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Gaudium et Spes and the economic foundations of family life decent work and a wage that is worthy of a human being #

Paper delivered by Brian Lawrence in November 2015 to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes).


This the Australian Catholic Council for Employment (ACCER) and Catholic Social Services joint briefing paper on the proposal by the Federal Government to amend eligibility for Family Tax Benefit, Part B

The Economics of Laudato Si' - no surprises here #

Good Works - The Catholic Church as an Employer in Australia #

After a century the minimum wage system abandons families #

Applying Catholic Doctrine on Minimum Wages in the Context of Globalization #

Some Minimum Wages Issues and Questions #

Thispaper discusses the current position of wage setting in Australia, the new wage-setting system, three significant changes to the wage-setting system, Fair Work Australia's inaugural wage review and raises questions regarding the setting of safety net wages that take into account the needs of the low paid.

Some Questions for the Australian Fair Pay Commission #

About one in ten Australian workers depend on the safety net minimum wages set by the Australian Fair Pay Commission (“AFPC”). They are low paid workers who are unable to bargain for higher wage rates. The ACCER has raised five major issues to be determined by the AFPC in its current review of minimum wages.

Minimum Wages in Australia: A Catholic Perspective #

A paper presented to the H R Nicholls Society on 13 October 2007 by Brian Lawrence, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations.

A Catholic Perspective on Industrial Relations #

A paper presented to a forum entitled "A Faith Perspective on Industrial Relations in Contemporary Australian Society Community Forum" at St John's Catholich Church, Mitcham on 9 October 2007 by Brian Lawrence, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations.

Workplace Relations: A Catholic Perspective #

Workplace Relations: A Catholic Perspective is an examination of Catholic social teaching on work and workers' rights and on related economic and social issues.  The book contains a special section on Meeting Plans to assist parishes and workplaces to further explore the issues raised.  The book is available to download free of charge from this site, or in hard copy for $5.00 plus GST and postage via the order form.

Proposed Amendments to the WorkChoices legislation #

Several further amendments to the WorkChoices legislation and regulations have been proposed by the Australian Government this week.

High Court of Australia dismisses challenges to the validity of the WorkChoices legislation #

The High Court of Australia, by majority of 5 to 2, today dismissed challenges to the validity of the WorkChoices legislation.

The Regulation of Church Employment Under "WorkChoices": What are Constitutional Corporations? #

A briefing paper for Church employers on the nature of constitutional corporations and the transitional arrangements of the WorkChoices legislation.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Statement on Workplace Relations Reforms #

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference statement on the Federal Government's workplace relations reforms.

Discussion Paper: The Tax Debate and Wages Policy #

This paper discusses two key points of the taxation debate.

Briefing Paper No. 1 on the Commonwealth Government's Proposals to Reform Workplace Relations in Aus #

A discussion paper on the Commonwealth Government's proposed changes to Workplace Relations in Australia within the context of Catholic Social Teaching and the Church's collective and diverse experience as an employer.

ACCER Letter to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations #

Letter to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations regarding the government's proposed reform of the federal industrial relations system and legislation.

Work and Life Inititiatives: The Issues, Benefits and Considerations #

Provides information to employers on best practice approaches and the issues, benefits and considerations associated with these initiatives.

The Living Wage And The Low Paid: A Discussion Paper #

Discusses the definition of the "low paid" and what might constitute a "living wage." The objective of the paper is to initiate discussion about these and related issues for further consideration and evaluation.