Friday, 6 May 2016

Opinion Piece – Under the guiding stars of struggle and hope, we can have a truly inclusive ideas boom (from The Guardian)

This article first appeared in The Guardian Australia website athttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/23/under-the-guiding-stars-of-struggle-and-hope-we-can-have-a-truly-inclusive-ideas-boom. By Dr John Falzon Forcing young unemployed people to live on fresh air and sunshine for one month a year won’t fix the budget and it won’t create a single job. Yes, it’s been Myefo time, and contrary to the …

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Penalty Rates Vital for Low Income Earners

Penalty rates are an essential means of building fairness in our economy, keeping many of Australia’s lowest paid workers from falling into deeper poverty, and should not be tampered with. St Vincent de Paul Society Chief Executive Dr John Falzon said: “It is vital that Australia’s penalty rates system be …

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Mental Health Week 2015

Vinnies has a strong commitment to assisting people with mental illness, which includes helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. We are proud to support Mental Health Week 2015 (October 4-10). Mental Health Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the …

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Vinnies says people seeking refuge welcome here

St Vincent de Paul Society says people seeking refuge welcome here Mr Graham West, National President, and Dr John Falzon, Chief Executive, issued the following statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis this morning: “The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia urges the Australian government to show moral …

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More worrying developments in asylum seeker policy

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia says our political leaders are putting the safety of the most vulnerable people at risk by their support for punitive and degrading policies. Recent changes to the Border Force Act have exacerbated the secrecy and uncertainty that surrounds mandatory detention …

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Homelessness Prevention Week 2015

Stepping up to tackle homelessness The St Vincent de Paul Society believes housing is a human right and we join with other organisations in support of the National Homelessness Prevention Week (August 3 to 11). Homelessness Prevention Week (HPW) is coordinated by Homelessness Australia and funded in part by the …

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Tony Thornton: a social activist who will be sadly missed

Anthony Thornton MBE SQNLDR RTD        10 June 1937–11 July 2015 ‘Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveller who has been attacked. It is the role of justice to prevent the attack.’  – Blessed Frédéric Ozanam   By Dr John Falzon Tony Thornton, former National …

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Vinnies backs report on entrenched disadvantage

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has thrown its support behind a landmark report, which found entrenched disadvantage is affecting a number of communities around the country. Dropping off the Edge 2015 produced by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia, maps disadvantage across the …

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Celebrating Refugee Week 2015

With courage let us all combine The St Vincent de Paul Society is celebrating Refugee Week 2015 by reflecting on how refugees, asylum seekers and migrants have contributed greatly to the fabric of the Australian community and will continue to do so for many years to come. Vinnies encourages its …

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Vale Anthony Thornton MBE

Vale Anthony Thornton MBE It is with deep sadness that we share with you the news that Tony Thornton, National Treasurer and former National President, died late last night. Tony was a passionate supporter of the Society and advocate for people experiencing marginalisation. His conference work, leadership of Centres and …

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