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Anti-Poverty Week 14-20 October 2012

Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians. Around the world more than a billion people are desperately poor. The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to: strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia; encourage research, discussion …

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Another World

Media Launch, 2012 CEO Sleepout Sydney 1 May 2012 Dr John Falzon Chief Executive Officer St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia The French poet, Paul Eluard, famously said: There is another world but it is in this one.  This other world is one in which no one …

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Being socially nothing

Keynote Speech to NSW Legal Aid Civil law Forum, Sydney, 4 Nov 2011 Dr John Falzon We are discussing civil law on Aboriginal land, land that was unjustly taken from a People who were, and continue to be, unjustly subjected to the crime of colonisation. I pay my respects to …

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Churches and compassion

by Lisa Fowkes My experience with organised religion (or disorganised, for that matter) has been minimal. My mother’s catholicism lapsed pretty soon after I was baptised. My father raged against the churches, whilst adopting an eclectic fusion of Buddhism, libertarianism and higher mathematics. I briefly became serious about god in …

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Timely Anti-Poverty Week discussion

Anti-Poverty Week and growing social inequality in Australia were the topics of discussion on ABC Radio’s Sunday Night Program presented by Noel de Bien on 23 October 2011. Guest panellists included Vinnies CEO, Dr John Falzon, the CEO of Anglicare South Australia and National Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week, Dr Lynne …

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The Relative Price Index

St Vincent de Paul Society marked Anti-Poverty Week 2011 with the release of a new report showing how cost of living pressures unduly impact the marginalised. The Relative Price Index Report by the Society’s research and policy manager, Gavin Dufty, examines the suitability of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as an …

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Say no to income management

Bankstown, Sydney is one of five communities where compulsory income management, similar to that operating in the Northern Territory, will be rolled out in July next year. The other areas are Playford SA, Logan QLD, Rockhampton QLD and Shepparton VIC. Watch this SBS Television report where St Vincent de Paul …

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4th annual Gerald Ward Lecture on Social Justice

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia is proud to present the 4th annual Gerald Ward Lecture on Social Justice “How do we design a dignified welfare safety net without becoming a Nanny State – lessons from Catholic Social Teaching” Lecture to be delivered by Fr Frank …

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