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Vinnies stands on sacred ground

NAIDOC Week 2015 The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia respectfully supports national celebrations to mark NAIDOC Week (July 5 to 12) and pays tribute to the collective dreaming, resistance and hope of the oldest continuing culture on the planet. This year’s theme, ‘We all Stand on …

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The Rohingya people need our support

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia urges the Australian Government to be a regional leader by offering assistance to the Rohingya asylum seekers seeking refuge. The calls come in the lead up to a regional meeting taking place in Bangkok today. Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon, …

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Vinnies marks National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week 2015 Vinnies is marking the occasion of National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) by ramping up our support for a referendum to officially recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Constitution and reiterating the need for the government to involve the First Peoples …

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Vinnies supports National Families Week 2015

Vinnies will emphasise the need to embrace diverse families during National Families Week 2015 (May 15 to 21) and acknowledges the critical role that all types of families play in nurturing children and in supporting community elders. The 2015 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities‘ highlights the important role families …

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Volunteers are happier

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia would like to mark the occasion of National Volunteers’ Week (May 11-17) by extending a warm thank you to our dedicated volunteers. This year’s theme, “Give Happy, Live Happy’’ certainly resonates with experience of Vinnies volunteers. There are more than six million …

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Struggle Street just got a whole lot worse

In response to the 2015–16 Federal Budget, the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia says while it might be dull, the Budget will not dull the pain for people who struggle to makes ends meet. Sadly, it also represents a lost opportunity for the government and community sector …

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Federal Budget 2015-16: Our Common Ask

Leaders from the community sector, including Vinnies CEO Dr John Falzon and Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) CEO Dr Cassanda Goldie, came together at the Australian Progress Conference held in Melbourne on 7 May, 2015 to discuss the kind of Australia they would like to see. This information was …

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Joint statement on refugees: Call for moratorium

The Refugee Council of Australia (RoCA) issued this joint statement signed by 100 Australian organisations and community groups, including the St Vincent de Paul Society, on 24 April, 2015. To see the full list of signatories please visit the RoCA website.  Call for immediate moratorium on sending asylum seekers offshore …

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ABC News 24 Interview on youth homelessness

On 15 April, 2015 Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) shone a spotlight on youth homelessness in our community where 60% of Australia’s homeless population are under the age of 35. St Vincent de Paul Society Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon, took part in this ABC News 24 television interview with …

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Youth homelessness: a call to action

With 60% of Australia’s homeless population under the age of 35, the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council is marking Youth Homelessness Matters Day (April 15) by calling for radical action by the federal government to address the causes and the consequences ofyouth homelessness, specifically through social housing, employment …

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Vinnies elects Graham West as its National President

Graham West, a leading not for profit consultant, has been elected as thenew President of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia Mr West has over 20 years’ experience working in government and not-for-profit agencies. He has been a long-time member of the Society and was formerly …

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Intergenerational Report fails to address rising inequality

The St Vincent de Paul Society has rejected the government’s rhetoric accompanying today’s release of its intergenerational report. Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said: “Intergenerational equity shouldn’t mean that the poor today pay for the rich tomorrow. “The members of the St Vincent de Paul Society are yet to see …

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Government will not create jobs by cutting spending

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has responded critically to the McClure Report and has called on the federal government to address the causes of unemployment rather than trying to cut social expenditure. Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said: “What we are looking for is a plan for …

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Flow on effects of utility disconnections

On 19 February, 2015 the Chief Executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Dr John Falzon, took part in a television interview with ABC News Breakfast on the topic of people struggling with utility bills. The audio and transcript of the interview conducted by Michael Rowland, was first published …

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Joint statement – end detention of children

For more than a decade under successive governments, we have watched Australia’s detention policies go through the same cycle: people are kept in indefinite detention unnecessarily for prolonged periods until the human and financial costs of doing so become so high as to compel the Government to make greater use …

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