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National Reconciliation Week Statement

National Reconciliation Week Statement The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has marked Reconciliation Week by calling on all Australians to develop and nurture a deep respect for the First Peoples of this land. National President, Anthony Thornton said that Reconciliation can only be achieved where there …

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National Families Week 2012 Statement

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council extends warm wishes to all families during National Families Week 2012 (May 15 to 21) as well as paying tribute to the unsung heroes of the community sector who help families in crisis. Celebrations to mark the national week coincide with the …

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Vinnies volunteers- everyone counts!

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has whole-heartedly thanked its 50,000 volunteers and members and has urged them to take a bow this National Volunteers Week (May 14 to 20). National Council President, Tony Thornton said the volunteers who work in Vinnies Centres and Conferences around Australia are, …

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End Child Detention Now

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council says that cruelty is the unequivocal consequence of keeping children in detention and calls on the Government to honour its 2010 promise to end child detention. Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said he was deeply saddened to learn that around 528 children …

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Remembering the Apology

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council is marking the fourth anniversary of the Australian Government’s Apology to the Stolen Generations by calling on the Government to reverse its roll-out of damaging policies such as Compulsory Income Management  and the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM). Chief Executive, Dr …

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St Vincent de Paul Society says thank you to volunteers

Today the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council would like to thank its Australian volunteers, who number in excess of 50,000, and pay tribute to the selfless efforts of volunteers worldwide. National President Anthony Thornton said International Volunteers Day (December 5) was a great opportunity to say a huge …

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Energy rules must change—consumers and big business agree

Joint media statement Consumer representatives from across the nation demand fairness in energy prices as rule changes are proposed to prevent price gouging by energy network businesses. Consumer groups from around Australia have joined the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and some of the nation’s biggest businesses in calling for reform …

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Cooperation not intervention – joint release from community welfare sector

A call for a new direction in policies affection Indigenous Australians in the NT From the Australian Council of Social Services Aboriginal peak bodies, community welfare and public health groups from around the country are calling for a new direction in policies affecting Aboriginal Australians based on cooperation, not ‘intervention’. The groups …

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Rare opportunity to minimise pokies risk

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia believes the Federal Government has a rare opportunity to address the issue of problem gambling. Following a meeting of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce held in Canberra today, Chief Executive Dr John Falzon said: “The St Vincent de Paul Society …

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Australia has work to do – Anti-Poverty Week 2011

Australia has work to do – Anti-Poverty Week 2011 The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia will continue its push for a major overhaul of the support payment system during Anti-Poverty Week 2011. Chief Executive Officer, Dr John Falzon, says if the Government really wants to address …

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University course for Australian experiencing disadvantage offers a path out of poverty

Media Release Embargoed until 1am, Thursday, 22 September 2011 A groundbreaking university course for people struggling with homelessness, mental illness and long-term unemployment has resulted in improved health, housing, financial and social outlooks among participants according to a new study. The Catalyst-Clemente program provides accredited university courses in humanities subjects …

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A lack of affordable housing hurts everyone

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia says the basic human rights of many Australians are being compromised due to a lack of affordable housing. The St Vincent de Paul Society has joined a new campaign, Australians for Affordable Housing, launched by 60 national housing, welfare and …

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