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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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Who’s afraid of human rights?

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By Emilija Beljic Human rights form part of the democratic process and serve to strengthen a democracy, demanding transparency in the legislative process and calling into account elected representatives when their political judgement falls short of expectations demanded by their citizens. The juxtaposition of modern democratic theory on one hand …

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Request for inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Incentives to Work) Bill 2012

Mr Harry Jenkins MP Committee Chair Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights PO Box 6100 Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 By email: human.rights@aph.gov.au                                                         15 June 2012 Dear Mr Jenkins, RE: Request for inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Incentives …

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Aboriginal solidarity with refugees

By Dr John Falzon In May this year, Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association, issued passports on behalf of Australia’s First Peoples to the two Tamil men indefinitely detained at Villawood Detention Centre. He said: “Locking people up doesn’t solve any problems, it only causes harm. We …

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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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Social justice update – May 2012

The Federal Budget 2012/13 In its budget response the St Vincent de Paul Society was sharply critical of the negative impact on people who are outside the labour market and sole parents. Although, the Society welcomed initiatives such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme and other measures to help reduce …

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The Intrusion of the Excluded

By Dr John Falzon Keynote Address WACOSS Conference Perth, 10 May 2012 We are discussing social justice 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 the traditional owners and …

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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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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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