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The cunning of consultation

Presentation to the What’s Next? Seminar Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Canberra ,7 March 2012 By Dr John Falzon   Chief Executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council We are discussing consultation on Aboriginal land, land that was unjustly taken from people who were, and continue to …

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Rights for children at Christmas

By Dr John Falzon – We love democracy. How can we not, we tell ourselves, when we look at the alternatives? It’s interesting though to reflect on what democracy means to us. We generally measure it by the extent of the right to vote for our political representatives or by …

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The Job Guarantee

By Dr John Falzon – The other week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Full Employment Conference hosted by the University of Newcastle’s Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE). Being, I think, the only non-economist to address the conference I was grateful for the kind treatment I …

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Building bridges not walls

The former NSW Minister for Juvenile Justice, Graham West, gave the following speech at the launch of the 2011 to 2012 Social Justice Statement launched by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in Sydney on September 14, 2011. By Graham West In launching today’s statement, Building bridges, not walls by the …

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The factory where we’re made

Keynote address to the NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council’s Annual Conference held in Sydney on the 9th of December 2011 By Dr John Falzon I’m telling you these stories on Aboriginal land.  I’m not from here. I came here, uninvited by the First Peoples, in 1968. I’m only beginning …

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A critique of economic correctness

The Chief Executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Dr John Falzon, gave the following keynote address to the 13th Path to Full Employment and 18th National Conference on Unemployment held at University of Newcastle on the 7th December, 2011. The theme of the conference was The Way Forward: …

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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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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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