Climate change is one of the most serious ethical issues facing humanity in the 21st century. The facts speak for themselves. China’s glaciers are diminishing each year. If they disappear where will the 250 million people who depend on their melt waters get water during the dry season? The water …Read More »
Finding their way home – The Record takes a look at how the St Vincent de Paul Society is helping homeless people throughout NSW to find more than just shelter.
There are hundreds of heartbreaking stories on the streets of inner-city Sydney. Matthew Talbot Hostel’s external case worker, Margaret Williams knows a lot of them. Margaret works at ‘The Talbot’ in Woolloomooloo, talking with and helping the homeless men who visit there every day. She says she’s seen the best …Read More »
‘Rabbi, why was this man born blind? Who sinned, this man or his parents?’ (John 9:2) By Dr John Falzon I was born”, he told me, “in S_____”, a suburb notorious for its run-down houses and kids running wild. “The taxi drivers called it a no-go zone and the bus …Read More »
None so blind – ‘Rabbi, why was this man born blind? Who sinned, this man or his parents?’ (John 9:2)
By Dr John Falzon I was born”, he told me, “in S_____”, a suburb notorious for its run-down houses and kids running wild. “The taxi drivers called it a no-go zone and the bus routes passed us by.” This man rang me out of the blue because he felt that …Read More »
The hunger for justice – The debate over breached welfare recipients forces us to think about the real causes of marginalisation and exclusion. By John Falzon
By John Falzon Since the St Vincent de Paul Society indicated why we would not be signing up to the Government’s new case management scheme for breached welfare recipients we have been heartened by the wonderful support we have received from so many sectors of Australian society. In addition, almost …Read More »
Providing accommodation for the frail aged is a difficult business. Profitability is marginal at best. Government subsidies for wages and running costs fall short of the real costs of care. Construction costs outstrip the capacity to raise capital in many regional areas or low socio economic communities. Financial survival is …Read More »
A critical reflection on Welfare Reform in nine sad poems and one note of hope, by Dr John Falzon Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveller who has been attacked. It is justice’s role to prevent the attack. Frederic Ozanam 1 1. Australia at …Read More »
Poverty as violence – If you want to know the cost of economic freedom, ask the people who are paying for it.
Words Gerald Arbuckle. Poverty is something we normally assume belongs to third world countries. We are the ‘lucky country’, a first world nation, so we assume that if poverty exists in the Australian culture if must be minimal. But we can become blinded to how our culture can intimidate groups …Read More »