Sunday, 25 June 2017

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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Refugee Week 2012 helps restore hope

“The members of the St Vincent de Paul Society across Australia urge both the Federal Government and the Opposition in the strongest terms to abandon their punitive treatment of people who seek refuge in our country,” said Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon. “We have the capacity as a nation to …

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Statement to Stronger Futures press conference

Chief Executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Dr John Falzon, made the following statement at a press conference held at Australian Parliament House on June 18, 2012.  The press conference was called to oppose the Stronger Futures legislation and was also addressed by Aboriginal Elders from the Northern Territory …

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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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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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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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Easter manifesto

This article by the Chief Executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council, Dr John Falzon, was first published on the Eureka Street news website on April 5, 2012. …when he saw the multitudes he was moved to compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered like sheep …

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