Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Basic Rights not BasicsCard

Bankstown Forum – John Falzon from STICS on Vimeo. Basic Rights not BasicsCard Address to the Say No to Income Management Rally, Bankstown, 6th October 2011 Dr John Falzon We are discussing social justice on Aboriginal land. I pay my respects to the traditional custodians of this land. I pay …

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Women speak out on income management

 By Bess Harrison During May and June of this year, Equality Rights Alliance documented women’s experiences of income management in the Northern Territory. Their recently released report, aptly entitled Aboriginal Women’s Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory, provides valuable insight into the complexity of issues arising from income …

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Dr John Falzon discusses social issues with Just Salvos

Vinnies CEO, Dr John Falzon discusses social justice concerns such as the asylum seeker issue with Just Salvos presenters Gen Peterson and Kristopher Halliday. The 12 minute interview was conducted via Skype in September 2011.   Transcript Just Salvos:  Welcome to Just Salvos this week. We are continuing our series …

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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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The Penalisation of People Living in Poverty

By James Farrell Each week , teams of lawyers around the country visit soup kitchens, crisis shelters and other welfare agencies to provide advice and assistance to some of the 105,000 Australians who experience homelessness every night. While we can’t always find them a roof, we can help them address …

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Vinnies welcomes victory for human rights

The St Vincent de Paul Society has joined other social justice advocates in celebrating today’s decision by the High Court of Australia to reject the Malaysian deal. National Council Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said: “Right across Australia, the grassroots members of the St Vincent de Paul Society will be …

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Act of compassion for asylum seekers long overdue

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia insists the Government listen to public sentiment and scrap its Malaysian and Manus Island deals before more refugees suffer needlessly in mandatory detention. Members of the Society eagerly await a decision by the High Court of Australia on the lawfulness …

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Vinnies CEO interviewed by Naomi Woodley for ABC AM

Topics: Today’s release of the Australian Community Sector Survey 2011 showing a spike in demands for welfare assistance, calls for a rethink on social security to avoid UK style riots. PRESENTER, EMILY BOURKE: …the results (of the survey) have prompted one charity to warn that Australia needs to rethink its …

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Hype over asylum seekers doesn’t match the reality

By Suzie Stollznow According to the Federal Government, we have an asylum seeker ‘problem’. Malaysia is part of the proposed solution. The proposal means that, over four years, Australia will accept 4000 refugees who are currently living in Malaysia and who have been assessed by the United Nation’s refugee agency, the UNHCR. …

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Homeless Persons’ Week: Vinnies calls for housing justice

The St Vincent de Paul Society has marked National Homeless Persons’ Week this year by drawing attention to the people who are locked out of Australian society, including the members of Australia’s First Peoples. “We welcome the Federal Government’s genuine commitment to halve the rate of homelessness and offer supported …

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Vinnies calls for direct compensation on energy bills

The St Vincent de Paul Society has called for part of the Government’s Carbon Tax compensation to be made directly through household energy bills. National Council Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said: “We believe that the Government is making a genuine attempt to address climate change. We also believe that …

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Admiring the homeless

By John Falzon I remember some years ago learning a difficult but beautiful lesson about life. I was invited to attend a meeting of recovering drug addicts who were parents. They were working on a book together. This was a way of telling their stories. I am a firm believer …

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