Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Stop punishing asylum seekers

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has urged the Australian Government to stop punishing asylum seekers. “We appreciate that the Australian Government has a responsibility to protect our borders,” said Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon. “But this does not give it the license to punish innocent …

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The problem with prosperous Australia

By John Falzon ‘And, in the dawn, armed with an ardent patience, we shall enter magnificent cities.’ (Arthur Rimbaud) There’s something disquieting about quietness imposed from above in the heart of a democracy. Something eerie. The voices of the people who continue to be oppressed and abandoned are, in many …

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Immersion

Young Vincentian Ashleigh Green’s candid view of a surprising journey to the heartland. I look back to my journal entry on 27 March 2010. Sitting at the departure gate at Sydney airport, 30 minutes prior to departure to Darwin, I wrote: “I know nothing of the world I am about …

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Let’s Redistribute Hope

The way I looked at the world changed forever when I first read Frantz Fanon, the psychiatrist and great theorist of the confluence between the colonisation of land and the crushing of the spirit. Colonial Algeria, a site of incredible violence, seems like a world away from industrialised Australia in …

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Watt cost for new scheme

The Federal Government’s carbon emissions trading plan will have implications for social welfare payments, writes Gavin Dufty. With the release of the Rudd Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) Australia has taken the first tentative steps towards a low carbon future. Of particular interest to the St Vincent de Paul …

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Assisted Learning

The Australian co-ordinator of the Assist a Student program, BR DOUG WALSH tells The Record about the Pakistan Literacy Project, a joint special work of the Society in the two nations. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s Assist a Student Program is helping to transform the lives of young people …

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