Thursday, 14 December 2017

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2014

The St Vincent de Paul Society joins in national celebrations to mark NAIDOC Week (July 6 to 13). This year NAIDOC Week honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) men and women who have fought in defence of our country. Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond As the 100th anniversary …

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Offshore detention and secrecy

Offshore detention and secrecy a continual source of shame  The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has reiterated its opposition to mandatory detention and offshore processing of asylum seekers in light of today’s High Court ruling. ThisRefugee Week (June 15-21), Vinnies is also calling on the Minister …

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Vinnies boss says youth should not be blamed

Vinnies boss says youth should not be blamed for unemployment On June 13, 2014 the Chief Executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Dr John Falzon, took part in a radio interview with ABC 702 Sydney on the topic of young unemployment. The audio and transcript of the interview …

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Refugee Week 2014

Restoring hope to refugees and to Australians Vinnies encourages its staff, members and volunteers to throw their support behind Refugee Week being celebrated from Sunday, 15 June until Saturday 21 June, which includes World Refugee Day on Thursday, June 20. We also issued a media release titled ‘Offshore detention and …

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Vinnies recognises the importance of families

During National Families Week 2014 (May 15 to 21) Vinnies will be helping to promote the vital role that families play in Australian society. The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’ highlights the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing …

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Vinnies Budget Response: Tough but cruel

St Vincent de Paul Society Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon, says the 2014-2015 Federal Budget is deeply offensive to the people for whom every day is already a battle. “The government would like us to believe that this Budget is tough but fair but for the people who struggle to …

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National Volunteers Week events begin across Australia

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Western Australia’s Migrant and Refugee Committee recently joined with the WA Office of Multicultural Interests to host a morning tea. The event was attend by approximately 25 volunteers, who work in areas from assisting refugees with social and sporting events to emergency relief …

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Audit Report a recipe for inequality

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has issued the following response to the Audit Commission’s report: Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said:  “We stand in solidarity with the people who carry the greatest burden of inequality. Therefore we reject the US path of further entrenching inequality. It is …

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Cutbacks must not come at the expense of the poor

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia fears cutbacks flagged by the Government prior to the Budget will unfairly target the poor and has urged Treasurer Joe Hockey to find appropriate savings to reinvest in essential social expenditure such as social housing. Chief Executive Dr John Falzon …

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Help us to cut homelessness, not funding

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has launched its iconic 2014 CEO Sleepout with a call for national consensus on the urgent priority of reducing homelessness and increasing the supply of social and affordable housing. “Today as we launch the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for 2014, there …

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Vinnies asks government to listen to the NFP sector

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the federal government to abandon its ideological opposition to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said: “Rather than abolishing the ACNC, the government would be well-advised to listen to the voices of the …

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Vinnies says no to austerity

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has issued a timely reminder to members of the Senate Inquiry into the National Commission of Audit before its third public hearing held on February 18, 2014, that cuts to social expenditure will disproportionately hurt the poor. Chief Executive, Dr …

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‘We are not at war with asylum seekers’

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has called on Minister Scott Morrison to take a more rational approach to Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. “We are not at war with asylum seekers,” said Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon. “People seeking protection in our country are not …

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Christmas message: Work with us

Christmas message: Work with us The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has urged the federal government to make a fresh start in its approach to social policy in 2014. Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said: “We appreciate that a new government has its own agenda. We …

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