Tuesday, 19 June 2018

What’s a good society got to do with health?

Dr John Falzon, Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia, explores what kind of society promotes good health, and argues that punitive policies, such as compulsory income management, are a sign of an unhealthy society. Follow link to full article on blogs.crikey.com.au

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Minister is on the right track: Homeless Persons Week 2012

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has welcomed today’s statement made by the Minister for Homelessness, Brendan O’Connor, recognising the need to give people who are homeless permanent accommodation first and then provide the appropriate services to assist them. Chief Executive Dr John Falzon said that …

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Social justice update – July 2012

Social justice update – July 2012 New homelessness statistics released An estimated 98,742 clients were assisted by specialist homelessness agencies in Australia between October and December last year with domestic and family violence the most common reason people sought assistance. Of those seeking help 18% of clients were aged under …

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Anti-Poverty Week 14-20 October 2012

Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians. Around the world more than a billion people are desperately poor. The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to: strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia; encourage research, discussion …

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Social Justice Update – May 2012

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 …

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Social Justice Update – June 2012

Social justice update – June 2012 Captive audience helps to raise awareness of homelessness This time last week the Society was preparing to host its biggest initiative to alleviate homelessness, the CEO Sleepout. In football stadiums and cultural institutions in capital cities and regional centres across the country the Society …

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“A sad week for human rights” – St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has condemned both Government and Opposition this week for violating Australia’s human rights obligations and failing to make proper use of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon, said: “We reject the current false debate on asylum …

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Social justice update – June 2012

Captive audience helps to raise awareness of homelessness: This time last week the Society was preparing to host its biggest initiative to alleviate homelessness, the CEO Sleepout. In football stadiums and cultural institutions in capital cities and regional centres across the country the Society had organised it so that on …

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Who’s afraid of human rights?

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By Emilija Beljic Human rights form part of the democratic process and serve to strengthen a democracy, demanding transparency in the legislative process and calling into account elected representatives when their political judgement falls short of expectations demanded by their citizens. The juxtaposition of modern democratic theory on one hand …

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