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CSSA National Conference 23 - 26 August 2022

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July 2019

Statement on the 6th Anniversary of Australia’s Mandatory and Indefinite Offshore Detention Policy

19 July 2019 From the Catholic Outlook This weekend marks the sixth anniversary of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement that no person seeking asylum by boat would ever be resettled in Australia. Every single person arriving after that date was to be subjected to indefinite detention on Manus Island, PNG, or in the Republic of Nauru, under...

New Catholic social services CEO plans on working closely with government

17 July 2019 Former Labor candidate for Goulburn, Parliamentary Secretary and Senator, Dr Ursula Stephens is again back in a leadership role as the new CEO for Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), the Catholic Church’s peak national body for social services in the country. Dr Stephens spoke with Region media about “filling the large shoes” of retiring CEO Jesuit...

Dr Ursula Stephens accepts the baton

1 July 2019 The clichéd comment to make to someone about to take over from someone else who is well-known and highly regarded is to say they have big shoes to fill. In taking over from Fr Frank Brennan as the new CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia on July 1, Dr Ursula Stephens comes to the...

June 2019

A Fairer Tax System

While Anthony Albanese and his Labor team contemplate another three years in opposition, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is already working the cross-benches to garner support for his ambitious personal income tax cuts program. Mr Morrison’s tax cuts narrative is clear: the tax system needs to be fairer and provide better reward for effort. Read more at ...

May 2019

What UK pollsters can tell Australians about citizen engagement and the 2019 federal election, from The Mandarin

Why didn’t we see it coming?  How did the pollsters get it so wrong? What was behind the polls that consistently put Labor ahead over the past 12 months?  How could political parties ever change their prime ministers because of polls again? What UK pollsters can tell Australians about citizen engagement and the 2019 federal election,...

Long-time CSSA employee gets papal honour

16 May 2019 Mary Clare Jamieson, CSSA’s director of corporate services, was bestowed the symbol of honour of the Exalted Cross – Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for services to the Church and to the Pope), which is instituted for persons distinguished for outstanding service and zeal. A long-time Catholic Social Services Australia employee has been awarded a...

SPRC 2017

SPRC 2017 New Budget Standards for Low-Paid and Unemployed Australians Report On 23 August 2017 the UNSW's Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) with support from Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and United Voice, published a research report that showed the Newstart Allowance received by people looking for work falls well below...