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March 2019

Church calls for living wage for Australian families

The Church has made submissions on the minimum wage since 2003 with a focus on low-paid workers and their families, arguing for a decent standard of living for wage-dependent families. Megan Kavanagh, a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Employment Relations Reference Group, said there has been a tradition in Australia – dating back...

February 2019

Medicalis-nation: the growing dependence of Australian public policy on drugs

An edited version of this paper was published in the Mandarin on 26 February 2019. Australian media regularly reports concerns about the over-use of drugs to treat our most vulnerable. However, what this reporting has missed is the subtle but underlying trend toward medicalisation in public policy. I first met Dorothy as part of a national evaluation of...

January 2019

A job is the best form of welfare

With its announcement of an overhaul of the Jobactive program, the Australian Labor Party last week made the first move of the year on employment policy. But with a federal election looming, we ought to prepare ourselves for a mantra of “jobs” and “the economy”. Read more at Pro Bono Australia.

December 2018

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference – Statement on Refugees and Asylum Seekers

STATEMENT FROM THE ACBC PRESIDENT ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE Our elected representatives have returned home for Christmas without resolving the offshore detention crisis that confronts our country. It would seem that a majority in both houses of our Parliament favour laws and policies that will bring to an end the five-year saga of refugees and asylum-seekers...

November 2018

Schools as ‘wrap-around hubs’ in disadvantaged communities

By Brenton Prosser PhD Over the last few years, there has been growing interest around school-led community initiatives to respond to challenges in areas of entrenched disadvantage. It is not as though community hubs are a new idea, while place-based projects have been around for over a decade. But it raises the question of what...

October 2018

August 2018

Any Shift to Outcomes Based Funding for Social Services Must Proceed in Partnership

FOR SOME TIME NOW, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE POINTED TO THE CONTRADICTION OF BEING FUNDED BY THE NUMBER OF SERVICES THEY DELIVER FOR PROGRAMS THAT ESPOUSE BETTER CLIENT OUTCOMES. NOW, WITH INCREASED COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT INTEREST IN OUTCOMES BASED APPROACHES, IS THIS A CASE OF BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR? The traditional way...