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What UK pollsters can tell Australians about citizen engagement and the 2019 federal election

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? These are but a few of the questions being asked in the...

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Long-time CSSA employee gets papal honour

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 papal...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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