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The Great Australian Dream is not a harbourside mansion17 March 2017
International Women’s Day is a timely opportunity to reflect on our country’s achievement in respect of the gender agenda on a global stage.
Mental health deserves national attention but it also needs more national action27 February 2017
1 in 4 clients who received assistance from a specialist homelessness agency in 2015-16 were experiencing a current mental health issue. This is over 72,000 people
It’s like giving some people a seat on the bus, while those who most need to sit down are told20 February 2017
Today is World Day of Social Justice. Social justice as defined by the United Nations is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.
Australia Day should be an opportunity to reflect on how we create a reconciled and more equitable society25 January 2017
Historically, of course, Australia Day represents the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet at what became known as Sydney Cove.
Try explaining to a four-year-old why Santa won’t be stopping by this year22 December 2016
As Christmas nears, most Australians look forward to joyous celebrations with family and friends, but for some, the festive period can be a difficult, stressful and isolating time of year.
Solid commitment crucial to improve outcomes for young people25 November 2016
All too often, we hear about children and young people slipping between the cracks and missing out on the childhood and bright future they deserve because they did not have access to the right supports at the crucial moment.
We have to open our eyes and challenge the politics of division wherever we see it.10 November 2016
We don’t even have a Presidential system so yesterday’s election of Donald Trump, while potentially concerning from a global perspective, isn’t likely to happen in Australia.
Mr Morrison is wrong to devolve responsibility to the states04 November 2016
Call me a cynic but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Treasurer Scott Morrison made his recent speech on the housing affordability crisis just a week before the Housing Ministers meet in Sydney.
When one life event triggered homelessness in two older women07 October 2016
These are the stories of two women, Ivy and Margaret. Two women with much in common but very different outcomes.
It’s about giving young people a hand up to break the cycle of poverty22 August 2016
This week our Dandenong team shared the story of Ghulam Abbas, a young refugee helped through the Federal Government’s new Transition to Work (TTW) program.
Juvenile Incarceration: With a safe home to access bail and good legal advice, many of those boys would not be01 August 2016
Seeing 10 and 11 year olds in detention is disturbing enough, let alone seeing the disturbing treatment these troubled young boys faced behind bars –isolation in tiny rooms.
Too many individuals and families struggle to meet their basic needs10 June 2016
Australia is a prosperous country that prides itself on fairness, however too many individuals and families struggle to meet their basic needs and participate fully in society.
Reconciliation requires deep reflection and urgent action31 May 2016
Working together to avoid repeating the wrongs of the past while striving to remedy them requires our urgent attention.
We must never forget shelter is a basic human right11 May 2016
During a post Budget interview last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the comment that wealthy parents should help their kids onto the property ladder.
All young people should have a voice this Youth Week11 April 2016
Young Australians are our future and we are all responsible for giving them a voice and listening to their views.
We need more youth focused treatment services to tackle the national catastrophe of ice addiction29 February 2016
Imagine driving for weeks with your 17 year old son who is detoxing from methamphetamine.
On the verge of homelessness, all Kate wanted was to be safe19 February 2016
Kate, who just shy of 18 suffered from selective mutism after enduring an extremely difficult home environment.
Taxing times – housing key to creating growth for all11 February 2016
Improving housing affordability should be a major objective for any tax reform.
If NSW can commit to social housing, why can’t the Commonwealth and other states?08 February 2016
Mike Baird launched his social housing policy which will see more social and affordable housing dwellings built.
It is the job of all of us to help young people find the way05 February 2016
We simply need more young people living to their potential, in paid employment, contributing as active members of society.
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