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CSSV's November eNewsletter is out now! With the Victorian Budget tabled only hours ago, this newsletter is full of latest news and information, upcoming events from Catholic Social Services Victoria and from our member network. We've also included links to the latest job opportunities that can be found within the Catholic social services sector. If you haven't already subscribed, be sure to do so here

World Children’s Day (November 20) is a timely reminder of the vulnerabilities of children and the need to ensure primary school aged children are in the playground – not in prison. Jesuit Social Services’ Worth A Second Chance campaign has just launched a new animated short film illustrated by Melbourne artist Ben Jelfs and narrated by Aboriginal author and activist Marlee Silva, highlighting the importance of keeping children connected with school, family and the community and the long-lasting damage that can be caused by contact with the justice system.

"The truth is, slavery touches the lives of most of us in this room every day through the supply chains of the goods and services we purchase. Do you own a telephone or a computer, clothing, shoes? Do you drink coffee or tea? Do you wear jewellery or makeup? Do you buy seafood, pet food, meat, fruit, vegetables or eat fast food?"  John McCarthy QC is Chair of the Sydney Archdiocesan Antislavery Task Force. An edited collected of keynotes, workshops and presentations, including this one is included in the newly published book, Serving Communities with Courage and Compassion, out now


The Victorian Government has recently publicised a number of social policies ahead of Tuesday's official Budget Announcement, which focus on addressing housing and homelessness in the state. The announcements include $5.3 billion to build 12,300 social and affordable housing properties, the establishment of a new statutory agency to create a long-term social housing growth plan, $870 million for the mental health system and $235 million to create 500 jobs in social services: mental health, family violence and child protection.

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