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The deeper meaning of Lent and its fast, is a time for focusing on what matters, on allowing the death and rising of Jesus to become central in our lives, of waiting for God in prayer, and to turn our minds and hearts to these things as a community. It is a time for attending. The challenge for us is to make space in the busyness and routine of our daily lives for reflection. 
Some regional and rural communities in Victoria continue to face disadvantage. Our paper, based on the experience of Member organisations, highlights the gaps in social services and calls on government to address the lack of service accessibility and availability, the high cost of transport, energy and technology and the decreased opportunities for education, training and jobs. We'd welcome further insights to inform our planned update. Email Claire-anne.willis@css.org.au

We all need to do better to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. 
Together with Aboriginal Catholic Ministry we are running a 'Journeying Together Towards Genuine Reconciliation' workshop on 14 March 2019. Victorian Treaty Commissioner Jill Gallagher will present and there will be opportunity for discussion on the Treaty process and to hear from members about their reconciliation pathways. 

The Smart Justice for Young People Coalition has raised concerns with Victorian Members of Parliament over aspects of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Police & Other Matters ) Bill 2019, which are likely to have an adverse impact on vulnerable young people.

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