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For the Feast of St Joseph the Worker on 1 May, the Chairman of Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv is calling for an urgent increase in minimum wages and the Newstart Allowance. Australia is facing a wage crisis, Bishop Long writes in his pastoral letter, A Fair Day's Pay - for the dignity of the worker and good of all. Read the full pastoral letter, here.
Catholic social services make a substantial contribution to the social fabric of Victoria. Services range from alcohol treatment, crisis housing, Indigenous ministry and prison ministry, to the protection of women and children escaping family violence, refugees and asylum seekers and those impacted by human trafficking. More than 200,000 people were supported by Catholic social service organisations during 2016-2017, with the total number of occasions of support being in excess of 400,000. The total expenditure in assisting these people was more than $700 million and included 6800 employed staff and at least 17,600 volunteers.

Together with ThinkPrevent, Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a workshop on Bystander Intervention for parishes and those keen to respond, to the prevention of family violence and violence against women. The workshop will be held at the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, from 6pm (for 6.30pm start). Dr Ree Boddé, CEO of ThinkPrevent will speak.

Catholic social services has a key role in building a Church that serves those on the margins; to hold others to account to ensure this is core business, for Church and for government; and to find the words to convey the belief that underpins our work. These words were spoken by Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV), Denis Fitzgerald, in his welcoming address at the CSSV Annual General Meeting held in East Melbourne last night.

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