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The vast majority of Australians (including more than three-quarters of voters for both major parties) support the reunion of refugee families separated around the world according to a new poll published on 2 October. A ReachTEL survey of 1,958 people, commissioned by Jesuit Social Services and the Refugee Council of Australia, found that 75 per cent of overall respondents answered ‘yes’ or ‘yes – but only after appropriate background checks’ when asked whether refugee families separated across the world should be reunited.

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria invites you to join public policy experts and people with lived experience at the 2017 Anti-Poverty Week Forum "Picking up the Pieces" on 20 October 2017, from 11.30am - 3.30pm.Together, we will discuss the consequences of increased social security conditionality and what needs to be done to pick up the pieces and disrupt cycles of disadvantage. Click here to register.

'Holding The Light', an ecumenical service of remembrance for victims and survivors of domestic violence will be held on Sunday 26 November from 2.30pm - 3.30pm at St Peter's Church, 15 Gisborne St, East Melbourne, to remember those who have been killed this year through family violence.
Australians are called to work for an economy that is based on principles of justice and equity – one that is at the service of all, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalised, says the Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen. Bishop Long was speaking at the launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2017–2018 Social Justice Statement, entitled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy, which is commemorated on the last Sunday of September each year.

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