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2018 Anti Poverty Week

Picking up the Pieces was a feature event for Anti-Poverty New Zealand with St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and was held on Friday 20 October at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre with around 100 attendees. This informative and highly interactive forum explored the consequences of increased social security conditioning and what needs to be done to ‘pick up the pieces’ and disrupt cycles of disadvantage.

The day began with a video presentation from Professor Peter Dwyer of the University of York, as he explored some issues and concerns for families and children experiencing increasing welfare conditionality. Other speakers from the Australian scene were David Tennant, CEO, Family Care Shepparton and Cassandra Goldie, CEO Access.

Mr Daniel Mulino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and Finance, called in during his ‘sitting’ lunch hour to share his insights and recognition of welfare conditionality creep in government budget strategies.

The day concluded with a very enlivening panel discussion with representatives from government, business, community, philanthropy and research / recipients.

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