A strong economy and increasing house prices, resulting in continued
growth in Victorian Government revenues, has underpinned significant additional
budget funding on responding to family violence, transport infrastructure and
police numbers. This complements initiatives over the past year in housing access, and child and family support.
Competition and efficiently working markets have their role to play, but collaboration not competition, mission not markets should be the drivers of social service delivery in the 21st century, according to a recent article by Denis Fitzgerald from Catholic Social Services Victoria. Related to this, faith-based bodies can only achieve their potential in service and advocacy and be true to their prophetic calling if they also develop and advance a new vision of a society that would be informed by the needs of all.
Which of these standards should we relax for people in prison? Which of these can be done away with without undermining
the minimum acceptable levels of respect for the human dignity of an older
person? Which of them would we want set
aside if an elderly family member were to be incarcerated?
We need to have the conversation.
Great news that Australia is to take 12,000 more refugees, plus provide additional assistance to those in need in the Middle East.
National Child Protection Week invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Click here for a reflection from Catholic Social Services Victoria on the challenge posed by recent reports about vulnerable children, including As a good parent would from the Child Safety Commission.
Among other things, 'a whole of society response is needed. We are all called to take responsibility for our own behaviour, but also to play our part in changing the general culture through our impact on those around us.'