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The Victorian Interchurch Criminal Justice Taskforce has released this brochure to give a Christian perspective on current issues of punishment, imprisonment and rehabilitation, and to offer effective and just ways to reduce crime and increase community safety.

In a related development, Victorian Church leaders have written to all Members of Parliament, calling for a 'restorative justice' approach to crime and offending, with a focus on prevention of crime, support for victims of crime, diversion from prison, and rehabilitation of offenders.  Click here for a copy of the letter.  

The report by Professor Ruth Webber: 'I was in prison...An Exploration of Catholic Prison Ministry' was launched on 7 October by Msgr Greg Bennet. Follow the link for further material from the launch.  

The 2014 Victorian Government re-tendering of Alcohol and Other Drug and of community mental health servcies Psychiatric has had a major negative impact on services to vulnerable Victorians.  We call on the Victorian Government to re-instate this funding, and to learn the lessons of the tender process. 

Thanks to everyone who helped make our 14 August 2014 Annual Dinner a success – it was the breadth of guests that gave us the atmosphere and the celebration of shared purpose that made the evening so special. 

 Around 30 members of Catholic Social Services Victoria gathered in East Melbourne last Monday evening for the first of three workshops in our Pathways to Partnership series planned during this latter half of 2014.

The recent Victorian budget focused on transport investment, but missed an opportunity to focus on the needs of those on the margins of our prospering society. 
The 13 May commonwealth budget seems to have been worse - most of the 'heavy lifting' will be done by those on the margin. 
We need a return to solidarity and dignity for all.  One opportunity to redress these imbalances will be in the run-up to the Victorian November 2014 general election. 
The main message of this book is that the wages safety net is failing to keep workers and their families out of poverty and provide them with a standard of living that is appropriate by contemporary Australian living standards. 'The important issue is why it has been allowed to happen over more than a decade of enormous national economic growth, despite the Global Financial Crisis.’ 

There is much to be done across our society to ensure that all people feel valued, their differences are respected, and their basic needs are met so they can live in dignity.

Our submission to a current Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into social inclusion for people with disability makes recommendations around promoting a culture of acceptance and of equal citizenship;  provision of enabling infrastructure; effective service design, including services directed at people who experience particular disadvantage, such as young people with disability living in nursing homes; and adequate funding of Government-funded services.

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