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“A well-resourced and effective parole system will deliver better outcomes for community
Catholic Social Services Victoria is concerned that the abolition of all suspended sentences in
An address by Denis Fitzgerald to Catholic Chaplains for Health Care, Wednesday 16 July 2013.
The proposes new Victorian prison at Ravenhall must achieve best practice in rehabilitation, health services, and transition back into the community. 
The Interchurch Criminal Justice Taskforce has called on the Victorian Government to ensure that its tender process achieves these goals, in order to contribute to a safer and more just society.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of our annual dinner, on 26 July.  Congratulations to Bernie Geary (photo at left) on his lifelong commitment to the wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people, for which he was honoured at the dinner with Life Membership of Catholic Social Services Victoria.
In a speech to a VincentCare Victoria staff conference on 30 May 2013, Executive Director Denis Fitzgerald refected on the challenge of presenting the positive message of the Gospel at a time when so many are repulsed by the revelations of sexual abuse and cover up:  it is our fruits that will determine whether we have been true to our mission, and deserve the respect and the cooperation of staff and of society.

Thanks to Dr Bob Dixon, Director of the Pastoral Planning Office of the Australian Bishops Conference, for a broad and challenging Breakfast Briefing on 14 May. Click here for a copy of Bob's slides.

In short, which the proportion of people in the population that identify as Catholics remains strong (at 25%), a decreasing proportion of those regularly attend Mass (13% of Catholics attend weekly Mass); and the composition of Mass attenders is changing by age and by ethnicity - 41% of them were born overseas.

There was much more to discuss than the limits of the Breakfast Briefing allowed for.
The 2013 Victorian Budget caters to the comfortable majority, with significant effort applied to infrastructure planning and expenditure.  But it has insufficient focus on the the needs of those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged, according to Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria.

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