Dr John Falzon is Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent Paul Society National Council of Australia. Trained in sociology, theology, politics and poetics, he has worked in academia, in community development in large public housing estates and in research and advocacy in NGOs. He is also a poet.
He has written and spoken widely on the structural causes of marginalisation and inequality in Australia and has long been an advocate for a fairer and more equitable society. He is currently a member of the ACOSS Board, was a participant in the 2020 Summit and has also served on numerous government advisory committees such as the Australian Social Inclusion Board, the Community Response Task Force during the Global Financial Crisis and the Energy White Paper High Level Consultative Committee. John has given evidence to countless inquiries on issues ranging from the inadequacy of the Newstart Allowance to the Stronger Futures Legislation. He is a regular media commentator on matters of social equity and injustice on the ABC and commercial radio and television networks and a frequent speaker at conferences and public rallies. John’s work has appeared in publications such as The Australian, Arena, Eureka Street, The Drum, Parity, Human Rights Defender, The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times.
He is the author of The language of the unheard (2012).