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IN THIS ISSUE

2 POETRY

Inspirational poems.

4-9 SOCIETY NEWS

The latest news from the St Vincent de Paul Society.

12-13 SOCIAL JUSTICE

Poignant words from the Society’s National Council CEO, Dr John Falzon.

14-15 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

By Tony Roach The St Vincent de Paul  Society South Australia has developed a domestic violence policy as part of the White Ribbon workplace accreditation it received in March 2018.

16-17 INEQUALITY

By Dr Helen Szoke While economic development \ and globalisation have helped to lift millions out of poverty, there are also many who have fallen through the cracks.

18-19 ADVOCACY

By Brad Chilcott 'Do you expect a return on your compassion?’, asks Brad Chilcott, the founder of Welcome to Australia and thepastor of Activate Church in Adelaide.

20-21 EDUCATION

By Len Baglow Despite the introduction of  a low-interest loans scheme, the higher education system is still biased in favour of students from well-off families, and this bias has been increasing over the last 20 years.

22-23 POLICY MATTERS

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council Office supports the advocacy work of the Society. Read about the latest submissions the Society has made to government inquiries.

24-25 WESTERN AUSTRALIA

By Susan Rooney The Chief Executive Officer of the Society in Western Australia describes financial counselling as a growing need, with more than 6000 counselling sessions provided by the Society in 2017.

26 LETTER TO THE EDITOR

27 FROM THE ARCHIVES

By Michael Moran In 1977, fifty-three per cent of respondents to a Society  survey believed working wives were a threat to the family. Our members’ attitudes to this and other questions posed 40 years ago have changed dramatically, writes archivist Michael Moran.

28-29 YEAR OF YOUTH

The Australian Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (3 December 2017), as a national Year of Youth.

30 REFLECTION

By Andrew Hamilton SJ The most effective way of  reaching people is not first to offer hospitality but to beg them for it. This is the strategy of the gospel and what Vinnies Chaplain, Andrew Hamilton SJ, describes as ‘reverse hospitality’.