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IN THIS ISSUE

2 POETRY

Inspirational poems.

4 FRONTLINES

From the President of the National Council of Australia, Graham West.

5–7 SOCIETY NEWS

The latest news from the St Vincent de Paul Society.

8 SOCIAL JUSTICE

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

9–14 CONGRESS FEEDBACK

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Congress 2017 was held in Adelaide 6 to 8 October. ‘Inspirational’, ‘emotional’, ‘prayerful’ and ‘joyous’ are only a few of the words used to describe the congress.

15–17 PROFILE

Brian Murnane has a long history of working in housing in New South Wales but did you know he also spent 10 years living in a monastery? He is currently CEO of St Vincent de Paul Housing, which trades as Amelie Housing, and has shared his life story in this profile.

18–19 ASYLUM SEEKERS

By Rebecca Lim

Earlier this year, a Vincentian  from Queensland travelled to the UN to advocate for asylum seekers. Rebecca shares her experiences working with the Sri Lankan Tamil community.

20–23 HOMELESSNESS

By Dr Cameron Parsell

Read an edited excerpt from a paper published by a University of Queensland academic on the issue of ethical responses to homelessness, which challenges some aspects of how charities currently respond to homelessness and poverty.

24–25 TWINNING

By Andrew Rice

The president of the South Woden Conference and Twinning Officer for the St Vincent de Paul Society Territory Council of Canberra- Goulburn reports on a recent trip he and fellow Vincentians made to Indonesia to see firsthand the benefits of the Society’s twinning program.

26–29 FAMVIN

By John Forrest and Robert Leach

The St Vincent de Paul  Society of Australia was represented at FAMVIN 2017—a celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of the worldwide organisation that is the Vincentian Family. The event was held in Rome in October and two Vincentians share their account of the presentations and dialogue.

30–31 ENERGY

By Gavin Dufty

The St Vincent de Paul Society has been tracking gas and electricity prices across the national energy market since 2008. Our most recent report, National electricity market: time to shed some light on this market, has been released and it explores changes in prices and the drivers of these changes across the various states and territories.

32–33 HUMANITARIAN SERVICES 

By Deirdre Moulden

For 12 years the St Vincent de Paul Society New South Wales has successfully managed two humanitarian programs in the Riverina. Deirdre Moulden has managed the program for the last 10 years and witnessed many achievements in that time, some of which she shares in this article.

34 PERSONAL ACCOUNT

By Jen Vuk

Writer Jen Vuk reflects on three powerful encounters she has had thus far in her role as Communications and Public Relations Coordinator for the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria.

35 POLICY MATTERS

By Len Baglow

Last month the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council Office produced a briefing note on the issue of drug testing income support recipients.