A budget that really has divided a nation
In the 2014 winter issue of The Record we unpack the implications of the Federal Budget for the not-for-profit sector and the wider community. Economist John Quiggan has kindly contributed an article as has the Director of Children with Disability Australia, Stephanie Gotlib, among others.
As for the Budget, the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia holds grave concerns about many Budget measures, yet the introduction of a GP co-payment and move to deny young people, who are unemployed access to income support for six months in a year, are arguably the most offensive.
The Society in NSW has recently established a petition to oppose the Budget measures. The petition has been endorsed by the Society nationally, and can be viewed online at www.change.org/vinnies-budget.
In this issue
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From the National President Anthony Thornton.
5 NEWS IN BRIEF
Order of Australia honours have been awarded to three people with strong ties to the St Vincent de Paul Society.
The newly elected State President of Queensland, John Forrest, aims to continually promote a culture of caring, sharing and trust at the St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland.
7 OUR PEOPLE
St Vincent de Paul Society National Council Vice President has been named South Australia’s Young Lawyer of the Year.
8 & 9 SOLIDARITY
By Dr John Falzon
In the face of one of most vicious attacks on ordinary people that we have seen in recent Australian history we have a secret weapon. It is called solidarity.
10 & 11 DECISIVE POLICY
On May 22, 2014, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) released its new analysis of the 2014-15 Federal Budget titled, A budget that divides a nation.
12 & 13 POLICY DECISIONS
By Richard Denniss
This year’s budget saw the cuts fall heavily on those with the lowest income with the well-off left relatively unscathed. However, more equitable options are available.
14 EDUCATION AND YOUNG PEOPLE
By Stephanie Gotlib
The Executive Officer for Children with Disability Australia asks how the ‘earn or learn’ rhetoric applies to children with a disability given the challenges they face.
15-18 OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT
The annual Assist a Student newsletter publication comprising news from those students the St Vincent de Paul Society assists around the world.
19 ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
By Professor John Quiggan
High-profile economist and commentator explains how ‘hard Keynesianism’ might work and shares his assessment of the current macroeconomic situation.
20 & 21 AUSTERITY PARADOX
By Professor David Hayward
Our strange experience of fiscal austerity in a time of prosperity is a paradox borne from political choices rather than economic necessity.
22 & 23 PUBLIC SECTOR
By Nadine Flood
The national secretary of the Community and Public Service Sector, Nadine Flood, says it is a myth that you can cut public servants jobs without further affecting the delivery of services.
24 BALANCE SHEET
Responses to the Budget from Indigenous leaders, as well as, health and higher education experts.
25 BUDGET SUBMISSIONS
By Rik Sutherland
Budgets are an excellent opportunity for the St Vincent de Paul Society to make its voice heard on the important issues.
26 & 27 INFORMED CHOICES
By John Wicks
Retired Senior Public Servant, John Wicks, says in a democracy the community should be given sufficient, proven information to make an informed choice.
29 BOOK REVIEW
By Andrew Hamilton SJ
Noel Braun was 77-years-old when he became a pilgrim. His book The Day Was Made for Walking: An Aussie’s Search for Meaning on the Camino de Santiago, is reviewed by Andrew Hamilton SJ.
30 & 31 FROM THE ARCHIVES
By Michael Moran
In our very early years, the St Vincent de Paul Society had no overheads. Austerity was our middle name.
31 THE MAIL
Letter to the Editor.
32 & 33 PERSONAL ACCOUNT
By Trevor Brown
After reading the St Vincent de Paul Society publication titled Education is Power, a young student was inspired to share his experience at the Ozanam Community Centre in Melbourne.
Participants in the 2014 Immersion Program reflect on their visit to the remote community of Nganmarriyanga situated 375km south west of Darwin.
By Philip Keogh
An exploration of what it means to live the Catholic faith and be an advocate for others.