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Pages tagged "Mission Australia"
Mission Australia on new housing approach helping homeless men
· August 26, 2014 10:00 AM
Catherine Yeomans is the CEO of Mission Australia. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she talks about the success of a new housing approach to help homeless men secure and sustain long-term housing. A report into the project has shown positive results with almost 90 per cent of men still in their homes after two years.
Mission Australia talks about homelessness and the national partnership agreement
· March 18, 2014 11:00 AM
Martin Thomas is the general manager of social advocacy and public affairs. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about the need for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, which is due to end at the end of June, to be extended for another five years.
Mission Australia discusses national youth survey
· December 10, 2013 11:00 AM
Martin Thomas is the Head of Research and Social policy at Mission Australia. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he discusses the recent national youth survey. The survey showed that 1 in 4 young people believe there are insufficient opportunities in their local community for employment and job training after school.
Political parties fail to raise issue of homelessness in Australia
· August 23, 2013 10:00 AM
The federal election campaign has raised issues like marriage, paid parental leave, cracking down on people smugglers, and managing the federal budget. What there fails to have been is a serious discussion on the state of poverty and homelessness across our nation.
The ACL places a strong emphasis
on changing the state of poverty and justice in Australia through public policy; as Christians, we are called to be "generous to the poor" (Proverbs 19:17) and to "give to the needy" (Luke 12:33).
This week, the Pastor of a church in Sydney's Kings Cross urged the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott to focus more on the needs of the unemployed and homeless during this election campaign. In an
interview with ABC News' Sally Sara
, he says the most vulnerable in our society, including the homeless and asylum seekers, are being dehumanised by the level of fear in the current political debate, and that more and more, we are becoming a country with no heart.
Also this week, welfare group
St Vincent de Paul Society demanded an anti-poverty strategy
for Australia in the election campaign. Its CEO Dr John Falzon said that nearly 13 per cent of the population was living in poverty, including more than half a million children. The group has called on both sides of politics to commit to meeting the Homelessness White Paper target of halving all homelessness by 2020.
, there are over 105,000 homeless people in the country. That means that on any given night, 1 in 200 people have no home to go to. The rate of homelessness is also on the rise; the 2011 Census showed that in five years, the rate of homelessness increased by eight per cent. This is caused by a number of reasons, including a chronic shortage of affordable and available rental housing, domestic and family violence, and financial crisis.
ACL's Katherine Spackman recently
interviewed Mission Australia's CEO Toby Hall
about the need for political parties to address the issue of homelessness in Australia. Mr Hall said that both sides of politics have been weak on the issues; Kevin Rudd has loosely made comments about halving the poverty rate in Australia by 2020 but this has not been backed by any policy or money, and there has been very little focus on it by the Coalition. Mission Australia is asking both sides to partner together to provide the necessary resources and affordable housing to combat poverty and homelessness on our streets.
In the lead up to the federal election, the ACL sent a questionnaire to political parties designed to educate voters of party positions on issues of particular importance to Christians. Follow
to find out their answers to the homelessness question.
Dr Phil Flint on the Political Spot about Mission Australia's Going Place homeless service
· August 06, 2013 10:00 AM
Dr Phil Flint is Mission Australia's North Queensland Area Manager. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman he talks about a homeless service, Going Places, which is having positive results in the Cairns region. See related
Martin Thompson on the Political Spot
· December 11, 2012 11:00 AM
Martin Thompson works with Mission Australia. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the latest
national youth survey
which found that the economy is the major concern of young people.
Placing homelessness at the forefront of the election agenda
· August 05, 2010 10:00 AM
The last couple of years has seen a resurgent public consciousness towards the plight of the homeless, but Mission Australia CEO Toby Hall has written that the lives of Australia’s most unfortunate have somehow slipped off the radar in the rush and busyness of the federal election campaign.
Mr Hall, in an article featured in the
(neither online), writes that, “Australia’s 105,000 homeless population deserve to know what Labor and the Coalition will do to take the homelessness strategy forward over the next three years and beyond.”
“They deserve to know if their future Prime Minister will become a champion in the fight against homelessness or let it slide down their list of priorities.
“We need the next government to make a fresh commitment – all the way to the top – to seeing this matter through.”
There has also been considerable media coverage on the issue of homelessness in the last few days to mark National Homeless Week in an attempt to draw more attention to the desperate and shameful scourge of Australian homelessness, and to focus the minds of our leaders to this often unseen issue.
You can read recent commentary on this issue by clicking the following links:
The human face of homelessness
Homelessness has a female face
Policy on 'national obscenity' of homelessness a rare triumph
At election time, it is often very easy to vote for a candidate or party that meets our own needs, but the way in which the lowly and vulnerable are treated should figure prominently in our thinking. Homelessness is one of several key “
Points of Difference
” policies highlighted at our election website,
. Visit the site to see how each of the parties would respond to this crisis.
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