Last week's Council of Australian Governments' meeting signed off on a few good ideas but amounted largely to putting out a couple of spot fires while the bush fire burns on writes Frank Quinlan.
Social statistics should never dull our minds to the reality of the human lives and circumstances behind the numbers. Each and every one of the 25 indicators used to chart the distribution of disadvantage throughout Australia is a sign, at the very least, of lives failing to thrive.
Introduction to Dropping Off The Edge, delivered by Fr Peter Norden SJ AO.
Frank Quinlan welcomes Dropping Off The Edge.
Yesterday the Government announced that a number of Catholic Social Services Australia's member agencies, including Centacare agencies will be involved in ten of the 25 new Family Relationship Centres to be rolled out nationally in July this year.
Anti-Poverty Week Public Lecture, Parliament House, Canberra.
CSSA National Conference 2006, Parliamentary Breakfast. Church and State: A Meeting Place - Fr Joe Caddy
Monsignor James Francis (Frank) McCosker, a founding father of Catholic social services in Australia, is one of those monsignors who, as path-breaking priests with some church authority and some freedom to move, have played a significant role in church-state relations in Australia.
Norma Parker Award for Excellence in Service (Organisational)
The CSSA Award for Most Innovative Program, presented at the National Museum of Australia.