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Submission to the Australia 2020 Summit

First, social inclusion pays dividends in economic terms. This is so for reasons eloquently explained in the [ALP's] November 2007 social inclusion policy. Many of the pay-offs of social inclusion expenditure will emerge only in the longer term, such as those arising from early childhood initiatives commenced now. But social inclusion, like climate change, is an area where the costs of not acting are higher than the cost of acting.

Last updated: 9 April 2008

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Open Letter to COAG

Catholic Social Services Australia is pleased to maintain the dialogue with COAG participants begun with our Open Letter to COAG Participants of 19 December 2007 (Annex A).

Last updated: 20 March 2008

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Leading Nationally - Responding Locally: Building social inclusions in locaties on the edge

A policy paper to guide response to Dropping off the edge.

Last updated: 10 March 2008

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Leading Nationally - Responding Locally: A Snapshot

Leading Nationally - Responding Locally. A Snapshot of the Dropping off the Edge report, commissioned by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia.

Last updated: 10 March 2008

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Review of Employment Services

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) welcomes the Government’s decision to review the operation of employment services. We have previously made suggestions about how Job Network could better serve the interests of disadvantaged job seekers in a 2006 paper A Job Network for Job Seekers (Murray 2006).

Last updated: 13 February 2008

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Opening Statement to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Cost of Living Pressures on Older Australians

Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Cost of Living Pressures on Older Australians Public Hearing, Brisbane, 8 February 2008 Opening statement by Frank Quinlan, Executive Director, CSSA

Last updated: 8 February 2008

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Australia's Compliance with the UN Convention on Racial Discrimination

Australia’s obligations under Articles 5(a) and 5(e)(iv) of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) have been compromised by measures under three Commonwealth statutes which do not constitute “special measures” under the CERD Convention.

Last updated: 29 January 2008

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CSSA Pre-Budget Submission 2008-09

The Budget is the financial expression of policy. New expenditure on social inclusion is mandated by both economic and moral imperatives, not least in a time of budgetary restraint.

Last updated: 14 January 2008

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Open Letter to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Participants

An open letter to the Council of Australian Governments addressing the council's agenda.

Last updated: 19 December 2007

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Submission to COAG: CSSA Open Letter to COAG Participant

When attempting to resolve difficulties and complications with so many cross-jurisdictional issues traversing the Federal and State/Territory divide it is refreshing to see a commitment from our newly elected Prime Minister to set in place a new framework for co-operative Commonwealth-State relations with the hope of resolving many current problems and challenges. We welcome the Cabinet’s decision of 17 December to place Indigenous Issues on the COAG agenda.

Last updated: 19 December 2007