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Social Justice Issue in Australia


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Year 10 students have researched a social justice issue in Australia. This is their response.

Published in: Economy & Finance, Spiritual

Social Justice Issue in Australia

  2. 3. WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS? Homelessness is when a person is: <ul><ul><ul><li>キ Currently living on the street </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Living in crisis or refuge accommodation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Living in temporary arrangements without security of tenure-for example, moving between the residence of friends or relatives, living in squats, caravans or improvised dwellings, or living in boarding houses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Living in unsafe family circumstances-for example, families in which child abuse or domestic violence is a threat or has occurred </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>キ Living on very low incomes and facing extraordinary expenses or personal crisis. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Within the movie we witnessed many homeless people, this issue is also reflected in Australia where people are left with no shelter, food or supplies. Homelessness in Australia is a major issue - </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Of 100,000 homeless people in Australia on census night in 2001: </li></ul><ul><li>58% were Male </li></ul><ul><li>36% were between the age of 12 - 24 </li></ul><ul><li>10% were under the age of 12 </li></ul><ul><li>8.5% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders </li></ul><ul><li>23% were staying in boarding houses </li></ul><ul><li>49% were staying with friends and relatives </li></ul><ul><li>14% were sleeping rough </li></ul><ul><li>14% were staying in services funded through the SAAP </li></ul>
  5. 6. What is the government doing about homelessness? <ul><li>Funding for from federal, state and territory governments was $328.3 in 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>There are numerous programs that the government in Australia run and/or fund with a view to alleviating or preventing homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>the governemnet provides a range of social security benefits (for example, the youth allowance and aged, disability and unemployment benefits) and health and other welfare type benefits/support which may be accessed by homeless people or by people who are in danger of being homeless. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Catholic teachings regarding the issue and activities the Church conducts to try and overcome the problems associated with the issue. The Mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is to deepen the Catholic faith of its members - to go out into our nation to heighten the awareness of Jesus Christ. We seek to co-operate in shaping a more just and compassionate Australian community, and to share our resources with our twinned countries. <ul><ul><ul><li>The Catholic Church has formed organizations to which look at assisting fellow Australians in improving social justice issues. There are organization setup all over Australia that are run by volunteers. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>The catholic church believes strongly in doing as Jesus did and providing shelter for the homeless and food for the hungry. </li></ul><ul><li>Through the gospels we are taught to love one another and to look after each other. The catholic church teaches us about social justice and human rights through the words of god that have been taught for generations. </li></ul>
  8. 10. How does the school address the issue of homlessness? <ul><li>Our school raises funds through Mission Australia, St Vincent De Paul, the Red Cross and many other organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Once a year a number of students assist with the St Vincent De Paul door knock appeal. </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>We believe the Government should be offering more support and shelter towards these people and also putting more money towards this important issue. </li></ul><ul><li>We believe that each Australian needs to take a look at their own lives and appreciate the warmth of a home. We think that each person needs to think of ways they can contribute to making homelessness history. </li></ul><ul><li>If we each work together every individual will have a home and be able to feel safe and secure therefore creating a better environment for all people to live together as one. </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>&quot;Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
protect the rights of those who are helpless. </li></ul><ul><li>Speak out and pronounce a sentence of justice,
defend the cause of the wretched and the poor.&quot;
 (Proverbs 31:8-9) </li></ul>
  11. 13. BIBLIOGRAPHY Commonwealth of Australia 2005, Dept of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, viewed on 25 th February 2005,