Action on Poverty stock-xchng2010 - Australia at the Crossroads: A time to set new rules - download PDF Word
Key moments in history – times of celebration, tragedy or loss – can stand out in the memory, capture an era and mark a point of change. The global financial crisis was one such moment.

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Global financial crisis stock-xchng2009 - ‘Working families’ and the minimum wage at a time of financial crisis - download PDF Word
Australia is starting to suffer the impact of the global financial crisis. At a time when our political leaders are considering how the community will bear the costs of the crisis, it must be remembered that wage justice for the most vulnerable is more important than ever.

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Migrant workers stock-xchng2008 - Migrant Workers in Australia: Our responsibility as a global citizen - download PDF Word
On this Feast Day of St Joseph the Worker we celebrate the value of work in fostering the dignity of the worker, the life of families and the well-being of the community. At a time when Australia is facing great skills shortages and many communities are struggling to fill job vacancies, it is worth considering the circumstances of migrant workers who come to our nation to help ‘fill the gap’. Despite their great contribution, some of these people are among our most vulnerable workers.

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Working hours stock-xchng2007 - Keeping Time: Australian families and the culture of overwork - download PDF Word
I heard a story recently that shocked me. It is of a family finding it hard to manage the demands of paid work on family time. The husband holds down multiple jobs, working all hours of the day and night and travelling from one side of town to another. The wife is also very busy caring for the six children they love dearly.

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 ‘Clean Start’ campaign stock-xchng2006 - The voice of vulnerable workers in the changing world of work - download PDF Word
In November 2005, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference voiced its concerns about the impact of the federal government’s industrial relations changes on the poor and the vulnerable and on family life.

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