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A fairer Victoria : standing together through tough times. /

by Victoria. Department of Planning and Community Development.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Department 2009Description: 73 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.).Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORK SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A fairer Victoria : strong people strong communities /

by Victoria. Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Department 2008Description: 58 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 'May 2008' cover titleSummary: A Fairer Victoria is a whole of Government social policy action plan to address disadvantage and promote inclusion and participation. The Fairer Victoria strategies for 2008 target four priority areas: giving all Victorian children the best start in life; improving education and helping people into work; improving health and wellbeing; and developing liveable communities. This document sets out the policy measures designed to reduce disadvantage by achieving better support for children and families, improving education and training to remove educational inequities and barriers to workplace participation, improving health and wellbeing, and strengthening neighbourhoods and local communities.Availability: (1)

Access to Australian commonwealth government information. /

by Australia. Commonwealth of Australia.

Publisher: 12/17/2002 16:49:08 2002Notes: Description based on contents viewed : 17 December 2002 Mode of access : WORLD WIDE WEB ONLINE RESOURCESummary: Cataloguer's description: This website, the Australian Government Entry Point, offers comprehensive and integrated access to Australian Government information. To date it signposts over 700 Australian Government web sites, indexes more than 1,000,000 pages.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Climate change, mitigation and developing country growth /

by Spence, Michael.

Publisher: Washington, DC The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Coming to the party : where to next for Labor? /

by Jones, Barry (ed.).

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Melbourne University Press 2006Description: xiv, 237 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Comparing public spending and priorities across OECD countries /

by Dewan, Sabina | Ettlinger, Michael.

Publisher: Washington, DC Centre for American Progress 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This descriptive study examines how OECD countries have addressed the current economic situation through their fiscal balance sheets, and then goes on to consider similarities and differences in public spending across OECD countries through the prism of economic and social objectives. Countries are compared according to three relative measures of government spending: spending as a share of GDP, spending per capita, and spending by category as a percentage of total government expenditure. ; There are several reasons countries run surpluses, although OECD countries generally run deficits, or small surpluses. Fiscal deficits can grow quickly during an economic crisis such as the current one, which poses an economic and political problem. But they are both inevitable and necessary to nurse the economy back to health. There is little disagreement that a balanced budget is desirable in the long term, however.Availability: (1)

Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2007-08 : summary /

by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Publisher: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2009Description: PDF.Other title: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW]. Bulletin ;.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Although SSAP agencies accommodate large numbers of people every day, they cannot always meet all the requests for SAAP accommodation. This bulletin summarises the demand for SAAP accommodation information contained in the 'Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2007-08 report' (internet only release), with a focus on the total people turned away from SAAP accommodation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Electoral reform green paper : strengthening Australia's democracy /

by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth of Australia 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Emerging change : 2008 summary report on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. /

by Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission c2008Description: v. : ill. ; 30 cm.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Energy and equity : preparing households for climate change : efficiency, equity, immediacy /

by Australian Conservation Foundation.

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Australian Conservation Foundation 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Green jobs : what are they and do we need them? /

by Eren, Cameron | The Australia Institute | Richardson, David | Denniss, Richard.

Publisher: Manuka, A.C.T. The Australia Institute 2010Description: 29 p.: ill.Other title: The Australia Institute. Policy brief No. 15.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes Bibliography pp 26 - 29 July 2010Summary: Despite a great deal of enthusiasm about green jobs, there has been surprisingly little interest in what the concept actually means. Given that the precise definition of a green job will ultimately determine both the environmental effectiveness of the growing body of green-collar workers and the value received in return for significant public investment, the absence of a cogent definition is a cause for concernAvailability: (1)

Growing up in an inclusive Victoria : Submission to the Victorian Government on the blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Fitzroy Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: 20 p. PDF.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission on the Blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the Government’s commitment to better integration of policies across early childhood and education as signalled by the newly established Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This integration opens up opportunities for targeted and sustained assistance to significantly improve the participation and development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially Indigenous children. The Brotherhood also welcomes the continuing priority on strengthening educational achievement over the next five years through the proposed reform agenda. We strongly support the Government’s commitment to building the learning, skills and productivity of Victoria’s children and young adults. We therefore welcome the broad thrust of measures and investment announced in the 2008–09 State Budget. We support the three areas in the Blueprint on which the next phase of reform will focus: system development and reform, workforce reform and parent and community partnerships. We can see some acknowledgement of the important role that a child’s environment exerts on his or her development but there is not enough recognition of the impact of multiple disadvantage on children and the subsequent need for resources. We also have strong concerns regarding the lack of acknowledgment of the vital influence that social circumstances and more specifically social disadvantage exert on educational participation, commitment to learning and achievement. The social context of children and young people may include, for example, parents’ poor physical or mental health or learning disabilities, material deprivation, Indigenous or refugee background, homelessness, domestic violence and substance abuse. Furthermore, there are other barriers that children and young people face in addition to those addressed in the discussion papers. These include learning difficulties and behavioural problems which impact strongly on educational participation and outcomes for individual students, as well as on the ability of teachers and schools to ameliorate the effects of disadvantage. Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1), Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Information Victoria : for information on State Government. /

by Victoria. Information Victoria.

Publisher: 10/19/2004 09:31:40 2004Notes: Description based on contents viewed : 10/19/2004 09:31:40 Mode of access : WORLD WIDE WEB ONLINE RESOURCESummary: Information Victoria was established in 1986 to provide a central point of information on the broad range of Victorian State Government activities. This Website can help you find the information, the people, and the contacts you need within Victorian Government. ; Information Victoria also keeps you up to date with: ; Public Holidays, School Term and Daylight Savings dates; ; OUTREACH program for the upcoming schedule of events; ; UPDATE bi-monthly newsletter keeps Victorians up to date with current State Government information and initiatives; ; GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS Call Centre an information line for a variety of Government programs: Grants; Whistle Blowers Protection Act; Network Tariff Rebate; Community Cabinet; Companion Card Scheme for people with disabilities (; Pre School Fee Subsidy and the Food Safety ProgramAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Labor s mandatory ISP internet blocking plan . /

by Electronic Frontiers Australia.

Publisher: North Adelaide, S.A. Electronic Frontiers Australia 2008Description: HTML.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/03/2009 9:55:59 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: "This analysis of the Federal Government's Cyber-Safety program opposes its implementation. "On 21 March 2006, the Federal Labor Opposition announced in a media release that a Labor Government would require all Internet Service Providers ( ISPs ) to implement a mandatory Internet filtering/blocking system. This proposal was retained as policy by the Rudd Labor government elected on 24th November 2007. Further information about the policy is in Labor s Plan for Cyber-safety released prior to the election. Few concrete details have been announced since the election, but early in January 2008 Minister Conroy confirmed that the policy remained in place. EFA and other concerned groups are currently attempting to obtain additional information. EFA is strongly opposed to this policy.." NB This analysis was last updated in March 2008. An ongoing site, No Internet Censorship for Australia is also maintained by Electronic Frontiers Australia in opposition to the policy." -- EFA website.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

National Energy Policy - framework 2030 : strategic directions paper /

by Department of Resources, Energy & tourism.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of Resources, Energy & Tourism. 2009Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/06/2009 11:33:44 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: This document sets the scene for the development of the Energy White Paper by broadly mapping out its intended scope and identifying some of the specific work being undertaken as input for consideration. The release of this document will be followed by the release of a series of detailed discussion papers in March and April 2009. The discussion papers will address international energy; realising Australia s energy resource potential; the legal, institutional and governance framework; competitive markets, structural reform and investment; maximising the value of technology in the energy sector; and our people, demographics, workforce and Indigenous participation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

National Human Rights Consultation Report /

by National Human Rights Consultation Secretariat.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Attorney General's Department, Australian Government. 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: An Australian Human Rights Act that is broadly consistent with the Victorian and ACT legislation could provide a resilient thread in the federal quilt of human rights protection, according to this report, which makes a series of recommenbdations for improving human rights protection. ; The report argues that debate about and consideration of a Human Rights Act should not be allowed to delay action to improve the quality of economic and social rights of those Australians who are most disadvantaged. The Committee finds there has been a tendency for supporters and detractors of the Victorian and ACT models to overstate the models? achievements and their shortcomings. A Human Rights Act on its own will not mend the largest holes in the quilt of Australian rights protection, but that is no reason to oppose such an Act. ; On 10 December 2008 the Federal Government asked the Committee to conduct a nationwide Consultation with the aim of finding out which human rights and responsibilities should be protected and promoted in Australia, whether human rights are sufficiently protected and promoted, and how Australia could better protect and promote human rights. ; The Committee travelled the length and breadth of the country to seek the community?s views. Thousands of people participated in the Consultation, by attending community roundtables, by presenting submissions, by appearing at public hearings, and in other ways. ; This report sets out the primary points the community raised in relation to the protection and promotion of human rights and identifies a number of options for the Federal Government to consider. The advantages and disadvantages of these options are examined, and the Committee makes findings and recommendations in relation to what it learnt during the Consultation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Networks, innovation and public policy : politicians, bureaucrats and the pathways to change inside government /

by Considine, Mark.

Publisher: New York, NY Palgrave Macmillan 2009Description: xvi, 231 p. ; 23 cm.Notes: Formerly CIP. Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: "Drawing on a major quantitative and qualitative study, involving almost 800 actors and their networks, this book examines the different normative approaches politicians, bureaucrats and community actors use to frame the innovation puzzle, arguing that these create specific cultures of innovation. Combining public policy with social network analysis, the authors explore the role of formal institutions and informal networks in promoting and impeding governmental innovation. It shows conclusively that networks matter more than any other single attribute, shaping local cultures in governments and marking out differences in the way politicians and bureaucrats address innovation inside government."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Our future in our hands : creating a sustainable national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples /

by Steering Committee for the Creation of a New National epresentative Body.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Human Rights Commission 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This report proposes a model for a new national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ; There are three main contributions that the National Representative Body can make to the closing the gap agenda and in the relationship with government more generally. These are by: ; Providing the basis for a new relationship with governments ? in order to reset the relationship based on partnership and genuine engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; ; Ensuring that there is a ?shared journey? between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and governments ? with a shared ambition for the future that reflects the desires and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, our families, communities and cultures; and ; Holding governments to account for their performance ? in order to ensure governments remain focused over the longer term, with a clear understanding of their responsibilities and transparent accountability frameworks that remain relevant and targeted to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Poverty, inequality and human rights : /

by Donald, Alice | Elizabeth Mottershaw.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2009Description: PDF.Summary: How other countries have used human rights to tackle poverty and how this could be applied in the UK. ; People working to tackle poverty in the UK are increasingly interested in using human rights in their work. This study looks at how this has been done in other countries, its impact on affected communities, debate, policy and government programmes, and its relevance for the UK. ; The report covers: ; how human rights have been used to understand poverty; ; how communities experiencing poverty use human rights to act against injustice, build alliances between disparate groups, and articulate their conditions and claims; ; the tools that communities and their allies use to hold the state accountable for its human rights obligations; ; how human rights have been implemented in practice in anti-poverty work by governments and other organisations; and ; lessons for integrating human rights and anti-poverty work in the UK.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Reconnecting Labor. /

by Donovan, Barry.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Scribe Publications 2006Description: 213 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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