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Rehabilitation, mental health & addiction programs trump prisons any day, says veteran crime writer John Silvester. theage.com.au/victoria/law-a…
If housing was considered in inflation data (a key cost-of-living gauge), the rate would be "significantly higher".… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
This year’s State election must focus on fairer outcomes for all Victorians by tackling the causes of the issues that face them, including poverty, disadvantage and crime.
The Victorian Council of Social Service released its 2010 State Election Platform, calling on parties to look at the ‘cause, not consequence’ in developing their election policies, from housing and planning to health, education and wellbeing.
See also the VCOSS 2010 Rural & Regional State Election Platform..
‘It is shocking that rural and regional Victorians are currently more likely to have poorer health outcomes, leave school earlier, earn less, and find it harder to put food on the table for their families than people who live in metropolitan areas.’
‘People in rural and regional communities can face profound challenges and need reliable access to basic services such as health and mental health services, affordable housing, drug and alcohol support, public transport and quality education resources.’
In conversation with Coaltion
A pre-election conversation with VCOSS CEO Cath Smith and incoming Coalition Ministers Mary Wooldridge (community services), Wendy Lovell (early childhood) and Martin Dixon (education), recorded on November 24, 2010.