2011 Conference Papers

Day 1 | 29 March 2011

Keynote Speaker
Senator Bob Brown - Leader of the Australian Greens

ACOSS President's Address
Simon Schrapel - ACOSS President & UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide

Session 3
The community sector: ethics and overview
Dr Simon Longstaff - St James Ethics Centre
Renee Koonin - The Housing Connection

Session 4 | Concurrent Sessions

Session 4.1
Close the Gap Campaign
Justin Mohamed - National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Craig Dukes - Indigenous Allied Health Australia Inc

Closing the gap: achievable or cop out?
Feature written by Andrea Mason Monash University April 2011

Session 4.2
Is workforce participation the answer? Employment services and the Government's participation agenda
Sandra Parker - Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Lynette May - ACE National
May Lam - Social Traders
Toni Wren - Employment and Social Policy Consultant
Read Toni Wren's paper: Lifting participation and employment for disadvantaged job seekers: Demand-led and Supply-Sensitive Reforms

Still many ‘barriers' for people with disabilities looking for work
Feature written by Harrison Polites, Monash University April 2011

Session 4.3
Dimensions of Poverty
Gavin Dufty - St Vincent de Paul
Dr Kathy Landvogt - Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service
David Menadue - National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS

Session 5 | Concurrent Sessions

Session 5.1
Dissecting the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Associate Commissioner John Walsh - Productivity Commission
Lesley Hall - Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
Associate Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell - Griffith Law School

Session 5.2
The NBN: the electronic backbone of an ever-changing world (avoiding the digital age)
Robert Morsillo - Swinburne University & Telstra
Elissa Freeman - Australian Communications Consumer Action Network
Chris Dodds - Telstra's Low Income Measures Assessment Committee

Session 5.3
Video screening - Polly and Me
Visit the website

Session 6
Productivity, population and participation
The Hon. Jenny Macklin - Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Saul Eslake - The Grattan Institute
Ged Kearney - Australian Council of Trade Unions
Maria Tarrant - Business Council of Australia
The Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP -
Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction
Session Chair: Peter Mares - ABC Radio National
*Listen to broadcast on ABC Radio National's The National Interest

Day Two 30 March, 2011

Session 1
Reform of the not-for-profit sector: setting the national agenda
The Hon. Bill Shorten MP - Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation; Assistant Treasurer
The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP - Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services
Senator Rachel Siewert - Senator for WA
Frank Quinlan - Executive Director, Catholic Social Services

Session 2 | Concurrent Sessions

Session 2.1
National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
Sam Jeffries - National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
Josephine Bourne - National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

Session 2.2
Tax reform particularly from the standpoint of people on low incomes
Chuck Berger - Australian Conservation Foundation
Grant Belchamber - Australian Council of Trade Unions
Miranda Stewart - Associate Professor, Co-Director, Tax Group, The University of Melbourne, Law School
Read Miranda's handout from the session

Session 2.3
Aged care and homelessness
The Hon. Mark Butler MP - Minster for Health and Ageing
Kasy Chambers - Anglicare Australia
John Blewonski - VincentCare Victoria
Ludo McFerran - Australian Domestic Violence Clearinghouse

Session 2.4
Carbon, climate and community
Professor Ross Garnaut AO - University of Melbourne
John Connor - The Climate Institute
Dr. Janet Stanley - Monash University

Lunch-time launch
The Difference
The Difference is a publication designed to help Australia's wealthiest make a difference to the lives of our nation's most disadvantaged- while at the same time enriching us all.
www: www.urthedifference.net.au
Editor: Nic Bolto
Synopsis: click here to view

Session 3 Concurrent Sessions

Session 3.1
Falling through the cracks? Meeting the needs of young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds
Carmel Guerra - Centre for Multicultural Youth
Paris Aristotle AM - Victoria Foundation for Survivors of Torture & Trauma
Nyadol Nyuon - Lost Boys Association of Australia & CAAWI

Session 3.2
Gambling and the lives of people on low incomes
Andrew Wilkie MP - Independent Member for Denison
Jacquie Thomson - Lotterywest
Mark Henley - UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide

Session 3.3
Mental health care and poverty: intersections and policy implications
The Hon. Mark Butler MP - Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
John Mendoza - ConNetica Consulting
Barbara Hocking - SANE Australia
Janet Meagher AM - Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia

MENTAL health and poverty: A poisonous relationship
Feature written by Andrea Mason, Monash University April 2011

Session 3.4
Housing and homelessness: advance or retreat?
Senator the Hon. Mark Arbib - Minster for Social Housing and Homelessness
Sarah Toohey - VCOSS
Catherine Gander - NSW Women's Refuge Movement
Dr. Owen Donald - National Housing Supply Council

Session 4
Reporting social services: who really cares?
Adele Horin - Sydney Morning Herald
Patricia Karvelas - The Australian
Karl Charikar - Australian Association of Social Workers
Michael Gawenda - Centre for Advanced Journalism, University of Melbourne
Julie Posetti - School of Professional Communication, University of Canberra
Session Chair: Jon Faine - ABC Morning Show, Melbourne
*To be broadcast on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas Program