Communities in Control 2008
The Community Challenge: Building pathways towards true social inclusionConference opened 16 Jun 2008, Melbourne
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The Hon Peter Batchelor MLA
Affordable, Accessible and Sustainable: Developing liveable communities
We think there should be a dedicated area of government that can represent the interests of the community sector within the Victorian government. That's why we've created a new Office for the Community Sector that will give the community sector a very strong voice in government.
Pat Turner AM
Closing the Gap: When and how will Australia ever become truly liveable for Indigenous Australians?
In 220 years indigenous Australians have been utterly dispossessed, utterly denigrated, utterly discriminated against, and utterly marginalised. Well, time's up.
Prof. Fran Baum
Not In My Backyard: How globalisation can be harnessed to support local equality, inclusion and community
Globalisation poses great threats, but it can be harnessed to support local struggles. In the 21st Century we've got to accept that an interventionist state that controls markets and regulates threats to health and wellbeing is essential.
The Hon Joan Kirner AC, Meredith Carter, Debbie Kilroy, Jenny McGregor, Stella Young
The Great Debate: In the Face of the Enormity of Global Threats, Local Action is a Waste of Time
In the end, grass roots organisations, local action, will always triumph. It may take time, but local action will flourish, not diminish.
The 2008 Community Leadership Oration: At Home and Away: Now more than ever, global issues need local community leadership
At its very best, localism tailors solutions for the specific contours of local reality. It's humanising, accessible, self-empowering. It involves and it dignifies.