Posted 06-12-2019
Shared Strength: Parents taking their place at the table
After more than ten years of advocacy, the Family Inclusion Network (FIN) South East Queensland has delivered on the Hon. Minister Di Farmer’s desire to hear directly from parents.

The ‘Shared Strength’ document summarises the advocacy journey, and features some parents’ answers to the question “What is the most important feedback about the child protection system that you would like to give?”. Deeper detail, in fact dozens of pages of direct quotes from parents are available in the full transcript of parents voices 2018–19.

‘Shared Strength’ also commemorates the significant commitment - in 2019 - to a permanent Queensland Parent Advisory Committee of parents, the Minister, and Department of Child Safety.

Posted 10-05-2019
How Government investment in housing can boost the economy

"Insecure housing has a range of detrimental impacts, and is associated with poor physical and mental health, poor education outcomes, reduced social connectedness and social participation and is both a cause and effect of insecure employment. Taken together these factors have, in part, driven significant rises in homelessness since 2001."

An article published as a partnership between The McKell Institute and PwC, May 2019.

Posted 01-04-2019
Hope Street Cafés: Using Social Enterprise to Provide Training, Employment + Social Inclusion

This is an independent evaluation of the training, employment and social inclusion programs undertaken through the Hope Street Café initiative of Micah Projects (which includes two cafes: Hope Street Café and Hope on Boundary Café) undertaken by Associate Professor Ingrid Burkett, Co-Director, Yunus Social Business Centre, Griffith University.

The evaluation includes references to both the process and outcomes of the Hope Street Cafes in relation to:

  • creating pathways towards economic participation, particularly for people who have been excluded from the labour market for long periods of time;
  • creating opportunities for social inclusion and participation, growing social capital in the two locations through fostering community engagement in and around the Cafes;
  • using a social enterprise model to not only create outcomes, but also build on-going viability and sustainability into revenue models that can contribute to innovative programs and initiatives at Micah Projects.
Posted 06-03-2019
Getting to Proof Points

Getting to Proof Points: Key learning from the first three years of the 'Built for Zero' initiative.

A Report by Community Solutions on how end veteran and chronic homelessness in the USA, March 2018.

Built for Zero (formerly Zero: 2016) is a rigorous national change effort working to help a core group of committed communities end veteran and chronic homelessness in the USA. Coordinated by Community Solutions, the national effort supports participants in developing real time data on homelessness, optimising local housing resources, tracking progress against monthly goals, and accelerating the spread of proven strategies.

Posted 30-11-2018
Lotus Times Special Edition - November 2018

A Special Edition of the Lotus Times to mark and record the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse as presented by Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten.

Posted 31-10-2018
The Poverty Trap Impacting Older Women

Presentation by Natasha Doherty, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics at the 'Women and Poverty' Forum, October 2018.

“Poverty is not caused only by individual circumstances, but also by major inequalities built into the structure of Australian society. Some of the main causes of this inequality and poverty are access to work and income, education, housing, health and community services”.

Source: Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) (2011). Poverty and its Causes. Poverty Report Update, page 8.

Posted 18-10-2018
Lotus Times Special Edition

A special edition of Lotus Times to provide a snapshot of the Queensland Parliament’s passing of National Redress Act. This Act of Parliament will enable Queensland Government and non-government institutions to participate in the Commonwealth National Redress Scheme.

Posted 23-08-2018
Retiring into Poverty

A national plan for change: increasing housing security for older women.

Produced by the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group, August 2018

"Australia and its jurisdictions need a tailored response that raises policy to the forefront in regard to the issue of older women and their financial and housing insecurity and the impact of financial and housing insecurity on their health, wellbeing, participation and independence."

Posted 06-08-2018
Remembrance Day 2017 Address​ by Karyn Walsh

A tribute to the Historical Abuse Network and all individuals who have experienced abuse in institutions, foster care and detention centres.

"Remembrance Day 2017 falls within the last year of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia. The Royal Commission has brought national attention to the prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse and related issues within institutional settings: institutions which were established to care for, protect, nurture and educate children.

Instead, cultures of neglect and secrecy were created for the purpose of protecting institutions, and covering up criminal activities and abuse of power, leaving the legacy of lifetimes of pain and loss for victims and survivors of the abuse.

Many reports have validated that abuse and crimes did occur, as well as the impact on children throughout their adult life.

The Royal Commission has had the power and mandate to put on public record the responses and, in many cases, the cover-ups by the institutions when abuse and or crimes were reported by children or other adults.

We pay tribute to each of you with us today. We remember those who have passed away and those at home."