Social Policy Connections
9th Annual General Meeting.
Thursday 27 November 2014
The Study Centre Yarra Theological Union
Best entry via 34 Bedford Street Box Hill
The AGM will precede an address at 7:30pm
Professor Paul Smyth
Harnessing the economy to the good society: a political strategy for church & community activists 2015
For many decades, social activists have often felt marginal in a policy world dominated by neoliberal economics. Today, it is hard to deny the sense of an international paradigm shift. Whether we look at former bastions of the Washington consensus like the IMF, the World Bank, or the OECD, or at international leaders from Pope Francis to Janet Yellen, the sense is becoming pervasive that enough is enough and it’s time to advance equality and a people-centred economy. Smyth reflects on how church and community groups can help fuel this agenda in Australia and roll back the fin de ciècle neoliberal austerity which currently masquerades as national economic policy.
Paul Smyth is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne, and from 2004-2013 was also General Manager of the Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL). He was previously the Director of Social Policy in the School of Social Work & Social Policy at the University of Queensland. Prior to this, he was senior researcher at Uniya, then at the Jesuit social research and action centre at Kings Cross Sydney. Paul is currently on the councils of the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Catholic Social Justice Commission. He is an External Thought Leader for The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Inc.
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