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Homelessness, Social Justice and Inequality: What happens on the ground?

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Fitzroy Town Hall

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Fitzroy, VIC 3065

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In a world of increasing inequality, social justice has become an elusive concept, often replaced by rhetoric that avoids addressing structural problems by blaming individuals for their circumstances. Politicians and commentators race-baiting attitudes and the dehumanisation of the unemployed, underpriviliged or the incarcerated is harming Australia.

This evening, we hear from Elli McGavin, National Head of Policy, Research and Social Justice for the Salvation Army, about her experiences on the ground. We follow her keynote address with a discussion panel of faith leaders to explore practical ways of addressing inequality and promoting social justice in faith communities.

Elli has a diverse background and extensive experience in community services, social policy and adult education. Elli has worked for more than 20 years in community sector in residential youth programs, alcohol and other drug rehabilitation for women, community care and policy and research. In addition, she has also enjoyed teaching and management roles at Swinburne University and Eva Booth College. In addition, Elli is a member of the Academic Committee at Eva Booth College (University of Divinity) and is also a serving member of the community reference group for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA).

Elli’s engagement in social justice and policy development has also previously included representing The Salvation Army on the National Council of Women, the Australian Women’s Coalition reporting to the Minister for Women’s Affairs, the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery as well as a range of committees and project teams. A keen interest in a broad range of areas is reflected in the qualifications Elli holds in social science, theology, adult education, community welfare work, management and human resources management. Elli’s Master of Arts thesis examined domestic violence service delivery and her PhD examined risk, compliance and identity in a tertiary education setting.



This seminar is supported by Muslim Collective (www.muslimcollective.com)

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