Centre for Civil Society
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We bring people together in each federal electorate (150 electorates around Australia) to work locally in engaging our communities and our  representatives in an agenda of empowerment of ordinary people and strengthening of civil society.
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SELF-DIRECTED
SERVICES AND PERSONAL BUDGETS


You can take charge of your social support, education and health care through a personal budget.
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AGM SEASON

Making a difference in our not-for-profits.
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STREET BY STREET

Linking
up people who live in the same street or nearby to build community by doing amazing things with and for each other - on a national scale.
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THIRD WAY FORUM
Communitarianism,
Mutualism, Third Way Thinking

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LEFT AND RIGHT?

"The Left and Right have been as bad as each other. The Left has allowed its distrust of markets and endless faith in government to obscure the importance of civil society. The Right has been so focused on replacing the state with markets that it has forgotten how to cultivate a trusting society.

This is the politics of the absurd. The Left identifies with the good society but rarely talks about the mutualism and trust between people. The Right recognises the importance of moral obligation but gives the impression of trusting market transactions more than civil society.

Few things seem to happen anymore without a government law or market transaction to guide them. This is how record levels of GDP in Australia now sit alongside record levels of crime, social stress and family  breakdown. The political balance needs to swing back towards civil society.

This task, in fact, requires a new type of politics."

Mark Latham, Mutualism: A Third Way for Australia," 1999.

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CORPORATE WELFARE WATCH




WINDING BACK WELFARE HANDOUTS TO BIG BUSINESS


The Centre for Civil Society supports a major investment of resources in the support of the most vulnerable Australians.

But where will the money come from? Answer: from a massive redirection of resources from corporate welfare to human welfare.

Because of Australia's bi-partisan tradition of corporate welfare, where both Establishment parties allocate taxpayers' money to corporates who say they need it, the true extent of business welfare in our country has been rarely scrutinised or publicised. Most Australians would be shocked by the extent the handouts to big business by both federal and state governments.

As Australia and other countries grapple with the impact of the global financial crisis, a wave of puzzlement initially greeted the decisions of governments to bail out financial institutions and then shore up corporates affected by their profligacy. That puzzlement has now given way to a disbelief and increasing anger at the entrenched double standard that runs through the structure and culture of government, namely:

  • Areas of human need such as early childhood interventions for kids with learning and developmental delays, or disabilities, or needs for for tailored educational programs through school, are starved of public resources, while car makers, property developers, banks and construction companies pocket billion-dollar hand-outs;

  • Community organisations must account for every cent in small grant allocations with onerous accountability requirements, while corporate welfare recipients are rarely subject to the same accountabilities, and in some cases, none at all;

  • Human welfare advocates are increasingly required to produce a 'business case' for their receipt of public funds; while corporate welfare recipients increasingly rely on a 'threat of failure' argument to influence governments to give public resources to private interests.

It's time to break the silence.

We invite comments and suggestions about how we can develop a major campaign to wind back corporate welfare in Australia and redirect public resources to public interests.
 

Handout When
Announced
Our Money ($million) Winners

Subsidies to car manufacturers

Feb 04 2009

$6,200

Auto company shareholders in
Japan and the USA

Commercial property construction investment Jan 24 2009 $2,000 Property developers
Free emission permits to coal-fired electricity generators Dec 08 2008 $3,900 Big carbon emitters
Car dealer finance guarantee Dec 05 2008 $2,000 Car dealers
GMH 4 cylinder car manufacture Nov 01 2008 $149 US car corporation


FURTHER INFORMATION


Vern Hughes
vern@civilsociety.org.au
Tel: 0425 722 890


  Centre for Civil Society 2008

TRANSFORMING OUR SCHOOLS

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for details of our campaign for a Real Education Revolution.

PARENTS FAMILIES AND CARERS

CLICK HERE for info on the National Federation of Parents, Families and Carers.

MAKING IT PERSONAL

Charlie Leadbeater, Jamie Bartlett and Niamh Gallagher have authored this highly influential Demos Report on Self-Directed Services and Personal Budgets.
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to read Making It Personal.
THIRD WAY FORUM
Communitarianism,
Mutualism, Third Way Thinking

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