Centre for Civil Society
 Empowering consumers, families and communities
 





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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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for further information.
AGM SEASON

Making a difference in our not-for-profits.
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for further information.
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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Charter for Action on Disability

People Power in Victoria will run a major campaign in support of people with disabilities and their families until the next Victorian state election in November 2006.

The campaign will be based around our Charter for Action on Disability. CLICK HERE to read the text of the 10 point Charter. 

CLICK HERE
to download a copy in .pdf format.
(NOTE: you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the .pdf file. CLICK HERE to download a free copy.)

People Power will allocate its preferences in the next state election according to how the Victorian Government and other political parties measure up on the 10 points in this Charter.

Our message is that disability and carer issues will be ignored by political parties at their peril in the next
Victorian election.
   

HOW TO BECOME INVOLVED

Simply fill in the online form (below). There are 88 lower house electorates in Victoria: select the name of your electorate from the drop-down menu.

In each electorate we will appoint a Charter for Action on Disability campaign co-ordinator. We will aim to get each MP to push for implementation of the Charter, and we will monitor the efforts of each MP in doing so (as well as their parties). 

When you fill in the form, consider offering to co-ordinate the campaign in your electorate. This will involve working with others in your electorate to communicate to your MP (and your community) that disability and carer issues are important enough to determine the outcome of the election. 

Our target is 100 people in each of the 88 electorates playing a role. That would be 8,800 people which is a fair bit of People Power.


Name  

Email  

Phone  (bh)     Phone (ah) 

  I would like to support the Charter campaign

My lower house state electorate is: 

(CLICK HERE to find out which District you are in.)

  I would like to offer to co-ordinate the Charter campaign in my electorate

Tell us about yourself and your interests (optional)

  I would like to join People Power.

CLICK HERE for a membership form.

  I would like to make a donation of  $  

CLICK HERE to donate

 

Comments on the Charter and the campaign are welcome and should be sent to Vern Hughes by email or on 03 9326 4481.
    
PEOPLE POWER 2005

 

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.
CLICK HERE
to read Making It Personal.
THIRD WAY FORUM
Communitarianism,
Mutualism, Third Way Thinking

CLICK HERE to find out more.

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Family Carers
There are 2.7million family carers of people with a disability, a chronic or mental illness, or aged frailty in Australia. They are invisible to politicians and policy makers. Read more...
 
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