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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Disability, MENTAL HEALTH AND FAMILies

The Centre for Civil Society will host a major campaign in support of a paradigm shift in public policy and community support for people with disabilities, mental illnesses and their families. This campaign will be an ongoing priority in the work of the Centre.

The campaign will be national in scope and organised in each of the 150 federal electorates around Australia. It will link together consumers and carers, disability and illness types, families and advocates - groups which have for too long been fragmented and ineffectual in influencing policy.

To co-ordinate our political influence on governments and politicians, we will organise by federal electorate across the country. In each of the 150 federal electorates, we will invite convenors to come forward and convene lobbying, campaign and media initiatives involving everyone who wants to be involved (consumers, parents, friends, siblings, advocates, support workers, service providers).

We will work to a CHARTER FOR NATIONAL ACTION (click to read the Charter). Most importantly, we will work across the disability-type boundaries that have weakened our influence dramatically (autism, psychiatric disability, ABI, physical disability, intellectual disability TOGETHER not divided.)

To participate you just need to register your interest (using the form below). We will organise online, with convenors in each federal electorate. Participants in each electorate comprise a federal electorate assembly (FEA).

Expressions of interest are invited from people wishing to be appointed as a Convenor in their electorate.

People who are not members of any political party, as well as people from various parties, are welcome to participate.

DISABILITY, MENTAL HEALTH AND FAMILIES: CHARTER FOR NATIONAL ACTION

Click HERE to read the text of the Charter.

HOW TO BECOME INVOLVED

Simply fill in the online form (below). There are 150 lower house federal electorates: select the name of your electorate from the drop-down menu.

In each electorate we will appoint a Convenor. When you fill in the form, consider offering to convene the campaign in your electorate, bringing people together for local initiatives. This will involve working with others in your electorate to communicate to your MPs and your community that disability, mental health and carer issues should be at the top of their priority list.


Name  

Email  

Phone  (bh)     Phone (ah) 

  I would like to participate in the Campaign in my federal electorate

My federal electorate is: 

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

  I would like to offer to Convene the Campaign in my electorate

Tell us about yourself and your interests (optional)


  I would like to make a donation of  $  

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Comments on the Campaign are welcome and should be sent to Vern Hughes by email or on 0425 722 890.
    
Centre for Civil Society 2007

 

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

CLICK HERE to find out more.

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