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Sep 17

 Victorian Voices a special Facebook Live series brought to you in partnership with ABC Melbourne. This episode was aired


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I just pray every day that we will be allowed to go outside of the suburb, just to get food.


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Sep 16

Although COVID-19 has been devastating, it has given Meena chance to pause and map out where she wants to take


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Mandy Weber and her two teenage daughters face the prospect of homelessness for a sixth time once the JobSeeker Coronavirus


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John Doutch isn’t too fussed by the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. “Us oldies, if I could put it that way, are


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“No one should have to be making choices between food and bills, medication and bills. But we are."


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Fear of COVID-19 has changed a lot of things in Ruth Skewes' life, but some things are too important to


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Bayu Pratama has been no stranger to racism since arriving in Australia from Jakarta eight years ago.


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Sep 10

 Victorian Voices a special Facebook Live series brought to you in partnership with ABC Melbourne. This episode was aired


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Sep 8

A monthly discussion forum to guide community organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Sep 3

Managing work, money, our health and legal rights during the pandemic.


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Aug 27

Investing in the community services industry is smart. It’s an investment in the future for the wellbeing of all Victorians.


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Aug 25

Victoria is currently experiencing disproportionately high rates of youth unemployment due to COVID-19 and this is expected to rise even


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Aug 17

VCOSS submission to Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability


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Aug 14

I could see the doctors talking but couldn’t understand what they were saying. It was very isolating.


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Aug 10

A monthly discussion forum to guide community organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Aug 5

If we're not bold enough to do what's required now, will we ever be?


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Jul 29

"If I'd been in a private high-rise block, there is no way known they could have got away with it."


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Jul 24

“We’re all in this together” goes the spin. But we’re not. Differential disadvantage means low-income people suffer more, for longer.


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Jul 16

Jinghua Qian turned freelance. A week later, COVID-19 shut down the country.


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Jul 13

If authorities are forced to impose localised 'hard lockdowns' again, how should they do it better?


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Jul 9

"Thousands of masked faces on the street in the middle of a pandemic, thousands of voices chanting, 'bla(c)k lives matter'."


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Jul 3

A monthly discussion forum to guide community organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Jun 26

It will be a long time before I, and many other disabled people, feel that we can live our lives


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Jun 17

Every day after treatment, I would drop my father off and drive to my daughter’s house for a special window-visit.


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Jun 5

A monthly discussion forum to guide community organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Jun 1

Governments can build new housing much quicker than the private sector.


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May 21

Now is the time to think big, to be bold and to take the smart steps required to deliver real


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May 6

What we’re learning in this crisis is that much of the work that keeps our society functioning is care work.


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May 5

You’d probably expect the lockdown to lead to a spike in loneliness. And you’d be right, in part.


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