Vinnies SVDP National Council Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon. writes in Eureka Street (Australia) that preventing homelessness is a justice issue that requires political will.

“The founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society, 19th century French activist academic, Frederic Ozanam, wrote: ‘Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveller who has been attacked. It is the role of justice to prevent the attack.’

“We would be poorer as a nation without the outpouring of human kindness through charities. But the prevention of homelessness should be seen as a matter of justice, and for that charity is no substitute.”

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