Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee at public hearings

Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee at public hearings

Tuesday, 29 April 2003

‘The Hub’ Community Centre, Aberfoyle Park, Adelaide

Liquor, Hospitality & Miscellaneous Workers Union (South Australia)

Mr Mark Butler, Secretary

Mrs Lynette Lapthorne, Union Delegate

Ms Lisa McScheffrey, Union Delegate

Mr Russell Spencer, Union Delegate

Disability Action Inc

Mr Phillip Beddall, Chairperson

Un(der) Employed People’s Movement Against Poverty Inc

Ms Monika Baker, Secretary

National Council of Single Mothers and their Children

Dr Elspeth McInnes, Convenor

Ms Yvonne Parry, Chief Executive Officer

South Australian Council of Social Service

Ms Pam Simmonds, Executive Director

Mr Ian Yates, Deputy Chair

Shelter South Australia

Ms Janet Adkins, Research and Policy Officer

Lutheran Community Care

Ms Colleen Fitzpatrick, Director


Wednesday, 30 April 2003

Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Melbourne

The following appeared as part of a roundtable discussion

Victorian Council of Social Service

Ms Cath Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Caroline Atkins, Policy Analyst

Anglicare Victoria

Dr Ray Cleary, Chief Executive Officer

Dr Margaret Kertesz, Research & Development Officer

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Dr Stephen Ziguras, A/g General Manager, Social Action and Research

Mr David Perkins, Research and Policy Project Manager

Catholic Social Services Victoria

Father Joe Caddy, Director, Policy & Research

Ms Anne Tuohey, Senior Policy Adviser

Melbourne Citymission

Dr Mary-Ann Robinson, Social Policy Officer

Ms Sally James, General Manager Community Development

Ms Michele Lewis, General Manager Aged Care

The Salvation Army – Australia Southern Territory

Major Colin Berris

Jesuit Social Services

Dr Renata Kokanovic, Senior Research Officer

Ms Jeanette Pope, Research Fellow

St Vincent de Paul

Mr Syd Tutton, Victorian President

Mr Gavin Dufty, Policy Research Officer

Australian Education Union

Mr Roy Martin

Centre for Public Policy

Professor Brian Howe, Professorial Associate

Ms Cathy Lowy, Senior Fellow

Dr Philip Mendes, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Monash University

Appearing as individual organisations

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Ms Sharan Burrow, President

Mr Andrew Watson, Legal and Research Officer

Ms Marion Gaynor, Research Officer

Shop Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association

Mr Ian Blandthorn, National Assistant Secretary

Transport Workers’ Union)

Mr Linton Duffin, Federal Legal Officer


Thursday, 1 May 2003

Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Melbourne

National Union of Students

Mr Daniel Kyriacou, President

Ms Sarah McDowell, National Welfare Officer

Melbourne University Student Union

Mr Scott Crawford, President

Mr Clive Pattison, Manager, Council secretariat

National Tertiary Education Industry Union

Dr Carolyn Allport

Darebin City Council

Mr John Smith, Policy and Research Officer

Knox City Council

Ms Maryanne Day, Coordinator Family Support and Community Education

Ms Bianca Ades, Welfare Officer

Chelsea Neighbourhood House Inc

Ms Lorna Stevenson, Manager

Mr Craig Roberts, Secretary Committee of Management

Laverton Community Centre & Neighbourhood House Inc

Mr Michael Pernar, General Manager

Blind Citizens Australia

Ms Collette O’Neill, National Policy Director

Ms Maryanne Diamond, Executive Officer

Tenants Union of Victoria

Mr Mark O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Madonna Boman, Research Officer

Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association

Mr Neos Zavrou, President

Ms Carol Bennett, Executive Officer

Energy Action Group

Ms Andrea Sharam, President

Ms Barbara Romeril

Friday, 2 May 2003

Glenorchy Civic Centre, Glenorchy, Hobart


Mr David Owen, Policy Officer

Anglicare Tasmania

Ms Jo Flanagan, Manager

Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission

Ms Maureen Holloway, Chairperson

Tasmanian Poverty Coalition

Ms Linley Grant

Salvation Army

Ms Ronda McIntyre, Director Child and Family Services

Tasmanians With Disabilities

Ms Robin Wilkinson

Ms Jan Miller

Ms Lorrine Heron, Coordinator

Student Association – University of Tasmania

Mr Wei-siong Liang, Treasurer

Catholic Women’s League

Mrs Patricia Gartlan, State President

Mrs Betty Roberts OAM, Member

Dr Janette Gartlan, Representative

Office of the Commissioner for Children

Ms Patmalar Ambikapathy, Commissioner

Mrs Karen Buczynski

Mr Kim Booth, Member, House of Assembly, Tasmanian Greens


Monday, 26 May 2003

Masonic Centre, Cnr Castlereagh and Goulburn Streets, Sydney

Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW

Mr Mario Mifsud, State President

Mr David Skidmore, Policy & Information Officer

Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association NSW Inc

Ms Jane Brock, Executive Officer

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union

Ms Sally Taylor, Co-ordinator, National Research Centre

Mr Adam Leeman, Member

Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union

Mr Jeff Lawrence, National Secretary

Mr Max Boyd, Delegate

Ms Dale Carter, Delegate

Ms Florencia Parajo, Delegate

Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

Ms Lynn Gailey, Federal Policy Officer

Mr Simon Whipp, Assistant Federal Secretary

Mission Australia

Dr Marie Leech, General Manager, Community Services

Ms Megan Fahey, Manager, Research and Social Policy

Mr Jim Williamson, Senior Policy Officer, Y-Research Team

Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia

Ms Carole Marsden

Mr Nigel Spence, Board Member

Council of Social Service of New South Wales

Mr Gary Moore, Director

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mr John Finneran, President, Sydney Archdiocesan Council

Miss Cassandra Ashton, Coordinator, Family & Welfare Centre

Mr Ian Brown, Conference President

Ms Lorna Carter, Welfare Worker

Ms Kevin Cavanagh, President, Waterloo Conference

Mr Peter Chircop, Coordinator/Manager, Rendu Youth Services

Mrs Patricia Crawford, Vice President

Ms Christine Crimmins, President, Management committee

Ms Patricia McDonald, President, North Leichhardt Conference

Ms Carolyn McMahon, Family Assistance/Liaison Officer, South Sydney Regional Council

Mr Owen Rogers, Executive Officer, NSW/ACT State Council

Mr Leon Toohey, Vice President, Riverwood Conference

Tuesday, 27 May 2003

Masonic Centre, Cnr Castlereagh and Goulburn Streets, Sydney

The Smith Family

Mr Martin Laverty, Government Relations Manager

Dr Rob Simons, National Manager, Strategic Research and Social Policy

Australian Federation of Deaf Societies

Mr Joe Sabolcec, Executive Officer

Mr Robert Adam, Coordinator, Community Relations and Development (accompanied by Mr Andy Carmichael Auslan interpreter)

Financial Counsellors’ Association of NSW

Ms Elizabeth Terry, President

Women’s Action Alliance

Mrs Jane Beard, Joint National President

Social Policy Research Centre

Professor Peter Gordon Saunders, Director

Ms Laura Adelman, Research Associate

Mr Peter Siminski, Research Officer

Centre for Independent Studies

Professor Peter Robert Saunders, Director of Social Policy Research

Dr Kayoko Tsumori, Policy Analyst

Shelter NSW

Dr M. Hazel Blunden, Policy Officer

Mrs Mary Perkins, Executive Officer

Country Women’s Association of NSW

Mrs Margaret Brown, Chairman, Study and Investigation Committee

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Mr David Edler, Policy Officer

Mr Mark Bebbington, Policy & International Manager

Mr Robert Lake, Convenor, Care and Support Portfolio, National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS


Wednesday, 28 May 2003

Conference Room, Holroyd City Council, Merrylands, Sydney

Holroyd City Council

Ms Diane Jogia, Manager, Community Services

Mr Peter Prants, Community Projects Officer

Ms Debbie Killian, Director, Library and Community Services

Fairfield City Council

Mr Nickola Lalich, Mayor

Ms Sharon Fingland, Program Manager, Accessible City

Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre

Mr Nigel Hoffmann, NESB Youth Policy Officer

Ms Ulrike Bartels, Coordinator

Mr John Owen, Community Project Officer

Canterbury/Bankstown Migrant Resource Centre

Ms Maggie Moa, Co-ordinator

Ms Natasha Bobic, Community Project Officer

Holroyd Community Aid and Information Service

Ms Janice Sharpe, Welfare coordinator

Public forum

Mr A Burji

Mr Brian Cooper

Ms Joanne Karcz

Mr Bob Laughton, Australia at Work

St Vincent de Paul

Ms Margaret Tipper, Executive officer, Parramatta diocese

Ms Jenny Craig, Macarthur Ozanam Centre

Mr Vince Dobson, President, Parramatta diocese

Mr P Harrigan, Treasurer, Parramatta diocese

Mr Paul Power, Wollongong diocese

Mr John Stone, Rutherglen area


Thursday, 29 May 2003

Newcastle City Council, King Street, Newcastle

Coalition of Aboriginal Legal Services NSW

Mr John Boersig, Coordinator

Newcastle City Council

Ms Therese Postma, Social Planner and Member, Social Planning Advisory Committee

Mr Terence Mahony, Community member, Social Planning Advisory Committee

Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle

Professor William Mitchell, Director

Ms Sally Cowling, Research Fellow

Hunter Council of Social Services

Ms Asha Ramzan, Regional Development Officer

Miss Julia Woods, Committee Member

Samaritans Foundation

Mr Cec Shevels, Chief Executive Officer

Salvation Army

Mr Howard Mole, Manager, Newcastle Community Services Centre

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mr Neil McGoldrick, President, Newcastle North Regional Council

Mr John Hakes, President, Lower Hunter Region

Mrs Pamela French, Secretary and Case Worker, East Maitland Region

Mrs Maureen Frize, President, St Johns Conference

Mr John Osborne, President, Raymond Terrace Conference

Mr Christopher Cox, Recipient

Mrs Tracey Cox, Recipient

Mrs Helen McEnerney, Budget Counsellor

Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union

Ms Carmel Cook, Regional Secretary

Ms Sandra Cant, Delegate

Ms Diane Larsen, Delegate

Mr Richard Hennelley, Research officer, The Fishing Party

Ms Heather Booker


Thursday, 19 June 2003

Parliament House, Canberra

National Council of  the St Vincent de Paul Society

Mr John Meahan, President, National Council

Mr Terry McCarthy, President, National Social Justice Committee

Mr John Wicks, Vice President, National Social Justice Committee

Dr John Falzon, National Research and Advocacy Officer

COTA National Seniors Partnership

Mr David Deans, Joint Chief Executive and Director Government Relations

Ms Patricia Reeve, Director National Policy Secretariat

Lone Fathers Association of Australia

Mr Barry Williams, President

Mr Jim Carter, Policy Adviser

ACT Government

Mr Peter Brady, Director, ACT Office for Ageing

Ms Helen Hill, Manager, Policy Group, Chief Minister’s Department

The Australia Institute

Dr Clive Hamilton, Executive Director

Mr Richard Denniss, Senior Research Fellow


Friday, 20 June 2003

Parliament House, Canberra

UnitingCare Australia

Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director, UnitingCare Australia

Reverend Elenie Poulos, National Director, UnitingJustice Australia

Ms Jane Woodruff, Chief Executive Officer, UnitingCare Burnside, NSW

Reverend Bill Crews, Ashfield Mission, NSW

Mr Pete Lyon, UnitingCare Australia

Dr Steve Hatfield Dodds, Senior Policy Economist, UnitingCare Australia

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Mr Andrew McCallum, President

Ms Megan Mitchell, Director

Mr Peter Davidson, Senior Policy Officer

Department of Family and Community Services

Mr Wayne Jackson, Deputy Secretary

Ms Kerry Flanagan, Executive Director, Strategic and Ageing Cluster

Ms Peta Winzar, Executive Director, Economic and Social Participation Cluster

Mr Jeremy Nott, Assistant Secretary, Strategic Policy and Knowledge Branch

Mr Barry Sandison, Assistant Secretary, Participation Strategies Branch

Mr Rob Bray, Director, Spatial and Distributional Analysis Section, Strategic Policy and Knowledge Branch


Mr Andrew Whitecross, Director, Incentives Policy Section, Working Age Taskforce

Mr Graham Bashford, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Business

Ms Marcia Williams, National Manager, Community Sector Relationships

Catholic Welfare Australia

Father Joe Caddy, Acting Chair, Catholic Welfare Australia Board

Mr Brendan Long, Team Leader, Social Policy Research Unit

Ms Margaret Deerain, Senior Policy Officer

Carers Australia

Mrs Louise Gilmore, President

Ms Julie Austin, Policy Adviser

Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations

Ms Ara Creswell, Executive Officer

Mr Thomas Muller, Policy and Networking Officer

Consumers Federation of Australia and Care Financial Counselling Service

Australian Consumers’ Association

Mr David Tennant, Chair, CFA, and Director, CFCS and Consumer Law Centre of the ACT

Ms Katherine Wolthuizen, Financial Policy Officer, Australian Consumers Association

Australian Association of Social Workers

Mr Ian Rentsch, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Denise Scott, National Social Policy Officer


Monday, 30 June 2003

Ballarat Town Hall, Ballarat

The Salvation Army, Western Victoria Division

Major Brad Jenkins, Divisional Social Program Secretary

Major Heather Jenkins, Manager, Family Support Service

Major Rhonda Elkington, Manager, Macarthur Street Centre

PINARC Support Services

Ms Jenni Sewell, CEO

McCallum Disability Services

Mrs Erma Fidler, Member, Board of Governors

Mr Geoffrey Russell, Manager, Accommodation Services and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr Peter Brohier

Ballarat Child and Family Services

Ms Fiona White, Manager (BCFS) and representative Grampians Housing Network

Ms Lorraine Clarke, Financial Counsellor

Public Forum:

Ms Karen Henderson

Ms Kerryn Whiting, Chief Executive Officer, United Way Ballarat Community Fund

Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat

Mr Peter Clout, Family Services Manager

Ms Trish Nolan, Acting Director

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mr Brian Lenton, President, Bendigo Regional Council

Mr Doug Knez, President, Ballarat East Conference

Mr Ken Warren


Tuesday, 1 July 2003

Lismore and District Workers Club, Lismore

Lismore and District Financial Counselling Service

Mr Steve Snellgrove, Senior Financial Counsellor

Lifeline Northern Rivers

Mr Terry Harvey, Business Manager

Mrs Janet Gates, Director, Counselling

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mr John Denehy, President, Lismore Diocese

Ms June Crawford, Adviser for homeless issues, family support

Mrs Gwen King, Diocesan Centres Advisor

Mr John Kelly, Diocesan Vice-President

Mr Len Moore, President, Ballina Conference

Mr Norm Moore, President, Tweed Byron Regional Council

Mrs Shirley McMullen, Orara Regional President

Mr Mike Sutton, Diocesan Advisor, Budget Counsellor

Lismore Women’s & Children’s Refuge

Ms Sharyn Roche, General Support Worker

Ms Margaret Clarke

Australian Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union

Mr Brad O’Reilley, Delegate

Mr Steve Klaassen, Organiser

Southern Cross University Student Representative Council

Mr Nicholas Fredman, Student Rights Advocate

Wednesday, 2 July 2003

Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong

Warrawong Community Development Project

Ms Maxyne Graham, Coordinator/Community Worker

Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association NSW

Mr Bill Whiley, Secretary

Barnardos South Coast

Ms Vivienne Cunningham-Smith, Senior Manager

Illawarra Dental Health Action Group

Mr Stephan Taylor, Publicity Officer

Anglicare Illawarra

Mr Michael Mittwolen, Regional Manager

Greenacres Association

Mr Neil Preston, Chief Executive Officer

Illawarra Legal Centre

Ms Julia Priest, Welfare Rights Advocate

Ms Patricia Gaggin

Liquor Hospitality  & Miscellaneous Workers Union

Mr Christopher Goodman, Delegate

Mr Paul Travers, Regional Secretary

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mr Brian Brennan, Regional President, Central Illawarra

Mr Brian Murnane, President, Wollongong Diocesan Council

Mr Paul Power, Manager, Vincentian Social Action Group

Mr Scott Bismire, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Illawarra Area Health Service

Ms Lesley Robson, Special Works Coordinator, Homeless Persons Services, Wollongong Diocese

Mr Stephen Sweeney, Manager, John Purcell House & Manager,

Jim Da Silva Farm, Nowra

Mr Michael Organ, MHR, Federal Member for Cunningham

Monday, 28 July 2003

Grand Chancellor Hotel, Wellington Street, Perth

Ms Helen Johnston

Director, Combat Poverty Agency, Ireland

St Vincent de Paul, WA

Mr Brian Bull, State President

Mrs Merle Miller, State Vice-President

Ms Louise Durack, volunteer

Mr Baden Pratt

Dr Robert Serich, Chairman, Mental Health Advisory Committee, Vincentcare and Co-director Clinical Services, Graylands Hospital

Ms Natalie Read, Welfare Officer, Vincentcare

Mr Rod Mapstone, Manager, Passages Resource Centre

Ms Cheryl Vernon, Manager, Youth Legal Services of Western Australia

Underemployed People’s Union WA Inc

Ms Mary Jenkins, Secretary

Dr Geoff Pain, Committee Member

People with Disabilities

Ms Kaye Regan, Executive Officer

Ms Kerry Allan

Ms Jane Broun, Carer

Mr Ian Miller

Ms Kimberly Parker

Mr Dennis Sheedy, Consumer


Ms Lisa Baker, Executive Director, WACOSS

Ms Lanie Chopping, Manager, Social Policy Unit, WACOSS

Mr Karel Eringa, Development Manager, Shelter WA

Mr Paul Pendergast, President, National Shelter and Policy Manager Shelter WA

Ms Kate Beaumont, Executive Officer, Welfare Rights and Advocacy Service

Unions WA

Ms Clare Ozich, Award Updating Officer

Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (WA Branch)

Ms Helen Creed, National President

Ms Norah Brown, Member

Mr Yunus Kahn, Member

Ms Wanda Mazurkiewicz, Member

Ms Angela Miller

Reliable Parents Inc

Mr Anthony Borger, Chairman

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre

Mr Tony Grealy

The Hon Jonathan Ford, MLC

WEL Perth

Miss Hope Alexander

Ms Janet Lake, Secretary

Ms Jacqui Carter


Tuesday, 29 July 2003

Litchfield Room, Parliament House, Darwin

Northern Territory Council of Social Service

Ms Jane Alley, Executive Officer

Mr Graham Opie, Director

Anglicare NT

Ms Liz Forsyth, Chief Executive Officer

Salvation Army NT

Major Kelvin Merrett, Regional Officer

Catholic Welfare Australia – Centacare NT

Ms Jayne Lloyd, Executive Director

Ms Angela Rondo, Programs Manager

St Vincent de Paul

Mr Mick Fox, General Secretary

Mrs Elizabeth Madden, Manager, Darwin Centre of Charity

Mr Bill McMahon, former NT President and Chairperson Ozanam House

Northern Territory Shelter

Ms Alison Edwards, Executive Officer

Aboriginal Development Foundation

Mr Bernard Valadian, Executive Director

Coalition of Low Income Earners

Ms Anne Wolfe, Coordinator

YMCA Darwin

Mr Bob Ingram, Executive Officer

Mr Duncan Beggs, Board Director

YWCA Darwin

Ms Barbara Henry, Executive Director


Monday, 4 August 2003

St Mary’s Church, Merivale Street, South Brisbane

Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union, Qld Branch

Mr Ron Monaghan, State Secretary

Mr Dion Conlon, Member

Mrs Jennifer Dewar, Member

Mrs Vivian Saunders, Member

Physical Disability Council of Australia

Ms Sue Egan, Chief Executive Officer

Australian National Organisation of the Unemployed

Mr Kevin Brennan, Director

Unemployed Persons Advocacy

Mr Ron Baker, President

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mr Tom Kelly, President, Social Justice Committee Qld

Mrs Robyn Hoare, Volunteer Fundraiser, Life Education Australia

Beverley (Private capacity)

Julie (Private capacity)

UnitingCare Centre for Social Justice

Dr Noel Preston, Director

Mr Derek Tuffield, General Manager, Lifeline Community Care, Darling Downs

Ms Mary McLean, Financial Counsellor, Lifeline Community Care, Darling Downs

Ms Julie Aganoff, Manager, Northern Counselling Services, Lifeline Community Care

Queensland Council of Social Services

Ms Shirley Watters, Executive Director

Mr Adrian Pisarski, Queensland Shelter

Miss Katherine Bennett, Constituent

Mr Matthew Brennan, Constituent

Miss Catherine Gammage, Constituent

Ms Susan Timbs, Constituent

Ms Beth Wilson-Szoredi, Constituent

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane

Mr Peter Arndt, Executive Officer

Mission Australia

Mr Lincoln Hopper, Operations Manager, Community Initiatives

Ms Cherie Lamb, Project Manager, Pathways to Prevention Project

Dr Kate Freiberg, Research Fellow

Ms Angela Carr, Research Assistant

Doctors Reform Society

Dr Peter Davoren, President, Qld Branch

Dr Theo van Lieshout, National Committee Member

Dr Tracy Schrader, National Committee Member


Wednesday, 6 August 2003

Townsville City Council, Townsville

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Mr Geoff Clark, Chairman

Lifeline North Queensland

Ms Kay Dodd, Manager, Community Services

Ms Brenda-Anne Parfitt, General Manager

North Queensland Branch of Queensland Shelter

Mr Kenneth Graham

Unemployed Workers Group (Townsville/Thuringowa)

Mr Frank Costanzo, Convenor

Ms Margaret Crowther, Member

Ms Mary Olsen, Member

St Vincent de Paul

Mr Warren Northey, Townsville Regional Council President

Mr Mike Johnson, Townsville Regional Council Vice President

Mr Jack Gleeson, Conference Member


Wednesday, 28 May 2003

Merrylands, Sydney

The Committee inspected the following community centres accompanied by Mr Peter Prants, Holroyd City Council

Barnardos Childrens/FamilyCentre, Kerr Parade, Auburn

Fairfield Community Aid, Barbara Street, Fairfield

Thursday, 29 May 2003

Newcastle, NSW

The Committee inspected the following community centres accompanied by Ms Therese Postma, Newcastle City Council

Newcastle City Mission and McKenzie Centre

Newcastle Family Support Services

Ark Youth Crisis and Training Centre, The Salvation Army

Tuesday, 5 August 2003

Palm Island, North Queensland

The Committee travelled to and undertook informal discussions and inspections on Palm Island with the following:

Community Council members and members of the business community

St Michaels School

Bwgcolmar Community School

Kootana Women’s Centre

Ferdie’s Haven Rehabilitation Centre

Palm Island Community Justice Group

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