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Social Welfare    PELL SAYS GIVE THE POOR A FAIR GO
Melbourne's Archbishop George Pell last night encouraged members of the community to strive for a basic decency and fairness in Australian society in order to ease the gap between rich and poor.
    Speaking at the Melbourne Town Hall to deliver the third annual Ozanam Lecture on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society, he sought to said Victorians should 'take up the torch' on behalf of those working hard to break the cycle of poverty.
    His address, which was titled 'The Struggle for Life, voiced concerns about the increasing economic divison within society, in particular the effect that economic and social reform is having on families who are struggling to survive.
    Gerard Dowling, State President of the St Vincent de Paul Society commented: "For many each day is a struggle. Our challenge is to journey compassionately with people as together we seek to create a more just Australian community."
    The St Vincent de Paul Society assists over 400,000 Victorians each year through its unique home visitation service. Mr Dowling said that volunteers visit individuals and families in need in their homes to provide friendship and material support, whilst looking at ways in which they can help people to take control of their lives.
   
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31 Aug 00



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