|Social Justice||COUNCIL SAYS FULL EMPLOYMENT POSSIBLE GIVEN POLITICAL WILL|
The failure to reduce unemployment is above all a failure of political will, according to a joint statement released by the Australian Social Justice Council and the University of Newcastle's Centre of Full Employment and Equity (COFFEE).
Speaking on behalf of the two bodies, COFFEE's Prof. Bill Mitchell said: "Full employment can be achieved through direct government action and is the most pressing problem facing the world economy as we go into the next century."
The Social Justice Council's Sandie Cornish said: "Providing meaningful employment for all who seek it is a moral imperative and one in which we all share responsibility. Some commentators, who take a narrow view of the role of government, like to suggest that Church bodies like ours are economically na´ve in promoting such a view but there is substantial opinion within the academic community that this is not simply wishful thinking."
The Social Justice Council and COFFEE are co-sponsoring a conference on full employment at the University of Newcastle in December. Further details are on the conference website http://e1.newcastle.edu.au/coffee/.
Ms Cornish described unemployment is a serious social evil. "Our commitment to the human dignity of all people, created in the image and likeness of God urges us to take action against unemployment," she said.
- ACSJC 12:10pm 7/9/99