In our submission to the 2018/19 Victorian State Budget, Jesuit Social Services imagines all of the priority areas for this year’s budget sitting on a continuum of justice.

As we look at the continuum – ranging from education and keeping kids in school, to child protection, and our justice, housing and mental health systems – we see all the critical points of intervention as opportunities to help people reset their lives in a positive direction.

Underlying the continuum is persistent entrenched disadvantage that continues to be experienced across the state, along with the growing impact of environmental degradation and rising social inequity. It is within this context that we view these critical points of intervention on the continuum of justice – where we must focus our efforts to improve how we as a society respond to our most vulnerable.

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