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Social Cohesion: A tear in the fabric?
Lunch with Anthea Hancocks
John Ridley AM
February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm$80.00 – $95
Social cohesion in Australia has been remarkably resilient through the challenges of recent years. However, we continue to face difficult national and global circumstances, global conflict, economic pressures and uncertainty and division over issues such as the Voice referendum.
As a result – and while we remain connected – our social cohesion is under pressure and declining on some fronts. Our sense of national pride and belonging has been declining for some years, discrimination and prejudice remain stubbornly common, while in more recent years, we are reporting greater financial stress, increased concern for economic inequality and growing pessimism for the future.
However, in the strong connections we have in our neighbourhoods and communities and the way we increasingly embrace our differences and diversity, there is reason for optimism that we can respond collectively to the challenges we face and restore and strengthen our social cohesion.
Anthea Hancocks, CEO of the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute will take us through the trends, issues, challenges and opportunities for a more cohesive society. The Scanlon Foundation Research Institute exists as a bridge between academic insight and public thought on matters relating to Australia’s social cohesion.
The latest Mapping Social Cohesion report by the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute comes at a crucial time – a time to take stock and consider the challenges ahead.
This is an important conversation not to be missed.
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