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Vern Hughes

Vern Hughes is Secretary of the National Federation of Parents Families and Carers and Director of the Centre for Civil Society and has been Australia's leading advocate for civil society over a 20-year period. He has been a writer, practitioner and networker in social enterprise, church, community, disability and co-operative movements. He is a former Executive Officer of South Kingsville Health Services Co-operative (Australia's only community-owned primary health care centre), a former Director of Hotham Mission in the Uniting Church, the founder of the Social Entrepreneurs Network, and a former Director of the Co-operative Federation of Victoria. He is also a writer and columnist on civil society, social policy and political reform issues.

Author's website: Centre for Civil Society

NDIS: 10 years on
Health - 7/12/2020 - 14 comments
When government can't solve social and economic problems, what then?
Political Philosophy - 20/09/2017 - 17 comments
Welfare solution exists in a circle
Society - 29/09/2016 - 1 comment
NDIS as a case-study in how not to reform social policy and service delivery
Health - 4/12/2015 - 9 comments
Public governance, parliament and politics the last frontier for innovation and reform?
April 2013 Feature - 9/04/2013 - 8 comments
Reform in disability is harder than you think
Health - 22/06/2011 - 2 comments
NSW election result opens way for a radically centrist approach
March 2011 Feature - 2/05/2011 - 6 comments
Twelve reasons why Australia needs a Conservative Party
Political Philosophy - 2/03/2010 - 9 comments
Why Medicare Select is the best option for consumers
Health - 20/10/2009 - 5 comments
Salaries for politicians? Time for a radical rethink
Domestic Politics - 6/03/2009 - 9 comments
A radical political centre for whites?
Political Philosophy - 13/09/2007 - 11 comments
Mental health - its time for a new paradigm
October 2005 Feature - 10/10/2005 - 9 comments
Can governments solve community problems?
Domestic Politics - 27/09/2005 - 17 comments
Budget spending sprees are not enough
Economics - 17/05/2005 - 1 comment
Turning away from the 'Third Way' was Latham's undoing
Political Philosophy - 24/12/2004 - 2 comments
Family Carers are the sleeping giant of Australian politics
Domestic Politics - 6/07/2004
Why shouldn't communities be allowed to opt out of Medicare?
May 2004 Feature - 3/05/2004
How the Liberal Party can win state elections: be a viable alternative
Domestic Politics - 20/02/2004
A viable alternative to letting policy wonks determine health policy
Health - 19/11/2003
When will 'power to the people' be the dominant service-delivery paradigm?
Society - 8/10/2003
How to reform the health system so it makes life better for consumers
Health - 4/09/2003
Progressivism vs the new Indigenous politics being born in Cape York
Indigenous Affairs - 24/07/2003
Australia needs integrated health care
Health - 22/10/2002 - 1 comment

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