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Church and the Free Market: Dilemmas in Church Welfare Agencies Accepting Contracts from Governments

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Politics and religion combine Australian governmenrs contract out welfare services to church welfare agencies. This practice, relatively new in public policy in Australia, raises questions of the autonomy of church agencies, maintenance of their distinctively Christian value base, and the extent to which the church is being coopted into government policy. Australian economists, theologians, and politicians contribute to this collection.

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Overview

Politics and religion combine Australian governmenrs contract out welfare services to church welfare agencies. This practice, relatively new in public policy in Australia, raises questions of the autonomy of church agencies, maintenance of their distinctively Christian value base, and the extent to which the church is being coopted into government policy. Australian economists, theologians, and politicians contribute to this collection.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781920691035
  • Publisher: ATF Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2002
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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Rev Alan Nichols is an Anglican priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He is a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne.

Maureen Postma is General Secretary of the Victorian Council of Churches.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Church and Markets 1
1. Economic and Theological Issues in Contracting out of Welfare and Labour Market Services 13
Questions for Group Discussion for Welfare Agency Staff 53
2. Justice at the Core of Mission 55
3. A View from the Church Agency Perspective 77
Questions for Group Discussion 87
The Authors 89
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