Professor of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne and from 2004-2013 was also General Manager of the Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL), Fitzroy, Australia. Paul’s diverse career combines academic and social action experience. He was previously the Director of Social Policy in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Queensland. Prior to this he was senior researcher at Uniya, the Jesuit social research and action centre at Kings Cross, Sydney. A former Catholic priest, he also worked for 20 years in youth and family care.
Paul’s research areas include contemporary Australian social policy, local governance and social inclusion, and international perspectives on social and economic inclusion. He is currently on the councils of the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Catholic Social Justice Commission. He is an External Thought Leader for The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Inc.
Social Service Futures: towards an inclusive governance reform agenda (part two)
Social Service Futures: towards an inclusive governance reform agenda (part one)
The marketisation of social and community services: finest hour or poisoned chalice for the productivity commission?
Taking Harper out of social services and community sector
If merging 'charities' is the answer, what is the problem?'
Throwing the spotlight of academic inquiry on murky and ambitious work
The vexed issue of the voluntary sector
Hats off to reigniting participatory policy
Renewing the voluntary sector in Australia: part one
Are health funding cuts a second front in the war on the voluntary sector?
'Having a go' in the 21st century
'Whitlam, Fraser and Ian 'Competition' Harper: from the grand to the grotesque
After McClure - 'upgrading' the public debate on welfare
A Scott Morrison fantasy
Harnessing the economy to good society - a policy strategy for the church and community activists 2015
From choice to voice in social service reform
"We are only economists": the draft report of the competition policy review
A slap across the face for the voluntary sector
Which way out? The Abbott Government's social policy alternatives
Andrew Forrest and the Government's welfare nightmare
Did you know about the 'competition policy review'?
The war over (social) services and the voluntary sector
Criticism isn't enough, where do we go from here? Reactions to the response to the budget