Dunlea Centre
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  General, Research

Discussion Paper to Stir Debate on Defining Citizenship


Thursday, 20th August 2015 at 10:36 am
Lina Caneva, Editor
The Scanlon Foundation has released a discussion paper exploring the changing concept of citizenship and its role in maintaining and fostering social cohesion in Australia.

Thursday, 20th August 2015
at 10:36 am
Lina Caneva, Editor


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Discussion Paper to Stir Debate on Defining Citizenship
Thursday, 20th August 2015 at 10:36 am

The Scanlon Foundation has released a discussion paper exploring the changing concept of citizenship and its role in maintaining and fostering social cohesion in Australia.

As part of its annual national Mapping Social Cohesion research, the Scanlon Foundation said its new Citizenship Discussion Paper explores how Australia’s economic, political and personal relationships are rapidly shifting.

It said the key issues impacting these changes include globalisation and the evolving understanding of what it means to be a “good citizen”.

CEO of the Scanlon Foundation, Anthea Hancocks, said she hoped the paper would be a catalyst for public discussion about the importance of citizenship, and its link to factors affecting social cohesion, including belonging, worth, social justice, participation, and acceptance and rejection.

“Research suggests that being a formal citizen has a positive effect on an individual’s sense of identity in Australia,” Hancocks said.

“But citizenship is more than a formal legal status, and this discussion paper reflects on the notion of citizenship in the genuine, rather than the technical sense – including one’s duties, obligations and functions as a member of society.

“We hope that this discussion paper provides a basis for further thought and debate that may help to shape productive initiatives that contribute to maintaining and protecting social cohesion in Australia.”

The paper also explores how relationships – economic, social, political and personal – are being transformed through the ubiquitous nature of social media and online connectivity, and questions the influence of multiple citizenships on the rise of the global citizen.

“Citizenship, as practised in all its forms within Australia, should be about inclusion. But as our society evolves along with geopolitical and economic changes, technological advances and the human responses to those developments, the ways in which Australia and Australians promote, perceive and exercise citizenship will demand, and deserve, constant, candid re-evaluation,” Hancocks said.

Executive Director of The Australian Multicultural Foundation, Dr Hass Dellal AO, said understanding the factors that underpin social cohesion – including the important role of citizenship – is crucial to maintaining a functional society and positive future outlook.

“Being a loyal Australian and a global citizen are not mutually exclusive concepts, and in fact, developing deeper ties to the rest of the world may actually go a long way in ensuring our nation’s future security and prosperity,” Dr Dellal said.

“With a growing population, and the increased threat of those wanting to divide us, understanding the changing role of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities that come with it is more important than ever,” he said.

Download the discussion paper HERE


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Australia is a Cohesive Nation But Less Resilient Than a Decade Ago

Wendy Williams

Wednesday, 29th November 2017 at 3:38 pm

Aussies Say Yes to Multiculturalism, Marriage Equality But No To Politics

Lina Caneva

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016 at 11:05 am

Cohesion Begins At a Community Level

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 20th September 2016 at 9:49 am

Westpac Wardrobe Gets a Corporate Hijab

Wendy Williams

Monday, 5th September 2016 at 10:46 am

POPULAR

Concerns Raised Over NDIS Barriers for Homeless People With Disability

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 7th August 2018 at 8:24 am

NFPs Urged to Focus on Purpose

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 7th August 2018 at 8:27 am

Coordinated Care at Risk Under Marketisation of the NDIS

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th August 2018 at 8:20 am

New NDIS Quarterly Report Revives Call to Lift NDIA Staff Cap

Luke Michael

Thursday, 16th August 2018 at 8:44 am

Dunlea Centre
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!