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Reducing Poverty and Homelessness in the ACT

October 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


This Anti-Poverty Week, join some of Canberra’s leading voices as they discuss achievable measures to reducing poverty and homelessness.
Watch the live panel at on Wednesday 14th October.

Please submit questions in advance to

About the panel
Dr John Falzon is Senior Fellow, Inequality and Social Justice at Per Capita. He is a sociologist, poet and social justice advocate and was national CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society from 2006 to 2018. He has written and spoken widely on neoliberalism and the structural causes of inequality. He is the author of The language of the unheard (2012), a collection of poems, Communists like us (2017) and several book chapters as well as regularly contributing to Arena, The Canberra Times, Eureka Street, The Guardian, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Australian Services Union.

Felicity Reynolds was CEO of the Mercy Foundation from 2008 until 2019, when she moved to Canberra. She re-focussed the Foundation on the issue of ending homelessness, through supporting structural change and encouraging the use of evidence based approaches to link people experiencing homelessness with housing and housing support. Felicity has Social Work qualifications from the University of New South Wales and is a former Churchill Fellow who used her fellowship to investigate effective responses to people who experience chronic homelessness. She is currently a Director on the board of the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness and continues to be a part-time member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal. Felicity co-authored the chapter on homelessness services reform in the book ‘Homelessness in Australia” published by UNSW Press.

Katrina Fanning is a Wiradjuri woman from NSW who has had a long career in the government, community and sport sectors. She held Senior Executive positions in Centrelink, Aboriginal Hostels and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and completed a secondment to the Ministry of Social Development based in Auckland in 2008. Katrina is currently a Board member for the Fred Hollows Foundation, Canberra Raiders, ACT Women’s Legal Centre and Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Service. She is the Chairperson of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council. In addition she is part of Advisory Bodies for the ANZ Business Leadership Forums, Athlete Advisory Group for Sport Integrity Australia and is a small business owner in Canberra. Katrina was named the ACT Australian of the Year in 2020, ACT Woman of the Year in 2014 and awarded a Public Service medal in 2015 for her work in Indigenous Affairs, women’s rights, homelessness and family violence.

About the facilitator
Genevieve Jacobs is the Group Editor for Region Media, Australia’s fastest growing digital news platform. Genevieve chairs the ACT arts minister’s Creative Advisory Council and co-chairs the ACT Reconciliation Council. She sits on the boards of the Cultural Facilities Corporation, the National Folk Festival and Canberra International Music Festival, and is a director of the Conflict Resolution Service and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. She is also a champion for a number of including the Capital Region Landkeeper’s Trust and ACT Wildlife Rescue. Genevieve has an enduring interest in building and strengthening community engagement, and is a partner in the family farming enterprise.


October 14
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Anti-Poverty Week ACT