Book Chapter

Church and state in the history of Australian welfare

J Murphy

Brill's Series in Church History | Published : 2011


There is a considerable international literature on the contemporary relations between church and state in the provision of welfare services. Often this literature focuses on the dilemmas and tensions involved, as faith-based agencies find themselves contracted to deliver services in ways that may limit their autonomy and compromise their sense of mission. But this contemporary dynamic has a long history. As Geoffrey Finlayson pointed out some years ago, the "frontier" between government and non-government agencies in the delivery of welfare services has shifted over time, and has been subject to state policy decisions as well as to the decisions, whims, and priorities of non-government orga..

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