Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Australian not for profit sector loses a "champion"

"It's clear Australia's third sector development is being hamstrung by its poor relations with state and federal governments, and by the absence of a coherent policy framework." Mark Lyons

Very sad to hear to hear of the death of Mark Lyons who was a distinguished Australian and International scholar and practitioner in the area of civil society, social policy and the not for profit sector. Mark was on the staff of the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) for thirty years, retiring in 2004 as Professor of Social Economy. He was a former Executive Director of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).

His book Third Sector - The Contribution of Nonprofit and Cooperative Enterprise in Australia, published in 2001, was the the first comprehensive study of Australia's not for profit sector.

Mark Lyons was a tireless advocate for the significance and value of civil society and the third sector in Australia and globally. His work was instrumental in raising the profile and strategic significance of the sector. I had great respect for the breadth and integrity of his work and his contribution will be greatly missed.

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