Restore the public revenue piggy bank to fund NDIS & other essential services, don’t break it now to cut taxes

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie has warned that essential services like the NDIS and health care are under-funded and that public revenues must be strengthened, not raided for unfunded tax cuts.

“Now is not the time to raid the public revenue piggy bank for another round of un-funded tax cuts,” ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie warned. “It’s the wrong time for unfunded tax cuts, when future funding for the NDIS isn’t secured, health and hospitals are under-funded with big cuts in federal funding looming in three years’ time, and harsh social security cuts are still before the Senate.

“As surely as night follows day, an unfunded tax cut now will be followed by cuts to spending on health, education and social security,” Dr Goldie said.

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COAG must deliver on all elements of energy trilemma without delay

To reduce shocking energy prices and confidently deliver on our international obligation to reduce carbon pollution and transition to clean energy, ACOSS urges members of the COAG Energy Ministers meeting being held in Hobart on 24 November 2017 to come to an agreement.

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Marriage equality finally recognised

ACOSS is very pleased that marriage equality has been recognised by the Australian people as a right following the release of the postal survey results today. People across Australia have voted a resounding yes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people having the same rights as everyone else to marry the person they love.

ACOSS applauds all those across Australian society who campaigned tirelessly for this outcome, and all of those Australian people who voted yes to finally removing discriminatory barriers to marriage.

ACOSS calls on the Parliament to accept this resounding vote of yes and to ensure the passage of legislation is expedited and that it retains the necessary human rights protections all Australian people currently enjoy. In now acting on this result the Parliament must not trade away existing important anti-discrimination protections for all Australians in return for the right to marry.

United call for Australian Parliament to respect and back full Uluru Statement from the Heart

A broad cross section of Australian civil society voices are calling on the Federal Coalition Government to respect the wishes of Australia’s First Nations peoples in the Uluru Statement and make constitutional reforms that enable First Nations peoples to take their rightful place in Australia an immediate national priority.

READ JOINT STATEMENT: A call to the Prime Minister and Australian Parliament

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Let’s tackle child poverty in Australia

Child poverty was reduced by 30 per cent before. It can be done again.

ACOSS has marked the beginning of Anti-Poverty Week with a renewed call for government to stop attacking Australia’s social safety net, and the people who need it; and to focus instead on reducing child poverty in Australia as has been done before.

At our Press Conference on Sunday 15 October, we honoured the Hawke government’s legacy of reducing child poverty by a massive 30 per cent, while shining a light on the increasing child poverty today.

Read the ACOSS briefing on child poverty in Australia

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COSS Network urges a Yes Vote for Marriage Equality

The National COSS Network has today collectively renewed our call for the Australian community to deliver a Yes vote in support of marriage equality. We bring this joint statement at this point as a final push to encourage a yes vote and to urge people to post their votes. The COSS CEOs said: “Each day, people directly affected by the denial of the human right to marry the person you love, are forced to keep sharing their intimate stories of pain, distress, love and hope. We will continue to do so as we build the unstoppable force for change.”

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New figures are a wake-up call to government

Almost two-thirds of low-income households in Australia experienced financial stress in 2015/16, with half of households reliant on income support payments reporting four or more financial stress indicators. Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS said the latest Household Expenditure Survey figures released yesterday by the ABS are a wake-up call to government to increase inadequate income support payments.

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Strengthen the social safety net and stop tearing it apart 

Stop the cuts to income support, and stop demonising the very people our social safety net is designed to support.

We are calling on Federal Government to strengthen the social safety net for people who have the least in Australia. Stop tearing it apart. Join us and sign the petition. 

Federal government wants to make nine more cuts to the incomes of people living with severe hardship. There are already 3 million people living in poverty in Australia. Horrifically, 731,000 are children. We don’t want more people falling into poverty.

Sign the petition today

Read the statement that has been signed by over 40 community organisations

Strengthening the Medicare Levy to secure the future of the NDIS

Health is an essential service. This paper argues that the NDIS and health care services need a dependable revenue source sot hat they are there when needed. Four tests are proposed to assess the various revenue proposals; and these tests are applied to six options, including those from the Government, Labor and Greens.

Read the full paper

The cost of living a decent life: new report highlights the inadequacies of income support for low-paid and unemployed Australians

The Newstart Allowance received by people looking for work falls well below the minimum income required to achieve a basic standard of living – defined as a budget standard – according to a new report by researchers from UNSW Sydney.

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Drug testing of income support recipients

Put people first to deliver affordable, reliable and clean energy

A new report calls on the Australian Government to put people first and end the deadlock on energy transition to ensure people on low-income and experiencing disadvantage have access to affordable, reliable and clean energy into the future. The report Empowering disadvantaged households to access affordable, clean energy was produced by the Australian Council of Social Service, Brotherhood of St Laurence and The Climate Institute after consulting with over 120 community, environment and energy experts across Australia from March – June 2017.

Read media release  |  Read report

Budget analysis 2017


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Read our analysis of the 2017 Federal Budget.

Inequality in Australia: watch and share the video!