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Low income and vulnerable to bear brunt of Budget repair

Thursday April 24, 2014 - ACOSS today said that those living on low incomes and vulnerable appear likely to bear the brunt of the Federal Government's effort to steer the Budget back on a sustainable footing, following the Treasurer's speech in Sydney last night.

"ACOSS agrees we face a significant fiscal challenge but all the signs are that people at the very bottom of the income and wealth scale are to be asked to carry the overwhelming burden of the Budget repair job," said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie. Read Media Release.

Avoid DSP changes likely to exacerbate mental illness

ACOSS and disability advocacy members today urged the Federal Government to ensure that changes being considered to the Disability Support Pension do not further exacerbate the health conditions, poverty and disadvantage experienced by people who rely on the important payment.

"ACOSS supports a review of income support payments, but we won't support any changes that simply take money away from people in desperate situations and which will risk making them sicker and more disadvantaged," said ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie. Read full statement.

Budget deficit can be fixed without cruel cuts that hit the most vulnerable

Published in The Age Online, Monday April 21, 2014

Much of the focus in the current discussion about Australia's budget deficit is centred around spending cuts. Yet the real problem, as Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson made clear recently, lies on the revenue side. Read Opinion Article.

Pensions: what we must consider before raising the eligibility age

Published in the Sun Herald newspaper, Sunday April 20, 2014

In the discussion about costs of an ageing population and intergenerational inequality an important point has been lost. People need to secure an adequate retirement income, for a very long time. Read more here.

Community services face funding uncertainty crisis

The Australian Council of Social Service today urged the Federal Government to make funding certain for vital community organisations, in the wake of an alarming survey revealing almost nine in ten organisations (87%) have no guarantee of key funding for services beyond June 2014.

Click here to read the full media release. Click here to read the report.

Spending cuts won’t fix Budget revenue challenge: ACOSS

ACOSS has called for action to close tax avoidance arrangements to ensure higher income and wealthy individuals pay their fair share, rather than looking to GST reform as the 'simple' solution to our revenue challenge. Read Full Statement.

Opinon Piece: 'Are we committed to an inclusive growth agenda…or not? by Cassandra Goldie.

Budget should be based on needs, not wants: ACOSS

ACOSS today urged the Federal Government to deliver on its promise to put the nation's Budget on a sustainability long-term footing in a fair way that doesn't leave anyone behind, adding that future government entitlements and subsides should be based on needs, not wants.

Read Full Statement here and Download Report here.

Also read Opinion Article: 'Poverty is real, and here' published in The Australian, January 24, 2014.

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