Govt leaders urged to find long term solutions to fund vital public services

Councils of Social Service (COSS) across Australia today called on the Council of Australian Governments to work together on long term solutions to fund important universal and social services such as health, education, housing and community services into the future.

As our national leaders prepare to meet, we urge them to put aside political differences and forge a way forward which guarantees access to services for all Australians into the future, regardless of location or income, through secure long-term revenue streams.

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ACOSS and BCA joint statement on tax reform

Groups representing business and the community sectors have called on Australia’s leaders to approach the task of tax reform in an open, inclusive and transparent way that does not rule out options because it is politically expedient to do so.

Ahead of this week’s Leaders’ Retreat involving Australia’s First Ministers, the groups are releasing a set of agreed messages on tax reform.

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Inequality in Australia: watch and share the video!

ACOSS today urged Australian governments to make addressing growing inequality a top policy priority following its new report revealing that income and wealth has become more concentrated in the hands of fewer people over the past two decades across the country.

Releasing its analysis, Inequality in Australia: A nation divided, ACOSS says that while inequality is not extreme in Australia by international comparison, we are trending in the wrong direction.

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A new report released today by ACOSS shows that, by keeping most of the 2014 savings measures and delivering new cuts, the 2015 Budget would strip an estimated $15 billion over four years from basic services and supports, with total projected cuts of $80 billion from health and schools funding to the States over the next decade.

“Last year’s devastating Federal Budget casts a long shadow that undermines some advances made in this year’s Budget,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

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ACOSS on Budget 2015: Better direction but lower income earners still doing the heavy lifting

Speaking at the release of the Federal Budget, ACOSS said it shows some improvements in strategy, with a fairer approach to pension reform and increased investment in child care. But the overall package retains many harsh cuts from last year’s Budget and will leave many people on the lowest incomes worse off. The Budget also fails to stimulate investment in jobs growth.

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New childcare investment welcome, but overall package unfair

Responding to the announcement of the Federal Government’s ‘Jobs for Families’ package, ACOSS has welcomed the effort to simplify and strengthen the early childhood and education system but challenged the overall fairness of the package. “These changes to child care announced yesterday will deliver a simpler system and increased investment in early years education and care. This is welcome. However, the benefits of the package will not be fairly shared,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

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