October 2, 2014 - ACOSS today welcomed the Australian Senate's rejection of radical social security budget measures that would cut the incomes of people living in poverty and its support of better targeting of payments to those who need them.
"We applaud the good sense of Senators who have listened to the many community voices raised against harsh budget cuts affecting people already living in poverty including young people, sole parents and pensioners. These measures deprive the very people that our safety net system is meant to protect," said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.Government report finds plan to deprive young people of income support breaches international human rights.
Health groups call for leadership in healthcare funding
As a new AIHW report showing declining health spending is released, a wide range of health advocacy organisations have joined together today to call on the Government and Parliament to show leadership in relation to health funding, and ensure that decisions take into account the health of everyone in the community, particularly the most vulnerable.
ACOSS today launched its Facebook social networking page, providing a platform for lively discussion about social welfare issues in Australia and the impact of government policies on the lives of people and communities.
Our Facebook page will be a hub for sharing stories about the impacts of social and economic policy reform on poverty in Australia and we welcome your support and contribution.
Find our Facebook page here. Help us Spread the Word!
Evidence based Youth Employment Strategy needed
ACOSS has today called on the Federal Government to bring together key experts to develop a comprehensive Youth Employment Strategy that will work, rather than continuing ad hoc policy announcements which lack evidence or broad support.
Read Media Release: Evidence based Youth Employment Strategy needed, not more ad hoc policy ideas.
Also read Media Release: No income means no income, whether it’s 26 or four weeks
ACOSS today led a large delegation of community sector representatives to Canberra to call on our elected representatives to reject harmful social security changes in this year's Budget.
ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie was joined by around 50 representatives from community welfare agencies as well as people directly affected by Budget changes at a press conference in Parliament House.
ACOSS also released a statement signed by more than 100 community organisations so far, expressing serious concerns about unfair budget measures, and urged parliament to reject the proposals outright.
Federal Budget 2014-15 ACOSS advocacy resources online
ACOSS has recently launched a new budget advocacy webpage. This page was developed with the assistance of VCOSS to give individuals and organisations more information on the measures included in this year's Federal Budget; and to give them some ideas on how to make their voice heard as these measures make their way through the parliamentary process.
You can find all these resources and more by visiting the webpage here.
Hundreds of delegates joined ACOSS in Brisbane in June for the 2014 National Conference and the opportunity to discuss potential local solutions to the global challenge of growing inequality.
The theme of this year's conference was Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond.
Speeches, presentations and media broadcasts are now available to view on our conference website here.