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Opinion Pieces

G20 still a meeting of men: Cassandra Goldie

15 November 2014

Statement by ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie delivered as part of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane

Published in the November 14, 2014

As you watch all the leaders arrive, you may be struck by the... [ Read more ]

System stymies jobless youth

10 September 2014

Published in The Australian, Wednesday September 10, 2014

ON this page yesterday, Alan Tudge accused the Australian Council of Social Service of being "blind to welfare dependency" and resistant to... [ Read more ]

Needs a better basis of help

19 August 2014

By Cassandra Goldie published in The Australian, August 19, 2014

When every government decision is marketed as "reform", it's hard to distinguish real reform from short-term budget fixes such as... [ Read more ]

Why kill a working carbon price?

10 July 2014

By Kelly O’Shanassy and Cassandra Goldie, published in The Age on Wednesday July 9, 2014

Since its inception, our price on pollution has seen electricity generators cut their pollution by 10  per... [ Read more ]

Payment gap is at heart of the problem with our welfare system

8 July 2014

By Cassandra Goldie, published in the Australian Financial Review on Tuesday July 8, 2014

It’s a relief to respond to a government-commissioned report on social security that starts with facts and... [ Read more ]

Unemployment plan as unworkable as it is unfair

26 June 2014

By Cassandra Goldie, published in The Australian, Thursday June 26, 2014

The federal budget proposal to remove income support from young people for six months of every year of unemployment is such a... [ Read more ]

Removal of income support for young people risks creating a lost generation

21 May 2014

By Cassandra Goldie published in the Australian Financial Review, May 21, 2014

In delivering his first budget, federal Treasurer Joe Hockey said:"The age of entitlement is over. It has to be... [ Read more ]

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

23 April 2014

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... [ Read more ]