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Media Releases

ACOSS welcomes ‘common sense’ of the Senate to reject harsh budget measures

2 October 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service 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... [ Read more ]

Government report finds plan to deprive young people of income support breaches human rights

30 September 2014

Australia's peak community sector and youth affairs bodies have welcomed a joint bipartisan parliamentary committee finding that two of the Government's proposed changes to youth payments are... [ Read more ]

Negative gearing boosts housing costs, not the economy

24 September 2014

ACOSS Chief Executive Officer Dr Cassandra Goldie has today highlighted the risks posed by negative gearing for housing affordability and economic growth in response to a report released by the... [ Read more ]

Health groups call for leadership in healthcare funding

23 September 2014

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... [ Read more ]

Pensions up, but little cheer for many as Newstart payments fall further behind

21 September 2014

Joint media release, ACOSS and National Welfare Rights Network, 20 September 2014

A new analysis of social security payments reveals that the single Newstart Allowance paid to over half a million... [ Read more ]

Evidence based Youth Employment Strategy needed, not more ad hoc policy ideas

9 September 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service has today called on the Federal Government to bring together key experts to develop a comprehensive Youth Employment Strategy that will work, rather than... [ Read more ]

No income means no income, whether it’s 26 weeks or four weeks

2 September 2014

The Federal Government should immediately abandon plans to cut unemployment benefits for young people under 30 for any period - whether for six months or one month - according to Australian Council... [ Read more ]

ACOSS calls on Government to tackle sacred cow of super tax breaks

28 August 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service today said the Federal Government cannot afford to keep giving the top 20% of income earners half of all superannuation tax concessions if it wants the... [ Read more ]