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Media Releases

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 ]

AMA co-payment plan knifes Medicare principle of access for all

21 August 2014

AMA co-payment plan knifes Medicare principle of access for all

Australia's leading community and health consumer groups have rejected the Australian Medical Association's proposal for mandatory medical co-payments as representing a first step towards the... [ Read more ]

Big power company profits: the real outcome of any changes to the Renewable Energy Target

18 August 2014

Weakening or abolishing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) would benefit owners of polluting coal plants at the expense of households and small business, finds independent analysis released today.

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ACOSS proposes ‘common income support payment’ in overhaul of social security system

12 August 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service is calling for a major overhaul of the social security system for people of working age, proposing a single or ‘common' income support payment with added... [ Read more ]

Unemployment is rising and Budget policies cast young people adrift

8 August 2014

The Australian Council of Social Service today said the sharp rise in unemployment is disturbing and highlights the risks posed by current Federal Government proposals that strip away supports and... [ Read more ]