On the day after Newstart Allowance increased by just 50 cents, the Senate passed legislation that will make life even tougher for people living below the poverty line. The poorly named Welfare ‘Reform’ Bill went through the senate this morning with few amendments, and is anticipated to go through the House next week. Read more
With new Senators just arriving to sit on the crossbench, the Federal Government is again attempting to push through its widely rejected Welfare ‘Reform’ Bill, that will cut more people off income support and increase homelessness and destitution in our community. Read more
Labor’s policy on tax refunds for shareholders released on 13 March 2018 is a stark reminder that policies addressing the huge gaps in Australia’s revenue base are necessary.
Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS, says that governments’ continued provision of essential health, aged care, NDIS and other services is shaky as long as large gaps in Australia’s revenue base remain. Read more
As a key advocate of meeting Australia’s commitment to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia by 2030, ACOSS is co-hosting the second Australian Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) summit in Melbourne on Tuesday 13 March 2018. Read more
This government’s proposed drug testing policy represents an alarming departure from the key aim of our social security system, which is to provide a safety net for people in need. This bill targets people on unemployment payments who are looking for work. There is no evidence that drug testing works. Read our briefing note.
Reports about lower spending on the Disability Support Pension (DSP) hide the increasing number of people on unemployment payments who have a limited capacity to work. These people have little hope of finding full time work, not least because there is only one job available for every eight applicants. Read more
ACOSS has cautioned the Federal Budget must continue to strengthen public revenue to secure vital community services and supports into the future, rather than squander billions on unjustified tax cuts. CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said, “It would be a big mistake for this government to press ahead with personal and corporate tax cuts when we’re facing major funding shortfalls in vital areas such as the NDIS, health, needs-based schools funding, and action to reduce poverty.” Read more
UNSW Sydney and the Australian Council of Social Service will work to tackle poverty and equality head on through a new collaboration to be launched on Thursday 8 February 2018. The collaboration includes backing from UNSW, various ACOSS member organisations, and philanthropists to the value of $2 million dollars over 5 years. Read more
There are a number of Social Services bills currently before the Parliament,. We have produced a briefing note providing an overview of each bill, and the reasons why they should all be rejected.
Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS says “Any economic gains from cutting company taxes are decades away, while the cost of the cuts will be felt immediately, from $1.8 billion in 2019 rising to $14 billion in 2026. “Treasury projects that extra investment from the company tax cuts would increase household spending power by less than 0.7% in 20 years’ time, $150 per person according to recent estimates, and many have questioned whether that extra investment would happen at all. Right now the federal budget is in deficit, and we can’t be confident it will move back into surplus in the next few years. Those predictions have been wrong before…” Read more
An increase in homelessness in Australia is unfortunately of little surprise when so little has been done to address housing affordability and inadequate incomes. Census data released today shows an increase in homelessness in Australia. With homelessness increasing, the government must address the conditions increasing poverty and inequality in Australia. Read more
If passed, ACOSS believes this bill will have a chilling effect on the voices of charities and not-for-profits, and negatively impact the fabric of our democracy.
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ACOSS chief executive officer Cassandra Goldie has urged an end to the harsh policies that are hurting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This includes income management and the community development program. More. Read recommendations in our pre-budget submission
Contrary to extensive expert advice, the Federal Government is pushing ahead with its legislation to allow mandatory cashless debit to be extended to anywhere in Australia. ACOSS welcomes opposition from the Greens, Labor and the Nick Xenophon Team to this Bill. Read more