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ACOSS welcomes Ministerial announcement of longer funding contracts trial and recommitment to proper indexation

ACOSS has today welcomed the announcement by Minister Rishworth of a trial of longer-term funding contracts for contracts expiring in 2022-23. This is an important step towards the implementation of the ALP’s Election commitment to longer-term, stable funding for ongoing community services more broadly.

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Over 100 organisations join forces in push for improved energy efficiency in Australian homes

An alliance of more than 100 property, community, health and environmental organisations has today issued a forceful call to the country’s Building Ministers to lift the energy efficiency of new homes built in Australia.

The powerful joint statement, released two weeks ahead of a National Building Ministers meeting, urges the Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers to use the meeting to confirm amendments to the National Construction Code.

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ACOSS commends the parliament for working together to act on climate change Act

ACOSS commends the Labor Government, the Greens and Independents for working together in the House of Representatives on a strong start to take action on climate change. We urge the Senate to make further improvements to ensure the emission reduction targets are achieved in a fair and inclusive way.

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ACOSS welcomes news of a Select Committee to review Workforce Australia

ACOSS welcomes Employment Minister Tony Burke’s commitment to ensuring that Workforce Australia is fit for purpose by establishing the Select Committee process announced today.

The Minister is right to establish a process to ensure the model remains fit for purpose over the duration of the contracts.

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The Wealth Paradox – wealth inequality and the housing crisis

A new report being launched today by the ACOSS/UNSW Sydney Poverty and Inequality Partnership, The wealth inequality pandemic: COVID and wealth inequality, confirms that even though Australians are now, on average, the fourth richest people in the world, the distribution of our wealth remains hugely unequal.

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ACOSS Statement: Review of the RBA comes at the right time

Together with the Employment and Skills Summit and White Paper, the review of the RBA should put in place a new framework for managing the economy to achieve and then sustain full employment while containing inflation. 

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