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New data shows wealth gap widening

New research by ACOSS and UNSW Sydney reveals the widening wealth gap between people with the most and least, even as income inequality slows.

The latest report from the Poverty and Inequality Partnership, Inequality in Australia 2024: Who is affected and how? shows the average household wealth of Australia’s highest 10% growing much faster than the lowest 60%.

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Statement from the Australian Council of Social Service following the Bondi Junction attacks

The Australian Council of Social Service is profoundly saddened by the shocking attacks at Bondi Junction over the weekend.

Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, loved ones and communities. 

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Social security boost and tax reform needed in federal budget

ACOSS acknowledges National Close the Gap Day and urges governments to respond to the calls from First Nations peoples for action to Close the Gap in outcomes for communities and to deliver on Voice, Treaty and Truth.

The federal budget must raise social security payments to provide immediate cost-of-living relief for people who need it most and targeted investment to grow jobs and incomes during a period of rising unemployment, said ACOSS.

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A 96 cents a day increase leaves people in poverty

ACOSS is calling on the Federal Government to commit to substantially boosting income support payments as JobSeeker increases by 96 cents a day following routine indexation.

ACOSS applauds decision to pay super on paid parental leave

ACOSS has today welcomed the Albanese government’s decision to pay superannuation on government-funded paid parental leave as an important step towards a fairer superannuation system for women.