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Increase to minimum wage welcome recognition of those who have carried us through our toughest times

ACOSS welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s $40 (5.2%) increase to national minimum wage and 4.6% increase to modern award minimum wages. This approach recognises the particular challenges that workers on low incomes are facing with high inflation, with the lowest paid workers receiving an increase on par with the 5.1% increase in the cost of living over the past year.

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ENERGY CRISIS: Support the vulnerable, boost energy efficiency and speed transition to clean energy

A broad coalition of peak bodies today called on the Wednesday crisis meeting of Australia’s energy ministers to work together both on immediate responses to calm chaos and on longer term measures to moderate energy prices and cut emissions by improving supply and lifting demand-side efficiency, energy management and fuel switching.

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ACOSS welcomes new Government Ministry

ACOSS welcomes the Albanese Government’s new Ministry and looks forward to working with the government to secure positive change for the community.

Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “We stand ready to work with the new government on achieving equality, lifting the incomes of people doing it the toughest and taking fair, fast and inclusive action on climate change. We very much look forward to working with the Prime Minister, Treasurer and whole of government, alongside the ACTU and business groups, on the forthcoming Jobs Summit and full employment, which is a high priority for us all.”

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Electorate stands up for equality, climate and a brighter future

Australia has handed the incoming Labor Government a golden opportunity to work in collaboration to address the significant challenges of inequality and climate change we face, as we continue to emerge from this pandemic, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) said today.

ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie said, “ACOSS congratulates Mr Albanese as Australia’s new Prime Minister and welcomes his strong commitment on behalf of the incoming Labor Federal Government to work in partnership with the community sector. By working together, a brighter, more resilient Australia is within grasp,” Dr Goldie said.

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ACOSS welcomes Greens’ commitment to include lifting income support in any parliamentary negotiations

ACOSS welcomes the Greens’ commitment to include increasing income support payments like JobSeeker in their shortlist of policy asks should they be involved in negotiations over forming government arising from the forthcoming election. 

We welcome the Greens’ policy of increasing income support to above the poverty line. This is the best thing the next government can do to alleviate cost of living pressures for people on the lowest incomes, struggling to get by on $46 a day, or even less. 

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