ACOSS welcomes ACCC’s recognition that sky rocketing power prices and a dysfunctional energy market has left millions of low income households in energy poverty and contributed to an increase in inequality. Read more
ACOSS would like to acknowledge retiring Labor MP Jenny Macklin for her long service to the Federal Parliament and the Social Services portfolio. Read more
Australian government admits lack of gender analysis on impact of policy measures including tax and social security cuts
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has questioned recent government attempts which threaten free speech in Australia and its poor track record on women’s rights. Read more
ACOSS warns, if tax cuts are passed for short term gain, people will lose access to essential services in the long term
ACOSS has warned Australian Senators that if they pass the government’s proposed six year $140 billion dollar income tax package while the Budget remains weak, the Senators will be sacrificing funding for essential universal services every person in Australia relies upon, including health, education and social security. Read more
On the day the senate committee holds its only hearing to discuss the governments personal income tax legislation, ACOSS is raising serious concerns about both the tax cuts themselves and the way the parliament is dealing with them. Read more
It’s a good news story! The Local Government National Assembly votes in support of an increase to Newstart
Delegates from local councils across Australia supported a motion at their national conference yesterday (19 June) for the federal government to increase the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments as a matter of urgency. Read more
Leaders from ten national NGOs, along with a delegation of people seeking asylum and community members, gathered at Parliament House 18 June 2018 to implore the Australian Government to stop cuts that will lead to a humanitarian crisis in our communities. Read more
An alliance of peak bodies and welfare groups has called on Labor, Green and crossbench Senators to reject a Government move to force new migrants to wait longer before they can access various social security payments. Read more
Federal plans to silence advocacy hit a snag
Charity leaders including ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie have united to call on Parliament to drop damaging legislation which threatens charities’ advocacy and our healthy democracy. Help protect Australia’s charities and oppose the Bill by taking action.
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
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.
In responding to the Opposition Treasurer’s reply speech to the Federal Budget 2018 yesterday, ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said, “While the Opposition has adopted important policies to close tax concessions and strengthen revenue, it has now put these gains at risk by joining the Government in a dangerous personal income tax cut war.” Read more
Proposed tax cuts damage the Budget, bypass those in greatest hardship, and undermine essential services
ACOSS responded today to the Government’s Budget, pointing out that more tax cuts are the wrong priority at the wrong time, will not help the majority of people on low incomes, and will deprive governments of the ability to fund essential services and restore the budget. Read more
ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “We have seen thousands of jobs cut from Centrelink over several years and now this Federal Government is contracting private companies, including Serco to answer calls. It is wrong that a private, multinational corporation is being contracted, and presumably profit from doing the job of Centrelink.” Read more
With the COAG Energy Council meeting later this week to consider the National Energy Guarantee, ACOSS has joined the call for further progress to be made towards designing a workable solution which addresses emissions reduction, reliability, and affordability across our energy system. Read more
As Energy Ministers prepare to meet to discuss the National Energy Guarantee, a YouGov Galaxy survey has shown that ‘investing in energy efficiency’ is the most popular policy that governments can introduce. Read more
Thousands of people seeking protection while living in the Australian community are at risk of destitution and homelessness due to the latest government move to completely cut income support for people who need it the most. Read more