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ACOSS warmly welcomes cashless debit abolition. Now the same must happen for mandatory income management

ACOSS welcomes the passage of the legislation to abolish mandatory cashless debit. We congratulate the government for prioritising this bill and agreeing to amendments to support community-led services and initiatives in cashless debit sites.

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People on income support bear inflationary brunt

The surging cost of living is having a devastating impact for people on income support, with six in ten eating less or reporting difficulty getting medicine or care, according to a new report by ACOSS.

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Indexation does nothing to lift people on income support out of poverty

Routine indexation of Jobseeker Payment to the Consumer Price Index comes into effect from today. It will lift JobSeeker from $46 to $48 a day, leaving it well below the poverty line and just 42% of the minimum wage.

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Climate Change Act is an important step forward

ACOSS welcomes the Climate Change Act as a good basis to address the climate change crisis and we stand ready to work with Government on measures to quickly exceed the 43% target and ensure people on low incomes benefit from the transition.

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ACOSS and ACTU agreement

ACOSS and the ACTU have reached agreement on a range of issues discussed at last week’s Jobs and Skills Summit, including achieving and maintaining full employment, removing barriers to women’s participation in the workforce, properly supporting unemployed workers and lifting people out of poverty, and fixing our broken bargaining system to make it simple, fair and accessible for all working people. 

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Broad coalition calls on Federal Government to amend Climate Change Bill 2022

A broad coalition of community, business, environment, and research sector organisations have issued a call to the Federal Parliament to support the inclusion of economic, employment, social and engagement principles in the Climate Change Bill 2022. 

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JobSeeker rise of $1.80 a day won’t even cover the cost of a loaf of bread

JobSeeker Payment will increase $1.80 per day on 20 September, lifting the daily rate from $46 to $48. This leaves it well below the poverty line and takes it to just 42% of the minimum wage.

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