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Labor shows its serious but climate policy is not fast enough nor fair for people on low incomes

While Labor’s Climate Policy is a step up from the current polices of the Coalition government it does not go fast enough nor far enough to put people with the least, impacted workers and communities at the front. ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “The Labor climate policy announced today is welcome recognition that action on climate change can create jobs, cut energy bills, and drive down emissions. However, the policy misses the opportunity to give priority to people most at risk to the impacts of climate change and markets responses. Read More


ACOSS response to Parliament debate on Bills: Voter ID and Political Campaigners Bill

ACOSS welcomes reports of a decision by the Coalition Government to not proceed with its  Voter ID Bill prior to the 2022 election.
ACOSS is shocked and disappointed at the passage of amendments to the Electoral Act that will place an unnecessary burden on charities that engage in issues-based advocacy at election times. Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS, said, “We are deeply concerned that this legislation could stifle the voices of community services and prevent them from advocating for the much-needed changes to ensure people with greatest need are front and centre in the work of Government and the Parliament. Read more


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Rushed bill will muffle community voices

In the final sitting week of the year, the Morrison Government has guillotined debate and rushed through amendments to the Electoral Act that will see charities and community voices muzzled at election times. 

The changes to the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Political Campaigners) Bill 2021 will place an unnecessary burden on charities that engage in issues-based advocacy at election times and make it harder for Australians to participate in national debates on important issues. Read more


Shocking rise in energy debt needs urgent government action

ACOSS calls on the Federal Government to urgently provide financial support to people on low incomes in energy hardship made worse by COVID-19 after new data shows a shocking increase in energy debt. According to data released yesterday afternoon by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), average household energy debt for gas and electricity has increased 12% from $897 in 2019–20 to $1,000 in 2020–21, while the average electricity debt for a customer upon entry into their retailer’s hardship program grew 21% over the same period from $1,304 to $1,584. Read More

Lifting energy efficiency standards for new homes will reduce poverty

ACOSS has joined more than 50 organisations calling for minimum energy efficiency standards for new homes be increased to 7+stars. ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie says: “Raising minimum energy efficiency standards for new homes is essential to reducing poverty and inequality. It means everyone living in housing built in 2022 and beyond, including social housing and private rental, will benefit from cheaper energy bills and better health outcomes.” Read Statement here 


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