Election for Fairer Australia – ACOSS
Monday, 19th July 2010 at 2:33 pm
The Federal election campaign is a time for the political leaders to set an agenda for a nation where all Australians have equal access to services are not excluded because of social or economic disadvantage, says the Australian Council of Social Service.
Tony Westmore, Acting CEO, of ACOSS says as the economy recovers many Australians are being left behind and too many struggle with unemployment and poverty.
Westmore says despite better economic conditions, many Australians are still finding it difficult to find work.
He says the political parties must commit to supporting unemployed Australians into work through programs such as ACOSS' proposal for a paid work experience scheme which would equip job seekers with on-the-job work skills.
He says also adding to pressure on budgets is the escalating cost of housing in Australia with rents in major cities rising significantly over the last year, and stock in low supply putting huge pressures on household budgets.
He says ACOSS supports caution and restraint in Government spending.