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‘The evidence is in’: Australians want an increase to Newstart

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 -  The majority of Australians agree there should be an increase to Newstart, a new poll has shown. The Essential Research poll, commissioned by the Australian Council of Social Service,

What community services want: An end to the cuts

Cassandra Goldie, Friday, 12th April 2019 -  Healthy, inclusive, thriving communities need quality, secure community services, writes ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie, as part of a series of articles looking at what the social

Repeated failure to support people on the lowest incomes

Cassandra Goldie, Thursday, 11th April 2019 -  This year’s federal budget was an extreme disappointment, writes Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service, ahead of their upcoming post-budget breakfast.

Government turns to automation to save $2 billion in welfare payments

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 -  Welfare recipients are again one of the biggest losers in the budget, with the federal government failing to raise Newstart and moving to save billions in welfare payments by automating

Labor urged to broaden living wage policy

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 26th March 2019 -  Opposition leader Bill Shorten says an elected Labor government will introduce a living wage so no full-time worker lives in poverty, but community leaders say unemployed workers

Government pledges to extend ‘racist and punitive’ cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 26th March 2019 -  More than 20,000 Australians will be added onto the controversial cashless welfare card as part of a Morrison government plan that’s been condemned by community groups. Social Services

Community Sector Hits Back at Climate Solutions Fund

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 27th February 2019 -  The government’s rebadging of Tony Abbott’s emissions reduction fund as a “Climate Solutions Fund” has been slammed by community groups, who say it will be ineffective in solving

Humanitarian Organisations Warn SDG Recommendations Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 20th February 2019 -  Leading humanitarian organisations say Australia will suffer internationally if Senate recommendations for the Sustainable Development Goals are not taken seriously by the

ACOSS Calls for $2 Billion Budget Boost for Community Services

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th February 2019 -  Australia’s community services sector needs a $2 billion a year federal funding injection to reverse major budget cuts to programs that vulnerable people rely on, the nation’s peak

CDP Fines Causing Stress and Anxiety for Indigenous Job Seekers

Luke Michael, Thursday, 7th February 2019 -  Financial penalties given to participants of the government’s controversial remote work-for-the-dole scheme are causing increased stress, anxiety and mental health problems

Is Social Housing Essential Infrastructure?

Contributor, Thursday, 7th February 2019 -  How we think about it does matter, write Kathleen Flanagan, Chris Martin, Julie Lawson and Keith Jacobs, in this article which was first published in The Conversation. We know that

Robo-debt Faces Up to Landmark Court Case

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 6th February 2019 -  The social sector has thrown its support behind Victoria Legal Aid’s “landmark” challenge of the controversial automated debt recovery system, known as robo-debt. Victoria Legal
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