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Mental health system failing vulnerable Aussies

Luke Michael, Friday, 1st November 2019 -  The Productivity Commission estimates mental illness and suicide is costing Australia up to $180 billion a year  Up to one million Australians are not getting the help they need for

How is the community sector faring in 2019? Have your say

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 30th October 2019 -  National survey aims to provide a snapshot of the sector Community organisations are being called on to take part in a national survey about how the sector is faring in 2019, and what

Social services minister slammed for ‘out-of-touch’ welfare comments

Luke Michael, Friday, 4th October 2019 -  Community groups are demanding Social Services Minister Anne Ruston apologise and retract comments she made suggesting that raising Newstart would give drug dealers and pub owners

170,000 Aussie homes left with less than $35 a day after paying rent

Luke Michael, Monday, 30th September 2019 -  The number of low-income households struggling to pay their rent has doubled in the past two decades, new research shows. The Productivity Commission’s latest report found that

Harnessing community for effective action

Contributor, Tuesday, 10th September 2019 -  The upcoming ACOSS Conference will act as a key platform for the sector to hear directly from relevant political leaders and to pose pressing questions, writes Jacqueline Phillips,

Government urged to reject expansion of cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Monday, 9th September 2019 -  Parliament is being urged to reject any push to expand the cashless welfare card, following reports the prime minister is eyeing a national roll out of the program. Scott Morrison

Poverty in Australia is increasing as wages stagnate

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th July 2019 -  Australia’s poverty rate is on the rise, new data shows, with community groups saying this is a result of the government’s failure to properly index Newstart. The latest Household,

Coalition faces internal pressure to raise Newstart

Luke Michael, Monday, 22nd July 2019 -  Liberal Senator Dean Smith has joined a growing chorus of Coalition figures calling for Newstart to be raised, amid another push from the Greens to increase the payment.   Smith told

Wealth inequality on the rise in Australia

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 17th July 2019 -  Average household wealth in Australia has risen above $1 million, but community groups warn this comes at a time of widening economic inequality, with the wealth of low-income earners

‘Too expensive, too risky, too unfair’: Tax cuts under fire following Grattan report

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 -  The final stage of the Coalition’s $158 billion tax cut plan would make Australia’s tax system less progressive than it’s been since the 1950s, a new report says.
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ACOSS warns against government’s ‘unprecedented’ tax cuts

Luke Michael, Monday, 24th June 2019 -  The Morrison government’s plan to give people on $200,000 a tax cut of $11,000 a year will guarantee funding cuts to essential services and hurt society’s most vulnerable, the Australian

Stronger together in tackling Australia’s challenges

Cassandra Goldie, Thursday, 23rd May 2019 -  Now the political fate of the country has been decided, the Morrison government has some very big challenges ahead that can only be overcome by working together, writes the CEO of the
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