CSSA has launched a series of fact sheets for Election 2016. The first of these, "Income to live", outlines CSSA's position on this vital area of public importance. This coincides with Australian Council of Social Services' (ACOSS) open letter asking all the major parties to put reducing poverty and inequality at the heart of the 2016 Federal Election.
In light of a government decision to not renew funding for community mental health and family and relationship counselling services programme in drought affected communities, CSSA has developed a Rural Community Resilience Programme. This programme, drawing on the success of the earlier model, enables counsellors to go into rural and remote communities and extend mental health, family and relationship support to people in their homes, on their stations, and at community events.
Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for the voices of the thrown-away people to be heard in the long federal election campaign. The bishops today issued a statement on the 2016 Federal Election, addressed to Catholics and all people of goodwill. “During the long election campaign there will be much talk about the economy and the need for good economic management at a time of some uncertainty”, the Bishops said. “Both sides of politics will state their economic credentials in a bid to win power. “The economy of course is important and there does need to be sound management. But, as Pope Francis has pointed out, there is also a danger that the economy can become a kind of false god to which even human beings have to be sacrificed.
CSSA Chair, Dr Maria Harries, was interviewed on “extra special care” we need to show for each other as we react to the landscape of sexual abuse that has been heightened since the commencement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RC). Aurora has invited her to consider how this might be done, attitudinally and practically. Finding answers is much tougher than acknowledging a need! All of us, but particularly those in Church communities, so close to the intensity of clerical abuse and individual and public pain, are reeling. Initially, it seemed impossible to believe − now it seems impossible to know what to do.
Only five days after the Federal Budget we are at the beginning of one of the longest election campaigns in Australian history. CSSA CEO, Marcelle Mogg, featured on ABC's Sunday Nights program looking at the Federal Budget, particularly as it affects agencies linked to church and welfare services.
Vulnerable Australians have again been overlooked in this third Federal Budget from the Coalition Government. The 2016-17 Budget provides tax cuts to the rich and service cuts to the rest. This Budget has given tax relief to those earning over $80K. This measure will cost $4 billion which could have been spent on investment in families and communities.
The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) has called on the Federal Government to commit to processing the applications of the 850 men currently on Manus Island here in Australia. CSSA is a member of CAPSA.
Community sector organisations, including CSSA, today issued a united call for this year’s Federal Budget to put reducing poverty and inequality at the heart of its purpose. This should be done by prioritising revenue raising measures to fund essential services and jobs growth, rather than by focusing narrowly on cuts to spending and unaffordable tax cuts in an election year.
Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s commitment to tackle the enduring and growing problems of inequality, poverty, intergenerational disadvantage and unemployment in Australia.
Late last week many representatives of the national network of Catholic Social Services gathered at the Review, Reimagine, and Renew conference in Melbourne. ABC radio presenter, John Cleary, has a panel discussion with: Marcelle Mogg, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Social Services Australia Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Catholic Social Services Victoria Professor Maria Harries, Chair, Catholic Social Services Australia, to discuss the Year of Mercy and what it means to Catholic social service providers.