ACOSS urges Parliament to pass flood levy: cut wasteful tax breaks to rebuild Qld, not essential programs or income support payments
Frank Quinlan, Executive Director of CSSA joined a delegation of leading community and welfare groups, to urge the Federal Parliament to include them in the decision making process in the response to the reconstruction of devastated communities in Queensland following the recent floods and Cyclone Yasi.
During this year's anti-poverty week the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin said: 'Reducing poverty is a major challenge and requires all governments, non-government agencies, business and the community to work together to address it.'
Speaking at the Family Relationships Services Australia Conference in Melbourne, Mr Quinlan said, "these announcements will see the Government working together with service providers to direct services to families in need."
Eight years ago today, on 21st October 2002, the Australian Senate established the most extensive inquiry into poverty in more than 30 years. That inquiry made 95 recommendations.
Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia have joined forces to call on the new government to develop a 10 year national plan to overcome poverty and disadvantage.
I have been asked frequently in recent weeks who CSSA would like to see win the Federal Election. The truth is that we do not endorse one party over another.
Today Fair Work Australia will hear an Australian Services Union claim regarding wage rates for the social and community services sector.
In the 1976 film “Network” burnt out newsreader Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch, famously incites his audience to go to their windows and yell, “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it any more”.
CSSA has joined forces with other organisations to call on both major parties to improve mental health services.
In June the Government passed a bill extending blanket welfare quarantining from a handful of trial sites to the entire Northern Territory and then across the country.