Catholic Social Services Australia welcomed the Government’s announcement of a “Supporting Australian Households” package to accompany its “Clean Energy Future” package on 10 July.
Housing researchers Dr Guy Johnson and Professor Chris Chamberlain have recently argued for a 'housing first' approach, that offers people permanent housing to homeless people without first putting conditions on their behaviour.
“Tonight’s Budget reflects a Government responding to the critical employment, skills and health issues concerning Australians. Many positive measures have been announced,” said Executive Director of CSSA, Mr Paul O’Callaghan.
The stand-out item in this year's Federal Budget is the long overdue upgrading of support for mental health, writes Paul O'Callaghan.
In a recent interview on ABC radio, the leader of the opposition argued that work isn't just about the economy, it's also about individual welfare and the social fabric. What he didn't want to see 'is people who might be participants in the economy just parked forever on welfare when there is an alternative'.
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.