Author: Kerrod Trott

An Indigenous voice can help Close the Gap

The establishment of an Indigenous voice to parliament would help address key problems outlined in a 10-year review of the Closing the Gap strategy, says Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine. Reconciliation Australia echoes calls for the Federal Government to reset its approach to closing the gap in health outcomes, as outlined in a Close the Gap Campaign report released today. The review found that the government’s failure to base their policies on meaningful consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a core reason why the strategy failed to significantly improve health outcomes. The Referendum Council last year...

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A humanitarian crisis here in Australia

Around 12,000 people seeking asylum living in Australia are at risk of losing lifesaving services due to Government changes. Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) are a base line support safety net that often is not enough to make ends meet, but keeps people from complete destitution. Government changes to SRSS impact case management, income support (89% of Newstart payment amount), which enables people to pay rent, and access to specialist medical care including torture and trauma counselling. This limited support has been standard practice for decades for people awaiting their final refugee status determination. Among recent changes, the Turnbull...

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Queensland set to celebrate Women’s Week

Queensland Women’s Week recognises and celebrates the achievements of Queensland’s women and girls. Everyone has a role to play in creating a Queensland community that respects women, embraces gender equality, and promotes and protects the rights, interests and wellbeing of women and girls. This year Queensland Women’s Week celebrations will be held from 3 to 11 March with the theme ‘Celebrate wellbeing. Everybody wins’. The theme aims to encourage women and girls to celebrate their wellbeing which benefits not only individual women and girls, but the whole community. It also aligns with the health and wellbeing priority of the...

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Tell Nick to reject the Welfare ‘Reform’ Bill

This week, the Senate will be voting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which will apply stricter conditions and harsher penalties for non-compliance to people receiving Centrelink payments. We have prepared a thorough brief on the Bill, and its impact on vulnerable people. As reported in The Guardian (Coalition warned welfare overhaul could worsen homelessness) the homelessness sector has serious concerns about the impact these proposed changes will have on existing clients, and also fears a large number of new people will be pushed to homelessness who would previously have been able to cope unassisted.   This increase in homelessness,...

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Don’t buy into war – IPAN

The Turnbull Government’s plan to give weapons manufacturers $3.8 billions of taxpayers’ funds is being blasted by workers involved in the Don’t Buy Into War campaign. Peace and Justice is Union Business, which includes unions and rank-and-file union members, says offering government support for the arms industry so soon after withdrawing support for domestic auto manufacturing is a cruel joke. ETU  Victoria  Assistant  Secretary  Ivan  Balta  says  the  subsidies  come  just  a  few  years  after  the  Abbott government withdrew industry support for domestic auto manufacturing, declaring the ‘Age of Entitlement over’ and daring car makers to leave Australia. “Apparently...

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