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ACOSS warns against the Government’s planned cuts to income support

Ahead of the Treasurer’s economic address tomorrow, the Australian Council of Social Service says the community strongly opposes the massive cuts to income support proposed by the Government in September, just a few months away. The Australian Council of Social...
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Treasurer states we need a decent social security safety net

In a National Press Club address today, Treasurer Frydenberg has stated that we must ensure “a safety net which is underpinned by a sense of decency and fairness”. The Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “We need...
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Poll shows majority support permanent JobSeeker fix

The majority of the community (57%) believes the JobSeeker payment should not be cut back down to the old Newstart rate, shows the national Essential Poll today, with 15% of respondents undecided. Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra...
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Senate Committee finds we must permanently increase income support

The Australian Council of Social Service welcomes the report of the Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart. The Committee recommends that that the JobSeeker (formerly Newstart), Youth Allowance and Parenting Payments be increased once the Coronavirus Supplement is phased...
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Yet another federal government MP calls for Newstart increase

Federal Government MP Pat Conaghan has come out in support of an increase to Newstart, citing concerns over child poverty, in a move warmly welcomed by the Australian and New South Wales Councils of Social Service. Mr Conaghan, a Nationals...
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Report shows three million people in poverty in Australia and why we must act to support each other

The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview, released today by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney, shows more than one in eight adults and one in six children live below the poverty line in Australia. Australian Council of...
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