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The single most effective step to reduce poverty this Anti-Poverty Week

As Parliament returns today on the Monday of Anti-Poverty Week, the Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the Government to take the single most effective step to reduce the persistent rates of poverty in our wealthy country...
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Solutions are clear to major national challenges impacting people’s daily lives – ACOSS budget submission

The Federal Government has an urgent social, economic and environmental imperative to act in the Federal Budget to address major national challenges – stagnant incomes, a weak economy, service failures and climate change – says the Australian Council of...
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Parliament must stand firm against expensive, ineffective, demeaning policies designed to distract from urgent need to increase Newstart

The Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the Parliament to resolutely block the Government’s demeaning, expensive drug-testing plan, and any attempt by the Government to expand the impractical cashless debit card. It was reported yesterday that the Prime Minister...
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Report that Government removed recommendation for Newstart increase alarming

The Australian Council of Social Service is alarmed by a report today that the Government intervened in a Parliamentary Inquiry to remove a recommendation to increase Newstart. ACOSS Acting CEO Jacqueline Phillips said: “It’s outrageous that a Government Minister would step...
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Raise the Rate of Newstart fact check

Do 99% of people on Newstart get other payments? Yes. They receive the $4.40pw Energy Supplement. Combined with Newstart, it takes single people’s weekly income to $282, or $40 a day. What about Rent Assistance? Only 40% of single people on Newstart...
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People on Newstart share stories with MPs as part of Raise the Rate Week of Action

People on Newstart and Youth Allowance will be meeting with their MPs during a national Week of Action this week as part of the Raise the Rate campaign, sharing their stories and calling on their MPs to immediately raise...
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