June 17, 2013 - ACOSS today backed the findings of a new report arguing this is the ‘critical decade' for action on climate change, adding that disadvantaged groups will feel the full brunt of inaction.
"We strongly support the Climate Commission's well-considered report, which should be a wakeup call for our nation's leaders," said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie. Read Full Statement.
C20 major step for inclusion of Australia's civil society
June 13, 2013 - ACOSS today welcomed the announcement of the formation of the Australian Civil Society 20 (C20) as an integral part of the program for Australia to host the G20 in Brisbane later this year.
"This is a good move by the Prime Minister and a major step forward in ensuring community voices are heard at the highest level," said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie. Read Statement.
May 28, 2013 - ACOSS today called on the Northern Territory Government to rethink its proposed Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill that is currently before the NT parliament.
"We are extremely concerned about the introduction of the Bill, which we view as discriminatory against Aboriginal people in the NT. It's not based on any evidence and simply won't work," said ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie. Media Release.
Major parties must agree to lift Newstart to reduce poverty
May 22, 2013 - ACOSS has called on the nation's major political parties to agree to move urgently to legislate an increase in low income support payments, such as Newstart Allowance, in order to stem the rise in poverty, following the release of yet another report showing that people are falling deeper into poverty in our country. Read Media Release.
For more information our Newstart Allowance campaign: $35 a day is not enough!
April 15, 2013 - Single parents rallied across Australia on the weekend to bring attention to the cuts in payments of over 80,000 single parent families.