Human Rights Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on the 10th December in 1950, to mark the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. In 2013, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment.
"This is a great achievement and takes place in the same week as the passing of one of the greatest ever freedom fighters, Nelson Mandela", said Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO. Read full statement.
Child poverty rising: uncomfortable truth, not overblown claim
ACOSS CEO responds to ABC Fact Check
On the first sitting day of the new federal parliament last month, ACOSS and the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF issued a joint call for the 44th Parliament to make tackling growing child poverty a national priority The joint appeal came amid deepening concern among ACOSS member organisations working with some of the most disadvantaged families that more children are going without, and that services cannot keep up with demand.
"Whilst I acknowledge that there are inherent difficulties with interpreting available longitudinal poverty data, I do not accept Factcheck's finding that my statements were 'overblown' and do 'not stack up''. Read our full response here.
In its submission to the Commission of Audit released today, the Australian Council of Social Service warned the Federal Government against relying on a ‘quick fix’ of spending cuts to restore the Budget, adding that the deficit is mainly due to falling revenues and should be restored to pre-GFC levels to raise an additional $23 billion a year.
Lift Newstart and fix super before raising pension age
November 22, 2013 - ACOSS says it opposes any suggestion of lifting the pension age to 70 until working age payments are adequate and superannuation tax breaks for older people are delayed and reformed, following the release of today's new Productivity Commission report, An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future. Read Full Statement.
November 12, 2013 -ACOSS and the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, have joined forces to call on the new Australian parliament to make tackling growing child poverty a national priority and commit to do more to reduce the problem globally. Read Joint Statement.
New Government must not 'leave anyone behind'
Tony Abbott declared in his acceptance speech that the Coalition "will not leave anyone behind." The true test of his government will be the extent to which it provides today's ‘forgotten' a hand-up to lift our nation's fortunes, writes ACOSS, CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie. Read Full Opinion Article.
Also see ACOSS statement: New Government Minister urged to work with the community.
ACOSS has spearheaded a long battle by Australia's community welfare sector for an increase to below poverty line income support payments like Newstart and Youth Allowance that are driving people into worsening poverty.
For more information our Newstart Allowance campaign: $35 a day is not enough!
Watch ABC 4 Corners program: 'On the Brink' by Geoff Thompson and Morag Ramsay on Monday July 1, 2013