Friday, 02 August 2013 11:40

Australia Can Afford the Services That Matter

Australia can afford a strong social-economic framework that supports individuals, families and communities, Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, said on Friday.

“The Australian economy is in good shape and, as a nation, we can afford to provide the services that matter – for all, and for the most vulnerable,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said, responding to the Federal Government’s Economic Statement released earlier today.

“We believe that every person has the right to a decent standard of living and look forward to a further reduction in barriers so that people can participate in the world of work and the community as fully as they wish and are able, supported by access to quality social services.”

“UnitingCare Australia welcomes the move to a national fees framework in Home and Community Care (HACC), enabling people to pay according to what they can afford, delivering fairness and equity across the states and territories,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.

“We urge the Government, and future governments, to align social and economic policy goals and invest in the things that matter to better support a stable and sustainable society.”

“Effective social policy is good economics,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.