A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.
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Research and evaluation teleconference
Target working with UnitingCare to help bring relief to disaster victims
Uniting Church plans 40 days of prayer leading up to 40th anniversary
Rental Affordability Snapshot released today
Recent submissions and media releases
UnitingCare Australia facilitates social investment through advocating for policies and services that strengthen people’s capacities to participate in society to their full potential. We believe that economic policies should similarly reflect this focus on social investment to achieve a strong and thriving Australia.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds has welcomed modest measures in tonight’s budget that begin to redistribute existing revenue and scale back wasteful tax concessions, paving the way to fund important reforms.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the Coalition’s decision to cut the Income Support Bonus, should it form government after the Federal election in September, will deliver a significant blow to low income Australians including people on Newstart, Youth Allowance and Parenting payments.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that yesterday’s Commission of Audit report set out a raft of recommendations that challenge the way we think about the role of government and our expectations of it.
“While the report contains more than enough recommendations for cutting, transferring, privatising and scaling back to concern most sectors of the community, the recommendations do not equate to government decisions, as the Finance Minister made clear yesterday,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that next week’s Federal Budget should focus on investing in people and productivity to ensure the future prosperity of the nation.
“The Budget offers an opportunity to invest in our nation’s most valuable resource – its people,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that this year’s Federal Budget falls short of its own ambition to provide equality of opportunity for all Australians.
"The burden of this budget falls overwhelmingly on families, pensioners and young people.
“Tax levels should be part of any discussion about getting Australia’s budget into healthier shape”, said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
“Both income and spending need to be considered when it comes to getting Australia’s national accounts into the black. While the focus of public discussions of the past few months has been on government spending, consideration also needs to go towards raising enough through taxation to ensure we can fund the things that matter”, said Ms Hatfield Dodds.
Our Christian mission calls us to promote the dignity of all people. A key cohort of people who access our services is made up of individuals and families living within limited means, including many who are eligible for an Australian Government pension, allowance and/or tax benefit. We have a strong interest in the pursuit of a fair and adequate welfare system that enables people to live decent lives.
UnitingCare is closely following developments in social security and welfare policy, including budget measures announced on 13 May 2014 and contained in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 1) Bill 2014 and Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 2) Bill 2014 (the Bills). We are grateful for the opportunity to submit to the Inquiry into these Bills.