UnitingCare Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide this submission to the Review of the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017.
We support the intention of the Bill to help provide transparency to the Government and to the Australian public concerning the forms and sources of foreign influence on Australia’s democratic process. However, as the Law Council of Australia has noted in its submissioni, the Bill as drafted may not only ‘unduly impact those that have no intention to disrupt Australian democracy and sovereignty’ but also lack ‘the ability to curb the types of influential behaviour that is of identifiable concern’.
UnitingCare Australia is pleased to provide this submission to the Inquiry. We note that the stated purpose of the Bill is to introduce new measures to improve transparency and accountability in relation to political donations, so that foreign or other hidden influences intended to subvert the democratic process can be identified and counteracted.
UnitingCare Australia has considered the discussion paper in light of the aims for a consumer driven, sustainable aged care system that are expressed in the Aged Care Sector Committee’s Aged Care Roadmap. Our key aim in this area is to ensure that older Australians are able to access the care services of their choice that best meet their needs, goals and aspirations and enhance their quality of life.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017.
UnitingCare Australia takes this opportunity to comment on provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.
UnitingCare Australia agrees with the points made in the Report around stewardship arrangements including greater coordination, more transparency and smoother transitions. However, we believe there is a need to more clearly emphasise the real need for greater coordination between both Commonwealth and state governments before any changes are made to increase competition in human services.
Concerning changes to DGR tax arrangements, it is our view that reform should respect the diversity of our sector whilst simultaneously eliminating unnecessary administrative, reporting, acquittal and compliance processes and associated costs. We welcome many of the proposals outlined in the Discussion Paper aimed at streamlining the governance of DGRs and eliminating complexity of the DGR application process.
The signatories to this letter represent peak bodies, providers, families and educators in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector. Many of the signatory organisations previously made submissions to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiries into the Families Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016 and on the 2015 bill (see Attachments A and B).
UnitingCare Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback on the Elder Abuse Discussion Paper prepared by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).
This submission builds upon feedback that UnitingCare Australia previously supplied in response to the ALRC on the Elder Abuse Issues Paper. It reiterates many of the issues and themes raised in that submission, in addition to commenting on the proposals forwarded for consideration by the ALRC. This response draws on input from the broader UnitingCare service network, most particularly from UnitingCare Queensland, Resthaven and Kildonan UnitingCare, as well as from UnitingCare Australia’s Aged Care Network.