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APY Lands Rights Act amended without negotiation!

Today, the SA Parliament passed the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which allows the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation to dismiss the community-elected APY Executive Board for any reason he deems fit. Existing provisions under the original APY Land Rights Act provided for procedural arrangements and conditions under which the APY […]

Uniting Communities challenges CDP

A Senate Inquiry is being held into the Federal Government’s Community Development Program (CDP), which is the work-for-the-dole scheme that operates in remote communities across Australia. People in remote communities who receive income support benefits and are able to work, are required to work 25 hours per week in order to receive their benefits. A […]

Lifeline celebrates milestone during Volunteer Week

10,000 Crisis Supporters volunteer over past five years With more than 10,000 Telephone Crisis Supporters giving their time over the past five years, Lifeline is celebrating this National Volunteer Week by acknowledging the exceptional work of its volunteers – past and present – based in communities across Australia. National Volunteer Week (8-14 May) is an […]

Completing the child protection jigsaw

Abridged version published in InDaily, 6 September 2016. Over the past two years South Australia has experienced arguably its most extensive and far reaching examination of how it responds to the protection of children and young people through the auspice of the Nyland Royal Commission. It has produced an exhaustive report on the failings and […]

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services

Uniting Communities has made a contribution to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services through our peak UnitingCare Australia. ++++ Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services UnitingCare Australia has long believed that reforms increasing user choice are positive […]

Storm the Pokies

Uniting Communities is strongly supporting the call made jointly today, (Bastille Day) by Andrew Wilkie, Nick Xenophon and Rev Tim Costello for the new Australian Parliament to commit to practical and sensible gambling reform. They are committing to work for: “A ban on sports betting advertising during G-rated time periods. Both MPs will move resolutions […]

Fears for implications of aged-care funding cuts

Leading non-profit organisation, Uniting Communities, has expressed major concerns regarding funding cuts outlined for residential aged care by the Federal Government. Some $1.2 billion in cuts to aged care funding have been announced by the Government in the 2016-17 budget through the aged care funding instrument (ACFI). These cuts are targeted at the most frail […]

Amendments to APY Land Rights Act

This week Susan Tilley raised concerns with our State politicians regarding proposed amendments to the APY Land Rights Act.  Here is a copy of our correspondence with a link to the Paper Tracker website.   Good afternoon  I write regarding the proposed amendments to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.  The Anangu Lands Paper […]

A Fair Energy Future for SA

Electricity shouldn’t be a luxury item, but for a growing subset of South Australians the cost of using power is already out of reach. You only have to look at the numbers: last year 10,179 households in our state were disconnected from electricity for inability to pay. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone happy […]

Target: 80,000 Real Jobs

During this election campaign a major focus has rightly been given to jobs and economic growth that will lead to job creation.  It is critical that we understand the current labour force status in South Australia in order to have informed debate about what is needed.  A target of 80,000 real jobs in SA! More info […]