We'll take children out of detention: non-profit's offer to Government

Reports that immigration detention is causing mental illness in children and leading them to self-harm has prompted major South Australian non-profit organisation, Uniting Communities, to offer to work with the Australian Government to help take all children out of detention. The Australian Human Rights Commission Report, The Forgotten Children, has found that 34% of children… 

The test for tax reform: Meeting the fair-efficient-sufficient test

In welcoming the State Government’s courage to start a ‘fair dinkum’ debate on tax reform, Uniting Communities’ Chief Executive Simon Schrapel says the government needs to be held to account on its ability to achieve a balance in the measures to be considered. ‘In our view there are three principal tests for any reform –… 

Closing the Gap: Where's the justice?

The seventh and latest Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council’s Closing the Gap Report, which measures levels of Aboriginal disadvantage, indicates that little progress has been made and there are a number of indicators that are not on track. While there’s been limited progress in halving the mortality rate gap for children under five… 

Getting on board a vision for South Australia

Uniting Communities has backed the Government’s new agenda as outlined in the Governor’s Speech to Parliament today. “No doubt not every South Australian will embrace the priorities and reforms that have been identified,” said Uniting Communities Chief Executive Simon Schrapel, “but we see in the Governor’s speech a key set of commitments that has the… 

Submission to the Essential Service Commission of South Australia on the SA Water Rate of Return

South Australia has the highest water prices for any Australian capital city, and price increases are putting substantial cost of living pressures on large numbers of households. Uniting Communities recommend that an independent review of the SA Water Regulated Asset Base (RAB) is undertaken as a matter of priority. Read the submission here.

Submission to the Royal Commission into Child Protection Systems, South Australia

Uniting Communities believes that the protection of children is everyone’s business. Whilst much of the recent public focus has been on shortcomings of our child protection authorities, any lasting improvement will require much more than reform of these systems. Uniting Communities submission to the Royal Commission into Child Protection Systems calls on a complete re-think into how…