Stop tinkering with unilateral reforms to CDP!

On Wednesday 23 January 2019, a media release from the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, outlined changes to the Community Development Program (CDP) which he states will be implemented from March this year. The bulk of these changes had been included in the Social Secutiry Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2018 which… 

Compulsory income management should be repealed, not extended

On Thursday 13 December 2018, the Minister for Families and Social Services, Mr Paul Fletcher, announced the Liberal-National Coalition Government’s decision to extend the Cashless Debit Card trials and Income Management program across all existing sites for a further 12 months. All compulsory income management measures in Australia have now been extended until 30 June… 

Briefing paper on the impact of the Community Development Program on APY

This briefing paper provides an overview of the Community Development Program (CDP), with a particular focus on the impact of the CDP in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities in the north west of South Australia.  The Paper then provides commentary on the proposed reforms to the CDP – announced on 8 May 2018 by the Minister for… 

Coalition urged to revive 'necessary and inevitable' emissions reduction

Uniting Communities has joined with other not-for-profit and business groups to urge the Morrison government to put emissions reduction back on the table, warning that a global transition towards lower emissions and ultimately net zero emissions is both necessary and inevitable. Ahead of the first meeting of state Energy Ministers since Scott Morrison dumped the emissions reduction component… 

Rough Justice for People with Disabilities in SA Court - Media Release

The SA Government has cut the Communication Partner Service in today’s budget, removing the opportunity for people with communication disabilities to have their voice heard and understood in our legal system. “This funding cut is false economy, removing a very cost effective, volunteer provided service that brings together police, the court system and a NGO… 

SA Budget has more negatives than positives for first nation South Australians - Media Release

CUTS TO NATIVE TITLE SERVICES AND SILENT ON REMOTE HOUSING The 2018-19 State budget includes very few positives for First Nations South Australians. The positives include a welcomed State contribution of $50,000 (2018-19) towards the provision of permanent community-based dialysis treatment services on the APY Lands, and the establishment of a position for a Commissioner…