Response to the Inquiry into ParentsNext

Uniting Communities has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs – Community Affairs Referencing Committee regarding the government’s ParentsNext program. This submission provides responses to a number of the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference, with an emphasis on the disadvantaging effects that the ParentsNext program has on children and their parents, with… 

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… 

Better solutions than mandated drug treatment

Uniting Communities has sent a submission to the legislative council outlining our concerns about the SA government’s proposed legislation for mandated treatment for children and young people who are dependent on drugs (click here for our submission). Uniting Communities has been providing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services for many years and so we see… 

Controlled Substance Use

Uniting Communities has concerns about the above Bill currently before the Parliament which attempts to mandate treatment from non-compliant drug addicted young people. Dependence on alcohol and other drugs is a chronic relapsing health condition. While Uniting Communities’ welcomes the government’s good intentions to deal with a difficult problem of concern to a small but significant group… 

Opposing Expansion of Cashless Debit Card

Evidence and reports from communities indicate that the implementation of the Cashless Debit Card has not achieved the results which are being claimed by the Federal Government.  Instead of punishing people on income support by placing them on the Card the Government should be directing its attention to increasing public housing stock and ensuring the…