Uniting Communities to lead headspace centre in Mount Gambier

Today the headspace national office has announced that Uniting Communities will be the lead agency for the headspace centre in Mount Gambier. The centre will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ to meet the mental health, as well as general health, needs of young people from 12 to 25 years of age living in the Limestone Coast region.… 

Take the apology beyond the words - take action to support the Stolen Generations Bill

Today on National Sorry Day (26th May), Uniting Communities calls on all political parties in South Australia to consider and support the Stolen Generations (Compensation) Bill. This Bill will enable South Australian members of the Stolen Generation to access compensation without having to take the matter to court – thereby avoiding the cost, time and… 

Creating a safe city – men take public stance against violence

Men who want to make our public spaces safe for women should head down to Pitt Street Adelaide today and get their photos taken for a street launch of the online campaign Rise Above the Pack, developed by the YWCA and supported by Uniting Communities. The YWCA have found that 59% of women don’t feel… 

9.8% reduction in average electricity bills welcomed

After years of substantial electricity price rises in South Australia, a reduction of nearly 10% in household bills will be achieved by application of the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) draft determination for the SA Power Network’s revenue allowance for 2015-20. This translates to a reduction of nearly $200 on the average electricity bill, but it… 

Submission to the Government of South Australia regarding State Tax Review – discussion paper

Cost of living pressures have been rising steadily for significant numbers of South Australian households over recent years, with financial counsellors from Uniting Communities now seeing clients who are spending more than 60% of their disposable income on housing plus utility costs alone. These costs of living pressures are well documented and are significant. There… 

Energy White Paper: mainly missed opportunities

Uniting Communities has cautiously welcomed the Government’s new Energy White Paper, released today, but says that there is not much short-term gain for households and small businesses hoping for energy price reductions, after a number of years of rapidly rising electricity and gas prices. The White Paper’s vision includes the following statement: “The Australian Government’s… 

Consumer protections against payday lending urgently needed

Uniting Communities has campaigned actively against the exploitation of vulnerable people by payday lenders for many years, with some improvements. However, tonight’s Four Corners program on ABC TV will no doubt highlight significant continuing problems. Uniting Communities is seeking stronger regulation to reduce the exploiting of vulnerable people, including: A responsible referral framework where payday… 

Principles for an informed tax debate

Uniting Communities has welcomed the release today of the Commonwealth Government’s discussion paper, inviting public debate about taxation. “We certainly hope that this debate will be one that actively involves a very wide range of community interests, and does not descend into self interested groups shouting about their own self interest,” said Mark Henley, Manager… 

National Close The Gap Day

Leading social justice organisation, Uniting Communities, believes that National Closing the Gap Day will serve to highlight that Aboriginal communities are facing growing levels of inequality and disadvantage. Sue Tilley of Uniting Communities said ‘there is a very real risk that the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples will be widened as a result of… 

Submission to the River Murray Water Allocation Plan

Uniting Communities is interested in the question of water allocation because of the impact on regional communities, including economic activity. We are also particularly concerned about effects on low and modest income households, through impacts on their water bills and consequently their cost of living. Read our submission to the River Murray Water Allocation Plan.