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.  

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…