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Compulsory income management should be repealed, not extended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… 

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…