Impact

Articles from Winter

Community Workers Make a Difference
The economic downturn has seen escalating numbers of people turn to community service and welfare organisations for emergency assistance. ACOSS' recent survey of the non-profit community services sector highlighted the vital role that this sector...
Fallout from the 2009 Budget-The Gaps between Pensions and Allowances
Next month, on 20 September, the 2.1 million age pensioners in Australia will receive an increase in their pensions as a result of the May Federal budget. Single age pensioners will receive up to $32.49 a week bringing payments to $413 per week...
Sustaining and Developing Non-Profit Social Services
The economic downturn has seen escalating numbers of people turn to emergency relief services for assistance. With shrinking margins between the costs of delivering social services and funding levels, what does this mean for an already stretched sector?...
Three Priorities to Reform Inequities and Inefficiencies in the Tax and Transfer System
Last year, not long after their first budget in office, the Rudd Government called for a 'root and branch' review of the Australian tax and transfer system. The review, which is due to report to the government at the end of 2009, provides a great opportunity...
Towards a National Human Rights Act?
Poverty, deprivation and homelessness are not only equity or social justice issues. They are human rights issues. A national consultation committee is looking at the implications of a human rights act for Australia. What protections would a human...
Unemployment: The Coming Crisis
Recovery from the global recession requires substantial expenditure on active labour market policies directly targeted at unemployment. Action is needed now to prevent a re-emergence of sustained mass unemployment. This paper was presented to the ACTU...
When Raising Retirement Ages, Don't Start with the Poorest
Australia has two official retirement ages: 55 years to access superannuation and 63-65 years to access the age pension. At some stage, both ages will have to rise if we are to avoid labour shortages and ensure that people have decent incomes in retirement....