Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Government tries to slash incomes of poorest - again
The Australian Council of Social Service urges the Parliament to again stand up against the latest attempt by the Turnbull Government to cut the incomes of people who have the very least in the country.
ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said, "The proposal to cut the Energy Supplement will directly hit people already living in poverty by slashing between $4 to $7 per week from people trying to survive on social security payments, including the $38-per-day Newstart Allowance.

"Pensioners, carers, people with disability, people who are unemployed, and single parents all stand to have their social security base income cut if the bill to slash the Energy Supplement is passed.
"Poverty and inequality would worsen and our unemployment payment, which is more than $100 per week below the poverty line, would be cut by $4.40 per week. Pensions would be cut by $7 per week.

"Cutting payments to people who are locked out of paid work will not help them find a job. Instead, it will make it tougher as they will struggle even more to put a roof over their head and put food on the table. For many people, $7 pays for a family meal, an outfit for kids or travel to look for work. 
"Despite being an essential service, in less than a decade electricity prices have skyrocketed by more than 80%, disconnections have increased by 47%, the number of households on hardship measures has risen, and more households are rationing energy to the detriment of their health and well-being.
"Low-income households also continue to suffer housing stress with 800,000 low-income households paying more than 30% of their income in rent and more than 100,000 people are homeless.
"We commend the Nick Xenophon Team, Labor, the Greens, Senator Lambie and Senator Hinch, for previously rejecting this and other cruel measures. We urge them to stay firm.
"The community sector is united in its opposition to it. The government should focus on improving the adequacy of our unemployment payments rather than throwing their recipients into further destitution.
"Newstart is unbearably low. Business, unions and the community sector all agree that the level of the unemployment needs to be increased. It is extraordinary that the Turnbull Government persists in trying find budget savings by cutting income support to this group even further.
"This Bill has been repeatedly rejected by Parliament. It is a 'zombie' that needs to be buried with the rest. It is cruel to keep this threat over the lives of people affected.
"We call on the Parliament to protect the incomes of up to two million people receiving income support and again reject this bill," Dr Goldie said.
Contact:  Australian Council of Social Service, 0419 626 155

Sunday, 28 May 2017

During Senate Estimates this week it was revealed that the Coalition Government is continuing with its plans to attack the pension. Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann, admitted on Wednesday that increasing the age pension to 70 years of age remains Coalition Government policy.
This would mean that all Australians, whether they work in an office or in manual work, would be required to keep going until they’re 70, and it’s yet another example of how out of touch this Government is with ordinary Australians. The Older Women's Network Australia Inc will fight this unfair plan.
They found that some women will be hit with an effective marginal tax rate of 100%. In Senate Estimates this week the Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, and the Office of Women revealed that they have not requested any modelling from Treasury on the ways in which women will be affected by changing marginal tax rates. Senator Cash, as the person coordinating women’s policy, has every opportunity to address issues affecting women in the budget. She has the information and analysis that could have informed the budget, yet at Estimates she did not seem to know anything about the effect of the budget on women. This should be a key priority for the Minister for Women.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


From: "Rosie Batty - Never Alone"
Subject: My letter to Malcolm Turnbull
Date: 16 March 2017 08:41:21 AM AEDT
To: <[email address suppressed]>

Dear OWNA: Aloma
Throughout Luke’s short life I found myself in and out of the court system more times than I could count. This was incredibly stressful.

Too many family violence victims face similar situations every day.
Many people cannot afford legal representation and one of the few avenues of support available is the Community Legal Centre network across the country. This also includes Women’s Legal Services.
Sign my letter asking the Prime Minister to save Community Legal Centres.
From 1 July 2017, Community Legal Centres across Australia will be forced to close their doors or turn victims away due to a 30% cut to Commonwealth funding.

The ripple effect of these cuts will be huge, family violence victims will have to face their abuser without legal representation and without additional support.

I am asking the Prime Minister to intervene urgently to reverse these cuts. 
You too can sign on to my letter here. 

As the federal budget nears, it is critical to ask the Prime Minister to reverse these proposed funding cuts and keep Community Legal Centres open. They must be able to adequately support family violence victims at their most vulnerable, particularly in regional and remote communities where access to justice is most difficult.

I hope you’ll join me  - 
add your name to the letter here.

Thanks for standing with me, 
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And the Never Alone team

Sunday, 5 March 2017




 
You have probably heard a lot in the media about the Pap Test Program changing. From December 1st , the current Pap Test Program (also known as Pap Smear) will be replaced by the Cervical Screening Program which will include a Primary HPV test rather than a Pap test.
 
There has been a lot of media about this so we wanted to give you the right information so you know how these changes will affect you.These changes are a result of new evidence, better technology and will help improve early detection of cervical cancer and save lives.
 
The new National Cervical Screening Program will:
  • invite women to participate in the National Cancer Screening Register
  • replace the Pap test with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
  • invite women aged 25 to 74 years to undertake the test
  • increase the time between tests from two years to five years
  • invite women 70 to 74 years to have an exit test
 
Please take the time to read more information about the changes and the reasons behind the changes on the ACCF website and if you would like to know more, here is the official website from the Department of Health.
 
We urge you to talk to your doctor or health practitioner about what these changes mean for you specifically and until 1st December, continue with your Pap tests if you are due to have one. We will update you as we find out more, but make sure you keep up to date on our Facebook page and our website at www.accf.org.au
 
Kind regards

Joe Tooma
CEO, Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation
 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Australian Government Department of Health: Message to the Aged Care Sector

2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round – Allocation of 
Short-Term Restorative Care Places

The Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP today announced the allocation of 475 new Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) places worth an estimated $34.7 million. A total of 400 STRC places will take effect in 2016-17 with a further 75 taking effect in 2017-18. The STRC results from the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), including details of the successful approved providers, are available on the department's website.
The STRC programme increases the care options available to older people, through a time-limited (up to 56 days), goal-oriented and multidisplinary package of services. The programme may be delivered in a home/community setting, a residential aged care setting, or a combination of both.
Eligibility for STRC is determined by a comprehensive assessment undertaken by an Aged Care Assessment Team. My Aged Care comprehensive assessors will be able to begin assessing clients across Australia for STRC eligibility from Monday 27 February 2017.
From this date, the new STRC providers will be able to add details of their new services and allocated places to the My Aged Care website. This information will support assessors in making service referrals, and will supplement the national list of STRC services now available on My Aged Care.
For more information about STRC please visit the STRC website, or contact STRC@health.gov.au.
The results of the second phase of the 2016-17 ACAR covering its residential aged care and capital grant components are anticipated to be announced by mid-2017.
Ageing and Aged Care Group
Department of Health
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Sunday, 5 February 2017

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