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SACOSS is the South Australian Council of Social Service, the peak body for the non-government health and community services sector in South Australia.

SACOSS does not accept poverty, inequity or injustice. We will be a powerful and representative voice that leads and supports our community to take actions that achieve our vision of justice, opportunity and shared wealth for all South Australians. We will hold to account governments, business and communities for actions that disadvantage vulnerable people.

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SACOSS welcomes boost to jobs and revenue - but says no attention to digital inclusion, early intervention and vulnerable people

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service says today’s State Budget with its focus on jobs and revenue is welcome but we are disappointed there is no attention on opportunities for growth through the digital economy, no real initiatives directed to helping low income households, nor any funding for prevention activities in health and child protection. 

Thinking beyond the Budget ‘announceables’

by Ross Womersley, 
CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service

Before we go attacking or defending tomorrow's State Budget, I wonder if we could think more deeply about the broader context.

Inevitably, the Budget debate (like all Budget debates) will be characterised by announcements of new initiatives which may or may not be good, but which hide the real day to day expenditure of government. There will be claims of “the biggest taxing Budget ever” (which applies to almost every government simply because of inflation and growth), and there will be the self-interest of groups who (genuinely but sometimes unhelpfully) believe that what is good for their sector/industry is good for the state as a whole.

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