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Attorneys-General release secret report calling for age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 14 without exception
Today the South Australian Government accepted the #RaiseTheAge petition from 11,923 South Australians who have called for the minimum age of criminal responsibility to be raised to at least 14 years.
MEDIA RELEASE: The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) has welcomed a range of measures captured in the state budget, but stresses that much more is needed over the new government’s term.
The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) met with service providers and community leaders from across the Yorke and North region for its latest Regional Roundtable, held yesterday in Kadina.
NEWS UPDATE: SACOSS has released its own policy platform and election report card in the lead-up to this state election. Other non-profit organisations have done likewise - if you are interested to see some of what has been released, have a look here for a few that we are aware of
Interested in public health and prevention? Find out more about what the SA Public Health Consortium has called for in this critical area, and how the parties ranked in their pre-election scorecard.
MEDIA RELEASE: The South Australian Council of Social Service today released its pre-election report card on how well SA political parties are “covering the basics” in their election policy pitches.
UPDATE: Following our second 'Couch Series' event, Human Services Shadow Minister Nat Cook provided SACOSS with an overview of some key policy areas and priorities from Labor, particularly in reference to some of the areas flagged by SACOSS, as we approach the March 19 state election. Although she was unfortunately not able to join us for a discussion with Ross Womersley and Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink as planned, you can find a wrap-up of her post-event video address here.
MEDIA RELEASE: As ambulance ramping takes centre stage in the SA state election campaign, key community service groups are highlighting the problem of the cost of ambulance call-outs, with many people not calling an ambulance when they need one because of fear of the costs.
UPDATE: The second in our SACOSS pre-election ‘Couch Series’ was held on 2 March, with Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink fielding a wide range of questions form SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley.
MEDIA RELEASE: SACOSS is releasing a new report: Protecting the Basics: Insurance access for people on low incomes at risk from climate emergencies.
UPDATE: In the lead-up to the SA State Election on March 19, SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley put a range of questions to State Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas at our first ‘Couch Series’ event.
MEDIA RELEASE: SACOSS today held its “On the Couch” forum with Labor leader Peter Malinauskas and welcomed a number of his policy comments and commitments. The forum was held in the SACOSS offices and largely viewed online by leaders and staff from the social and community services sector right across the state.
MEDIA RELEASE: The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) today released its latest Cost of Living Update, which highlights problems of rental affordability in South Australia.
MEDIA RELEASE: Public housing, digital inclusion & fixing water supply in regional and remote communities headline SACOSS’ “Cover the Basics” state election policy platform. SACOSS is today releasing its ‘Cover the Basics’ policy platform document, which outlines a series of policy prescriptions for SA political parties in the lead-up to the next SA state election and beyond it. The community service sector peak body’s list of calls reflects key areas of longstanding SACOSS advocacy, with some concrete measures for parties to commit to.
OPINION PIECE: Been hot lately? Too many renters across SA are stuck in substandard housing that's too hot in summer and too cold in winter - and saddled with too-high energy bills as a result. SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley issues a strong call in The Advertiser for minimum energy efficiency standards and mandatory disclosure for rental properties in SA - and a commitment to both from the two major parties.
MEDIA RELEASE: The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) welcomes the state government’s announcement today of funding to provide support and equipment for students to develop their digital skills.
Stable and secure housing is the primary platform for connection to economic and social community life, providing a base that enables people to overcome challenges and live a decent life. That's one of the key reasons SACOSS is advocating strongly in this space – particularly in relation to rental affordability. We are calling for a number of measures and, in particular, a significant investment in social housing.
OPINION PIECE: With the likelihood of climate disasters promising to increase, insurance becomes more expensive but more essential. Ross Womersley explores the issue.
MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Energy Regulator's (AER's) work on Better Bills for customers is likely to be helpful, but the real focus should be on its draft Consumer Vulnerability Strategy - which has real merits but probably still won't help protect remote SA communities from being forced onto prepayment requirements.
OPINION PIECE: Investing in housing helps not only the low-income and those in rental stress but creates jobs to build an appreciating asset, writes Greg Ogle.
MEDIA RELEASE: South Australia’s leading public health organisations have released a plan of five evidence-based priorities that if enacted by the next state government will lay the foundations for a healthier and happier population.
MEDIA RELEASE: SACOSS today released summary data on digital inclusion by regional area for South Australia, based on the recently-released 2021 Australian Digital Inclusion. The data shows that South Australia lags behind the national average for digital inclusion, and regional South Australia more so.
MEDIA RELEASE: SACOSS has urged Attorneys-General to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14, as reports suggest that while the age is being considered, the planned announcement will fall far short.
UPDATE: On 4 November, SACOSS hosted a forum to bring together a coalition of SA organisations who are supportive and working towards raising the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years in this state. Our advocacy on this critical area will continue over the coming months.
UPDATE: A new AIHW report shows 2,732 young people sentenced in the past 20 years, with First Nations young people overrepresented. Repeat detention rates – particularly for 10-13 year olds – highlight that detention does not act as a deterrant - while also being damaging.
MEDIA RELEASE: This week is Anti-Poverty Week – held each year to help raise important conversations about poverty in our state and beyond it, and what we can do better. Just last week, the renter survey report released by the Anti-Poverty Network of South Australia showed that, of the survey respondents, 1 in 4 people said they had less than $14 a day ($100 a week) left after paying their rent. Alarmingly, 77% said the cost of rent often impacted their ability to pay their bills on time, or eat well, that they sometimes had to skip meals, or avoided fresh food.
MEDIA RELEASE: New data from the 2021 Australian Digital Inclusion Index shows SA again has the second worst score of all states and territories, although our score improved from 63.0 to 69.0 in the last year to be just 2.1 points behind the national average (by comparison with the 4.5 point gap last year). SACOSS is advocating for more acton from teh State Government to make SA more digitally inclusive.