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Cover the Basics

We are lucky to live in a great state in a prosperous country. But despite the many strengths and assets of our state, too many South Australians are denied life's basics. That's something that needs to change. That's why SACOSS is launching our #CoverTheBasics campaign. You can visit the website here.

In politics,and during election times in particular - state or federal - everyone is ‘selling the dream’. A better, stronger state. A happy, resilient state. A state that bounces back, that grows and succeeds.

It’s great to dream big, but for many South Australians these aspirational visions are a far cry from their day-to-day reality. Big-dollar commitments to new developments, business enticements, or tax breaks, won’t make their lives notably better.

SACOSS' call is much more modest – and also much more fundamental.

We are simply asking that our governments and policy makers step up to ensure that people’s basic needs are met – whether that is at a national level, such as through raising the rate of income support, or through a range of state-level actions that will help reduce inequality, and make a genuine difference for people who are struggling. This call is ever more important as we grapple with the effects of the COVID pandemic.

We have identified a range of areas where key fundamentals are not being met, and have some key recommendations for action. We are urging all political parties and candidates to commit to these actions to ensure all South Australians’ basic needs are met – starting with the ones we have highlighted.

So, Government and politicians – cover the basics. And for those making policies, or judging policies, plans or visions for the future – check the basics.

Key areas highlighted by SACOSS are:

What can you do?

Want to know more? Keep an eye out for more material on our Get Involved page, and sign up for advocacy updates at the link below. Feedback? Drop us a line at advocacy@sacoss.org.au(link sends e-mail