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Let’s welcome and support rough sleepers instead of always wanting to move them ‘somewhere else’

9 May 2018

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

People who are homeless and sleeping rough have always gravitated to our inner cities and regional centres, often because that’s where services are that can help them. For safety some people will choose to sleep on well-lit footpaths and where there is a lot of foot traffic while others will seek the anonymity of a park or hide in a nook or cranny. Some will have swags and others may piece together strangely elaborate bedding arrangements. Not surprisingly after a day or two most of these people can start...

More forced removals an offensive kneejerk reaction: There are much better ways to help kids in danger

22 February 2018

By Ross Womersley, CEO of The South Australian Council of Social Service
 
In light of the heartbreaking alleged rape of a toddler in Tennant Creek the kneejerk reaction –including in a prominent column in The Advertiser today – has been to call for even more Aboriginal children to be removed from their parents. 
 

Laptops and internet are essential parts of education, yet not everyone can afford this technology

30 January 2018

As children across South Australia return to school, many low income families will be struggling with the costs involved – even in our "free" public schools. 

The ASG organisation, which is the largest provider of education scholarship plans in Australia, provides a handy education costs calculator and based on its own survey data. It estimates that getting back to school in Adelaide could cost on average $2,856 per primary school child per year and $4,865 for a secondary school student in public schools. It is obviously a lot more in faith-based and private...

Parties must relieve pressure on SA's struggling renters

9 January 2018

With South Australian renters continuing to grapple with high utility costs, a good move would be to reverse a legislative change which hit tenants with water supply charges, writes Ross Womersley, CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service

Cost of living issues are front and centre in the lead-up to the March state election. 

Yesterday the Government began sending out letters to 169,000 South Australian households inviting them to take up a deal they have negotiated with Origin Energy offering an 18% discount on supply and usage, plus no exit fee.

We...

Rejecting 'tough on crime'? That's political bravery!

4 October 2017

Ross Womersley, SACOSS CEORoss Womersley - CEO, SACOSS

If not a bank levy, then what?

29 June 2017

The big banks are lobbying against the State Government’s major bank levy, three crossbenchers (the Australian Conservatives, and John Darley) say they’ll oppose it, and the State Liberals are considering their position. But it is vital that all South Australians understand what is at stake.

2017-18 State Budget - SACOSS Opinion

23 June 2017

Ross WomersleyRoss Womersley, CEO

SACOSS has mixed feelings towards this year’s State Budget which comes against a backdrop of sustained high unemployment and underemployment, and significant economic challenges, particularly in some of our regional areas.

Victorian Tax Reform Leaves SA Behind

3 April 2017

While much of the political focus in South Australia lately has been on energy issues, the state tax reforms announced recently by the Victorian government show that South Australia needs another round of tax reform.

SA needs a gaming tax to stop online bookmakers channelling profits through offshore tax havens

13 September 2016

By Greg Ogle, SACOSS Acting CEO

WITH the AFL footy finals well under way, we are hoping that this will be the last final series where online bookmakers can take bets from South Australian punters and channel them through virtual gambling tax havens, thus avoiding paying gambling taxes in this state. 

Time to focus on root causes of widespread child abuse

10 August 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to Justice Margaret Nyland and her team for their terrific examination of some of the uglier parts of our community. Her report should be required reading for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of human services, and the protection of vulnerable children.

But today I am left contemplating why we always seem to wait for something horrific...