Justice, Opportunity and Shared Wealth for all South Australians

You are here


Welcome to the SACOSS blog.

The need to be online is blowing a hole in budgets of the poor: Better infrastructure and income support needed

15 October 2018

This week is both Anti-Poverty Week and Get Online Week in Australia, so it’s a good time to ask how anyone can get by spending just $12 a week on telecommunications. 

There’s no doubt telecommunications are essential in an age where government services, businesses, employment and education are all online, and much of our contact with friends and family rely on social media and digital communications. Recent SACOSS research shows that the average SA household spends $46 on telecommunications each week, equivalent to 3.2% of their disposable income. That was more...

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

4 October 2017

Ross Womersley - CEO, SACOSS

With an election in the air, neither of the major parties wants to be in a position where the public can accuse them of being soft on crime. This is why the Opposition must be congratulated for having the courage to oppose the State Government’s tough new Bill for repeat offenders.

The Government’s response to a series of high-profile and tragic accidents caused by repeat young offenders was to seek harsher punishments and to treat children and young people as adults.

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 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...

We're not even having the correct tax debate

9 February 2016

Tax reform is the big political story, but are we really having the tax debate we were promised? 
Last year the tax reform process was gutted by then Prime Minister Abbott and Treasurer Hockey ruling out almost every change proposed. When Malcolm Turnbull was appointed Prime Minister we were told that all options were again on the table. 

What is the Tax Debate About?

8 December 2015

With the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting this week to debate tax reform, it is timely to step back and ask why we need tax reform.  Is it to raise more revenue to pay for public infrastructure and community services? Is to provide tax cuts to businesses or individuals? Or is it to change the tax mix – either from taxes on income to taxes on consumption, or from so-called inefficient taxes to efficient taxes?

Firies and the ESL

15 January 2015

Like all South Australians, I am inspired by and congratulate the CFS volunteers who worked so hard and well to control the fires which have torn through the Adelaide Hills and other parts of our state. I am also encouraged by the willingness of so many other community members to put themselves forward to give their time to help, to make donations of food and clothing, and to give money to assist in short and long term recovery efforts.