Holden’s departure and SA’s increased unemployment figures led to calls last week to reduce payroll tax. Business leaders claimed that South Australians face the second harshest state taxes in the country and that this stops our state attracting investment. Maybe?
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Promises Shouldn't Affect Vital Services
A key question which will run right throughout the state election campaign is whether the state government – no matter which party - have enough money to provide the vital services that we all want and need: the schools, hospitals, roads, police as well as critical support for vulnerable members in our community.
Poverty is not just a state of mind
Poverty can very quickly find its way into our lives and the reasons may be way beyond our control. They may be, as the Holden example illustrates, simply because our economy is changing and the jobs that you are trained for disappear. But it could also be that sickness or injury or caring responsibilities mean you can't do the job you used to do or you simply can't do the only jobs that are available.
A weekly blog on a range of social justice issues from our Senior Policy Officer, who usually finds something to grumble about.
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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.