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Another Royal Commission - but into what?

25 July 2014

Our news has been dominated in the last few days with yet another case of alleged horrible abuse of children in our care system — a system that should ensure very vulnerable kids get real protection from further harm, and then real help to recover from the traumas they’ve experienced.

The trouble is that achieving this is never as simple as it sounds.

Federal Budget 2014 - The March in May

18 May 2014

In such a rich nation, where the great majority of us do so well, SACOSS does not accept for a second that there is a place for poverty, a place for injustice, or a place for arguments that suggest we can’t afford to share our wealth.

Sadly as we have already heard repeatedly and as my colleague and the CEO of ACOSS, Dr Cassandra Goldie observed shortly after the budget…”The real pain of this budget - crushing and permanent - will be felt by people on low incomes, young people, single parents, those with...

Taxes and the SA Election

5 March 2014

The SA Council of Social Service (SACOSS) has just released a report, Taxes and the South Australian Election, which sets out the extent of the challenge of restoring state revenues to be able to fund vital services. SA is not a high tax state, and economic growth may not deliver a sustainable revenue base, so there are clear challenges for all political parties contesting the 2014 state election.

Overhauling the Tax System

17 January 2014

Professor Richard Blandy’s proposal to remove stamp duty and replace it with a land-value tax, similar to or on top of council rates, seems doomed (City North Messenger, January 15), but we still need to overhaul our state tax system.

Payroll Tax

17 December 2013

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? 

Promises Shouldn't Affect Vital Services

31 October 2013

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

16 October 2013

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.

Greg' Grumbles

21 September 2013

Greg's Grumbles A weekly blog on a range of social justice issues from our Senior Policy Officer, who usually finds something to grumble about.

Opinion: "The last footy finals rip-off?"

Greg Ogle: South Australian needs a gaming tax to stop online bookmakers channelling profits through offshore tax havens