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SACOSS welcomes boost to jobs and revenue - but says no attention to digital inclusion, early intervention and vulnerable people

22 June 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service says today’s State Budget with its focus on jobs and revenue is welcome but we are disappointed there is no attention on opportunities for growth through the digital economy, no real initiatives directed to helping low income households, nor any funding for prevention activities in health and child protection. 

The Gov can’t win with any Budget Strategy!

18 June 2017

The State Government is between a rock and a hard place with this week’s Budget, according to a SACOSS report released today. The South Australian Council of Social Service has warned that the public is yet to come to grips with the revenue problems facing our state. 

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Time for a reality check? Budget bottom lines can’t meet community expectations

21 May 2017

Next month’s State Budget will struggle to meet community expectations with a survey released today by the South Australian Council of Social Service showing that most South Australians want a boost to public spending, particularly on health, education and community services. At the same time the public wants lower state taxes, and with a forecast decline in real terms in the coming years in Government revenue and expenditure, there is no way this can add up.

Alliance urges Upper House to reject flawed & inadequate Child Safety Bill

16 May 2017

An alliance of child advocates including SACOSS, the AMA (SA) and the Law Society, is disappointed that the Government continues to ignore their expert advice and now urges the members of the Upper House to halt progress of the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill unless remedied.

Regional SA on wrong side of digital divide

18 April 2017

Regions need to be the focus of state digital inclusion strategy

The South Australian Council of Social Service is today highlighting the needs of regional and remote communities in SA in its call for a state strategy to overcome digital disadvantage

New Survey Finds Surprising Support for Inheritance Taxes and Gambling Tax Reform

11 April 2017

Results of a new survey released today should give fresh impetus to reform of state taxes according to the South Australian Council of Social Service. SACOSS commissioned independent pollsters, Mint Research, to survey 1,000 South Australians on their attitudes and understandings of state taxes, and on their views of a number of specific reform proposals. The results are contained in the SACOSS report, Unfinished Business: Two Years on from South Australia’s Tax Review released today.

SACOSS welcomes SA government's plan on energy security

14 March 2017

SACOSS welcomes the state government’s long-awaited energy plan announced today.  The six point plan appears to be a comprehensive intervention to build on our strengths and fill some of the gaps that have led to the issues of security and reliability of our supply.  

SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley says, “The biggest challenge for the state government is to intervene in a way which drives competition in the market and leaves the doors wide open to the advantages we all anticipate will come from rapid enhancements in renewables and storage technologies.”

Minister dodges any responsibility to address early intervention and prevention

16 February 2017

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) says that the child safety Bill introduced to the Parliament in a rush misses the mark and will do little to stem the tide of children and young people who are entering our child protection system.  

Fix the rules, build storage and halt the repeated energy crises

9 February 2017

SACOSS is today calling for an urgent new contingency rule and a package of other measures to address energy instability across SA. 

Productivity Commission must take affordability seriously in telecommunications inquiry

8 February 2017

Key telecommunication consumer and social welfare groups today called on the Productivity Commission to consider more fully affordability issues in the Inquiry on the Telecommunications...

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