ABOUT FACE extension deadline!

About FACE 2012 applications extended to 14 October. More young people are required to join in this worthwhile event. You are encouraged to invite your youth and young adults to participate.  If you’re interested in living alongside Aboriginal communities connected to Congress, visit http://aboutface.org.au for more details.

Tax Reform: What Price Dignity?

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds, said today most Australians would be surprised to learn the tax system provides more support and concessions to high income households than to Australians living below the poverty line.

In a discussion paper – What Price Dignity –released today, retirement incomes are examined as one example of the inequities which plague the tax system.  Continue reading

Commonwealth offers vision of flourishing democracy

It’s not often that an isolated city like Perth gets to play host to a major international event, so when it does happen, it’s a very big deal. This year’s Commonwealth Heads of  Government Meeting (CHOGM) has even seen the Queen’s Birthday public holiday moved from the first Monday in October to the last Friday.

For people in WA, it means a variety of things: excitement, inconvenience, or perhaps a chance to see the Queen. But will it make a difference? Continue reading

The Pursuit of Happiness

Governments all over the world are starting to look beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to discover the true wealth of their nations. The Australian National Development Index  (ANDI) project was a resolution of the 2020 Summit in 2008. The project aims to develop a wellbeing index for Australia that will sit beside the GDP to determine Australia’s health. Continue reading