UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that this year’s Federal Budget falls short of its own ambition to provide equality of opportunity for all Australians.
“The burden of this budget falls overwhelmingly on families, pensioners and young people.
“Cuts to family payments, income support and pensions are four times the size of the temporary levy on high income earners,” Lin said. “Many of these cuts are permanent, while the high income levy runs for only three years. Continue reading
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that next week’s Federal Budget should focus on investing in people and productivity to ensure the future prosperity of the nation.
“The Budget offers an opportunity to invest in our nation’s most valuable resource – its people,” said Lin.
“A strong focus on education and skills development, along with support for those transitioning from school to work, will ensure that Australia’s young people are able to find and keep decent jobs. Continue reading
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that yesterday’s Commission of Audit report set out a raft of recommendations that challenge the way we think about the role of government and our expectations of it.
“While the report contains more than enough recommendations for cutting, transferring, privatising and scaling back to concern most sectors of the community, the recommendations do not equate to government decisions, as the Finance Minister made clear yesterday,” Lin said. Continue reading
Strengthening the revenue base is a vital step in ensuring Australia has the capacity to fund the services and improved living standards the community wants and expects, UnitingCare National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said today.
“We are a fair and decent society. We can align economic growth, fiscal discipline and equitable public policy. We can operate above day-to-day politics and think strategically, for the common good,” Lin said. Continue reading
Seniors are urged to update their at-home emergency medical contacts – a simple action that could save lives.
Juniper, one of Western Australia’s leading providers of residential and home age care and an agency of the Uniting Church in WA, this week welcomed Morley Lions Club’s donation of Emergency Medical Information Books. Continue reading
The findings of a recent ANUpoll on public priorities for Government spending are welcome, and are particularly timely in the lead up to the May budget, UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says.
“Australians want to see increased Government spending on social services, the ANUpoll shows. And we’re prepared to put our money where our mouth is. People don’t want tax cuts at the expense of social services,” Lin said. Continue reading
Government, the community sector and business all have important roles to play in ensuring all Australians have the means and opportunity for a decent life, supported by a healthy economy, UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says. Continue reading
The Grattan Institute’s report, Shock to the system, released today reflects the growing level of concern expressed by their clients over the past decade about the impact of energy prices on household budgets, UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says. Continue reading