News Archive (2015)
We’ve become so used to the stereotype of the older homeless man that it’s far too easy to forget that homelessness is a defining experience for young people as well.
Recent news reports about Catherine Haven, a Salvation Army refuge for women escaping family violence in Broken Hill NSW, have focussed on new payment and debt practices...
The latest Victorian Auditor General report on The Additional School Costs for Families reveals some surprising gaps in Departmental understanding.
The 2015-16 State Budget Submission calls the Victorian Government to focus on people who are falling through the gaps of our social safety nets.
I feel like Australia is heading in the direction of the United States and I can’t understand why. What is attractive about this?
The Salvation Army supports the new Victorian Government's proposal, as a further step towards the eradication of employment discrimination across the state.
This short film shares some of the stories of consumers and carers who are missing out in the current NDIS trial. Right now this is affecting people in the Barwon region, but during the next government term it will roll out more widely to affect the whole state.
The National Council of Churches has just published a resource on the impact of gambling in Australia entitled ‘Is nothing sacred?’ An answer to this question may have unexpectedly come in the news that pokies venues have offered to run childcare services in exchange for tax breaks on gambling profits. If our children can be seen as a commodity to be traded in order to avoid paying tax, then perhaps nothing is really sacred anymore?
Over the past decade, rates of imprisonment in Victoria have risen by 21.5% with almost half of this occurring in the past two years. As a result of these increases, the last two State Budgets have set aside more than $800M to increase the capacity of our prisons. Given that our current system already costs around $100,000 per prisoner every year, the extra 2,500 beds on the way are going to make substantial impacts on future Victorian Budgets.
Since the 1980s, inequality has been steadily growing in Australia. We’re currently in the top third for inequality out of the 34 OECD countries. The wealthiest 20% of Australian households have more than 60% of the country’s wealth, while the bottom 20% of households share in only 1% of our wealth. For the most part, because we tend to live in communities that reflect social class, the gap between the top and the bottom isn’t something that is often experienced firsthand.
We asked the leading Victorian political parties to consider a range of issues, in light of their own policies, and respond to some key questions. Our questions and the responses from each party can be found on these pages...