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   ISSN (Print) 1326-7124
   Published by Australian Council of Social Service Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Submission to the annual wage review 2014
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      ACOSS has a long standing interest in minimum wages. We have made submissions on minimum wage fixation to industrial tribunals since the mid 1990s. ACOSS is an interested party with expertise in poverty, employment policy and income support policy, rather than an advocate for union or employer positions. We have not advocated specific wage increases in the past, and do not do so in this submission.

      PubDate: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:15:15 GMT
  • Back to basics: Simplifying Australia's family payments system to tackle
           child poverty
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      Child poverty is a measure of a country's fairness and an indication of how well the next generation will fare. But today one in six children (575,000) are living in poverty, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The recent annual report of the longitudinal study of households (HILDA) showed that child poverty in lone parent families has increased by 15% since 2001.

      PubDate: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:17:27 GMT
  • Three foundations for a secure retirement: Submission to the Government's
           retirement incomes review
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      In this submission, ACOSS sets out a range of recommendations for tax and related reform that specifically relate to the retirement income system, which is the focus of this stage of submissions to the Tax Discussion Process. In addition, ACOSS sets out proposals regarding health and aged care services, and housing systems, both key foundations to ensuring that everyone to live with dignity in later life.

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:21:46 GMT
  • Re-think, re-engage, re-design: Response to the Federal Government Tax
           Discussion Paper 2015
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      This submission proposes a pathway for securing broad consensus on tax reform in Australia. It identifies seven key challenges which require reform of the tax system. ACOSS proposes a set of high level goals for tax reform and a framework to achieve them. The submission scopes out potential packages for reform to achieve common goals, whilst avoiding detailed proposals at this stage. This is best way to begin an open and inclusive conversation about tax, rather than starting from a set of preferred solutions and working backwards to 'justify' them. The submission aims to build on important work already done, including the Henry Review, and ACOSS' more recent collaboration across sectors, including the business community. .

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:21:08 GMT
  • Fuel on the fire: Negative gearing, capital gains tax & housing
    • Abstract: Davidson, Peter; Evans, RoAustralian Council of Social Service.
      A vital goal for tax reform is to improve the affordability of housing. Australia has among the most expensive housing in the world. From 2002-12, average prices rose by 92% for houses and 40% for flats while average rents rose by 76% for houses and 92% for flats - well above the CPI.

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:20:55 GMT
  • Tax: Are we paying our fair share? The effects of the current tax mix
           on contributions to the tax system
    • Abstract: Davidson, Peter; Goldie, Cassandra; Evans, RoAustralian Council of Social Service.
      This Tax Talks Paper No 1, is the first in the ACOSS series addressing some of the key questions about the direction that tax reform should take. There are several important principles that should drive reform, one of which is the principle of equity or 'fairness'. Fairness or 'equity' should be a key measure against which any tax system is assessed. The Australian public has a keen sense of fairness, as demonstrated by the strong rejection of the recent Federal Budget, which failed the fairness test in a number of important respects. This paper focusses on fairness of our current personal income and consumption tax systems, which are two parts of the system which impact on the broadest segment of the Australian community. If we are to get consensus on reform, it is important that we have a sound understanding of how the tax system operates now.

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:20:38 GMT
  • ACOSS Reconciliation Action Plan: 2013 to 2016
    • Abstract: Australian Council of Social Service.
      The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has a national leadership role in developing and providing socially, economically and environmentally responsible public policy and action to achieve a fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia. Critical to achieve this vision is the need to act in ways to advance reconciliation and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ACOSS' commitment to reconciliation has been demonstrated over many years through mutually respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and people, joint campaigns and problem solving on complex issues, and a deep respect within ACOSS for the unique contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Australia and recognition of past and current injustices and disadvantage. ACOSS can advocate for and promote reconciliation within our membership, the health and community services sector, and the broader community by formally demonstrating reconciliation in our attitudes, structures, policies and peak body activities. We have the desire and capacity to turn good intentions into action.

      PubDate: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:20:31 GMT
  • Re-imagining Australian Society: Visions and Solutions; ACOSS 2005
           Congress Papers
    • Abstract: ACOSS Congress (2005 : Brisbane, Qld.)
      This publication comprises selected papers presented at the annual national ACOSS Congress held in Brisbane 10-11 November 2005.

      PubDate: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:06:14 GMT
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