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Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee: Inquiry into the Provisions of the NT Emergency Response

There has been insufficient time to consider and comment on the detail of the five Bills which make up this package of legislation. This submission directly addresses just four of the plethora of significant issues raised by those Bills.

Last updated: 9 August 2007

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Submission to the Australia 2020 Summit

First, social inclusion pays dividends in economic terms. This is so for reasons eloquently explained in the [ALP's] November 2007 social inclusion policy. Many of the pay-offs of social inclusion expenditure will emerge only in the longer term, such as those arising from early childhood initiatives commenced now. But social inclusion, like climate change, is an area where the costs of not acting are higher than the cost of acting.

Last updated: 9 April 2008

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Submission to the Australian Government on Australia's Future Tax System

On 13 May 2008 the Australian Government announced a review of Australia's taxation system. The purpose of the review, entitled Australia’s Future Tax System, is to analyse the current tax system and make recommendations to position Australia to deal with the demographic, social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century and enhance Australia's economic and social outcomes.

Last updated: 31 October 2008

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Submission to the Australian Government's Pension Review

The paper examines the history of the adequacy of Australia’s income support system, exposing the ad hoc nature of decisions and the absence of an enduring set of principles to guide decisions about adequacy. It paints a picture of a system historically inspired by short-term political considerations.

Last updated: 26 September 2008

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Submission to the Australian Government's Tax Forum 4-5 October 2011

CSSA supports the creation of a more streamlined income support system that eliminates the distinction between pensions and allowances and which ensures an adequate minimum standard of living.

Last updated: 1 October 2011

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Submission to the Commonwealth Government 2009-10 Pre-Budget Submission

To significantly improve opportunities for disadvantaged Australians, the Australian government will need to increase both the scale and scope of assistance. This means not only short term increases in funding to deal with the consequences of the global financial crisis but also long term investments in the capacity of the community sector.

Last updated: 30 January 2009

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Submission to the Future of Disability Employment Services in Australia

To improve the well-being of disadvantaged Australians in a cost effective way, disability employment services need to be integrated into a whole of government strategy for promoting social inclusion. With its narrow definitions of outcomes, the proposed performance management regime perpetuates the silo-oriented approach to service delivery that the government has pledged to overcome.

Last updated: 30 January 2009

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Submission to the Inquiry into “Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre.”

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) has been very concerned about the growing evidence and external reviews (such as the report recently released by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child1) which show a lack of care and respect for the basic human rights and dignity of people seeking asylum in Australia, who are being held in isolated offshore detention centres and away from public scrutiny. We are most particularly concerned on the impact on children of indefinite detention in offshore facilities.

Last updated: 21 October 2016

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Submission to the Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 (the Bill).

This is a joint submission from Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) and Catholic Health Australia (CHA). Our comments are made in association with the detailed submission of St Vincent’s Health Australia, the forefront hospital and health provider in the treatment of drug addiction, and a member of CHA. Both CSSA and CHA are strongly opposed to compulsory drug testing in trial sites (Schedule 12) and measures that target people with drug and alcohol addiction (Schedule 13 and 14). We also oppose the punitive measures proposed under the targeted compliance framework (Schedule 15).

Last updated: 4 August 2017

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Submission to the Inquiry into Transitional arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

More than half of CSSA's members deliver services to people with a disability, and are committed to continue building the capacity of individuals with a disability, their families and communities under the NDIS. This submission draws on the experience of the CSSA NDIS Network Group consisting of 19 member agencies located across Australia, who offer a vast range of services and have experience both in trial sites as well as more recently transitioning to the NDIS. CSSA and its members are strongly committed to the objectives of the NDIS, and have identified a number of issues which must be addressed to ensure the success of this reform.

Last updated: 24 August 2017