“Poverty is not inevitable. The role of government is to ensure each one of us has the opportunity to live a good life.”
Alongside Anglicare, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania, the NILS Network of Tasmania and the Hobart Community Legal Centre, we co-signed a letter on the issue that was sent to all 12 Tasmanian Senators and five Federal Tasmanian MPs.
When we actively participate in our democracy we show that we care about our communities and want to be heard.
‘’It is absolutely vital that policy makers put people at the centre of policy design. We must listen to experiences of people using jobactive services and design an employment services system that responds to the needs they identify,” ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said.
TasCOSS has compiled an Advocacy Kit to support you and your organisation advocate on behalf of low income Tasmanians coping with electricity costs. In addition to facts and statistics, the Kit contains the voices of Tasmanians talking about their experiences with paying energy costs and staying warm.
Regulation of the short-stay accommodation sector should be driven by the needs of Tasmanians, not of corporations, with particular focus on rental availability and affordability for low-income Tasmanians.
How do we break the cycle for our politicians? How do we empower them to celebrate big funding decisions into universal and preventive services with the same level of celebration as the big infrastructure spends or acute health bed increases?
“We want to see a government brave enough to invest outside of its election cycle.”
So when we ask the question “why wouldn’t we” – the only “why” is politics.
This debt alone means we are underinvesting in social housing by $15Million each year.