Anglicare Australia looks forward to working with the Australian government in this next term, including the new ministers announced yesterday by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Anglicare Australia’s election priorities - informed by its service provision and advocacy agenda - were affordable and secure housing, secure work, adequate income and appropriate tax reform.
‘These will remain our priorities in our work with the Government’, Anglicare Australia’s Acting Executive Director Roland Manderson said today.
‘We look forward to working with the newly-appointed Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja as well as continuing our relationship with the Social Services Minister Christian Porter.
‘Senator Seselja has noted that shifting Australians off welfare and into work will be one of his priorities. Anglicare Australia agrees that secure work can have a life-changing value: particularly for people living on low incomes or experiencing disadvantage. Secure work gives people the capacity to invest in their lives and make significant contributions to their communities.
‘We have however long argued that a short-term focus on simply pushing people off welfare – without paying attention to their circumstances – can be counter-productive. The barriers to employment – including discrimination, social exclusion and ill health - are where, as a society, we need to make progress. Anglicare Australia hopes to work with Minister Seselja in creating real opportunities for people who need them.
‘Anglicare Australia is also keen to continue its work with Minister Porter in addressing the critical shortage of affordable housing and to lend its support to the government’s important superannuation fairness measures.’
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