Anglicare Australia congratulates second Morrison government
Anglicare Australia has congratulated the Coalition and Prime Minister Morrison on regaining government.
Executive Director Kasy Chambers said that Anglicare Australia will continue to work with the Government for a fairer country.
“The Government, and the country, face major challenges. Hundreds of thousands of Australians are struggling to find an affordable home. Those who are out of work or underemployed are struggling to make ends meet. And many older Australians are retiring into poverty.
“That’s why three quarters of Australians polled before the election said they want action on wages, welfare, and climate change over tax cuts. We owe it to them to take action.
“Climate change will have the worst impact on the poorest in our community. But climate action also offers opportunities to create a fairer country. We will continue to call on the Government to develop a serious climate strategy.
“Newstart has been frozen at dangerously low levels for 25 years. This election campaign has shown that there is unprecedented support to raise the rate. We will continue to push to increase these payments – and reform them so that they keep pace with the cost of living.
“We need action on the huge shortfall in social and affordable housing. Our recent Rental Affordability Snapshot has shown the depth of this crisis. We must stop Australia from becoming a country where only the very wealthy can avoid housing stress.
“And it’s becoming more and more clear that we need action on aged care. We welcomed the Government’s decision to call a Royal Commission. Now we hope to work with them to clear the home care waiting list, tackle workforce challenges, and build a sustainable funding model for the sector.
“We know what we need to do to make Australia fairer – invest in affordable housing, raise Newstart, take action on climate change, and ensure a dignified life for older people.
“We look forward to working with Prime Minister Morrison and the Government on each of these fronts,” Ms Chambers said.