Anglicare Australia has also committed to a number of sector campaigns:
Vote Home: let's end the housing crisis by 2025
The Vote Home campaign has gained significant support and momentum throughout the election campaign. The campaign, organised by a national alliance of housing, homelessness and welfare peak bodies, calls for all parties to commit to a national strategy to end the housing crisis by 2025.
Throughout the election campaign, Vote Home has been launching online petitions on matters relating to the housing crisis. There are now petitions on: addressing homelessness, the need for safe, affordable housing options for women escaping violence, reforming negative gearing and capital gains tax, improving rental affordability, increasing the supply of affordable housing and ending youth homelessness.
The Vote Home movement has already got over 30,000 supporters. Sign here, if you haven’t already, to show your support.
Australians Deserve to Age Well
Older Australians have sent messages to their local candidates asking how they plan to ensure older people get the aged care they need, when they need it. Supporters of the Age Well campaign have called on the major parties to commit to timetables for giving people the right to choose where their residential care funding will be allocated and uncapping supply and ending the arbitrary and unfair aged care ratios.
National Council of the Ageing has also released a position statement for the 2016 Federal Election, Enhancing the quality of life of older people through better support and care.
Family Matters - kids safe in culture, not in care is Australia's national campaign to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture. Family Matters is seeking a commitment from all major parties and independents, in the lead up to this year’s federal election, to:
- Reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care
- Develop and resource, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, a comprehensive strategy to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- Develop and implement new targets at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) level, to refocus all governments’ efforts to redress the shocking over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care.
This month, the Family Matters Alliance joined with a number of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations to launch a statement to demand social justice for Australia’s First Peoples. The Redfern Statement calls on all political parties to commit to tackling the persistent inequality and disadvantage facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as an election priority. The statement calls on the next Federal Government to:
Restore the $534m cut from the Indigenous Affairs Portfolio by the 2014 Budget
Commit to better and ongoing engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through their representative national peaks
- Recommit to Closing the Gap by setting targets to reduce rates of family violence, incarceration and out-of-home care and increase access to disability support services;
- and secure national funding agreements to drive the implementation of national strategies
- Commit to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to establish a Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the future
- Commit to address the unfinished business of reconciliation
This is the first time national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations have put this kind of united call to an incoming government, demonstrating how important it is that the messages are heard. The representative bodies involved in developing the statement include: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO), National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS), Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), The Healing Foundation, and The National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF).
Youth on the Agenda
The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition has been running a campaign to put youth affairs on the election agenda. Young people arguably are facing the worst impacts of issues such as insecure work, housing unaffordability and growing inequality. Economists warn that young people today are the first generation in modern history who are likely to have lower living standards than their parents. Yet so far there has been a concerning lack of focus on these issues in the election campaign. The Youth on the Agenda campaign is calling for the next government of Australia to commit to:
- appointing a Minister for Youth to engage with young people through a national youth strategy
- supporting a national voice for young people, like the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition
- guaranteeing ongoing funding for National Youth Week funding to celebrate all young people’s contributions to our country.
This week the campaign launched a statement from a broad group of civil society leaders and thinkers that calls on all parties to commit to supporting a national youth peak body. A peak body is necessary to represent young Australians to government, provide youth informed policy advice, and support policy makers to consult and engage with young people.