Anglicare Australia welcomes second Morrison government
Anglicare Australia 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.
“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.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release.
Government announces new cabinet
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has launched his new cabinet, which has seen some new faces emerge in the key portfolios for the Anglicare Australia Network.
Senator Anne Ruston has been appointed Minister for Families and Social Services. She will oversee an expanded Department in a portfolio that merges families with social services. We will work with her on critical issues such as financial counselling, emergency services, the low rate of Newstart, and support for young people among others.
Stuart Robert has been appointed Minister for NDIS. This is a new dedicated portfolio focused on the NDIS, and we will be watching closely to ensure it reflects a focus on fixing early problems with the Scheme.
Michael Sukkar has been reappointed Assistant Treasurer, as well as becoming Minister for Housing. He will be assisted by Luke Howarth, Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services. This is the first time in six years that the Government has had a Minister for Housing and a Minister for Homelessness. We will be making the case to both of them for action on the huge shortfall in social and affordable housing.
Richard Colbeck has been appointed Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and Minister for Youth and Sport. We will be working closely with him on issues facing the aged care sector, and on the implementation of the Royal Commission.
Ken Wyatt has been appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians, a landmark and historic appointment. Our Network is active in partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to deliver services and in the Family Matters campaign to reduce child removals. We will be working with Minister Wyatt on all of these issues.
Senator Michaelia Cash will become Minister for Employment, a portfolio she held earlier in the life of this Government. We are looking forward to working with Senator Cash again as the Government makes changes to the JobActive Network.
David Littleproud will become Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management. This will be a key relationship for our Network as we continue to help people rebuild their lives after extreme weather and natural disasters. We will also be engaging with the Minister on our work in helping rural and regional areas through financial counselling and emergency relief services.
There is also some continuity in the Ministry. Greg Hunt has been reappointed Minister for Health; Senator Zed Seselja has been reappointed as Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters; and Michelle Landry will continue to serve as Assistant Minister for Children and families.
Anglicare Australia has congratulated each of these Ministers, and sought to brief them on key issues facing our Network. We will be in touch with members about these briefings in the coming weeks and months.
Our usual CEO Forum was cancelled due to the timing of the election. However, we will be arranging meetings with the new Ministers and a small group of relevant CEOs, which will be hosted by Anglicare Australia Network members in the Ministers’ electorates. We will be in touch with CEOs as these arrangements are made.
Election wrap-up available for Anglicare Australia members
As part of its election wrap-up, Anglicare Australia pledged to continue working with the Government.
But with 151 new and returning members of parliament, we have also urged Anglicare Australia Network members get know their local MPs. Local MPs are the backbone of the major parties, and they are also the most sensitive to the issues that voters care about. We hope all of Network members will take the opportunity to meet with them about the issues that we took to the election campaign.
Anglicare Australia will continue to push our priorities nationally – these are the priorities we’ve emphasised in our open letters to the Government and Opposition, in our position statements, and in our media appearances. We will continue to work with the Government on each of these issues, and we will continue to support members to build relationships in Parliament.
The Anglicare Australia Election Tracker, which was updated throughout the campaign, remains available to help members get across the commitments made by the Government and Opposition during the campaign. Members of the new Senate crossbench have also released initiatives, and we have provided links to them in our wrap-up.
From all of us at Anglicare Australia, we thank you for your support of our election advocacy. We look forward to working with you all over the next term of Government.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s election wrap-up.
Anglicare Australia seeks commitments for quality, affordable aged care
Before the election was held, Anglicare Australia released open letters to the Federal Government and Opposition today seeking commitments for quality, affordable aged care.
Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said older Australians deserve to know what the next government proposes to do to improve aged care.
“The quality of the care we provide is a reflection of how we value older people. That’s why we sent these open letters to the Government and Opposition earlier in the campaign,” Ms Chambers said.
“We’re calling on the Federal Government and Opposition to commit to quality, affordable aged care for all older Australians,” Ms Chambers said.
The Opposition has issued a response to our open letter before election day, which we have published online.
Click here to read Anglicare Australia’s media release.
Opinion: What Australians think about poverty
The Australian National University’s Power to Persuade has published a two part piece from Anglicare Australia on the results of our most recent State of the Family report, The real story: What Australians think about poverty and how we shape the debate.
The report was a study of social attitudes that looked at how Australians see people experiencing poverty. It also reflects on what these attitudes mean for how we as advocates communicate and persuade. Our findings showed that attitudes are not fixed. They are shaped and reshaped through persuasion and debate. We also found that Australians are more sympathetic to those in poverty then even they realise.
The first piece explored two factors that shape the debate on poverty: our tightly targeted welfare system, and our perceptions of our fellow citizens.
The second piece looked at the role of language in shaping the consensus around poverty and welfare.
For more information about the 2018 State of the Family report, contact [email protected].
Register for Anglicare Australia’s 2019 Conference
It is with great pleasure that Anglicare Australia invites you to the 2019 Anglicare Australia National Conference, to be held at the Pan Pacific in Perth from 8–11 September 2019. Early bird registrations have now opened, and registrations are open online.
Our theme for 2019, Our Stories: The Power to Change, will capture our work and builds on our mission. As Anglicare Australia Network members, we work in hundreds of communities across Australia to build resilience, inclusion and justice. And as a Network, we are always sharing stories of change as we advance our mission.
Speakers will include:
- Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia and former Opposition Leader
- Jane Caro, commentator and author, who is set to appear in an IQ2 debate on ageism
- Dr Tracey Westerman, West Australian of the Year, who recently launched the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship at Curtin University
- Katie Stubley, Director of the Social Impact Festival and lecturer at the Centre of Social Impact
- Janet Anderson, Aged Care Quality Commissioner
- Archbishop Kay Goldworthy will preach at the conference’s opening service
- A panel will explore issues in philanthropy and social ventures
Delegates will be treated to concurrent sessions from experts from across the Anglicare network; outstanding keynote addresses; and networking opportunities throughout the three days. And as always, we will kick off on Sunday evening with an opening service on Sunday night.
Click here to register for the Anglicare Australia National Conference.
Call for Papers open for Anglicare Australia National Conference
Applications are invited for papers for the Anglicare Australia National Conference at the Pan Pacific, Perth.
Workshops and presentations are an important part of the conference, giving participants an opportunity for members of the Anglicare network to exchange information, showcase successes, promote your organisation’s agenda and make useful connections.
With a focus on the theme Our Stories: The Power to Change we welcome workshops and presentations in all service types from member organisations in areas such as:
- Cutting edge service design
- Client experience and co-production
- Communications strategies for advocacy and for service delivery
- Faith-based engagement
- Leadership, management and staff development
- Marketing / fundraising
- Organisational development
- Research, evaluation and outcomes measurement
More information on submitting an abstract is available online: events.anglicare.asn.au.
Papers should be submitted by no later than Friday 14 June 2019. To find out more, email [email protected].