Wednesday 19 October 2016
The Federal government has initiated much discussion on welfare reform and the economic impact of employment opportunities. Government initiatives providing both an adequate social safety net and economic development are welcomed, but more is needed. Current levels of community disadvantage require significant government action across a range of fields.More
Wednesday 21 September 2016
I write to advise that Carolyn Kelshaw has chosen not to renew her contract for another term when it finishes in February 2017. The Baptist Care Australia Board will commence recruitment to select a new Executive Director to take the strategy forward, following the fantastic establishment phase that Carolyn has overseen for the past three years.More
Saturday 31 December 2016
Tax reform is a key issue for addressing the revenue side of the social welfare funding equation in Australia.
We can only create a just society if, as a community and as a nation, we make adequate provision for the poor, the marginalised and those unable to adequately provide for themselves. And as a nation we can only provide for those most in need if we structure our tax system to raise revenue fairly and sustainably – and if we create a national consensus that accepts that the system is fair and sustainable.More
Tuesday 15 November 2016
Refugee resettlement a welcome breakthrough
The Australian Government’s announcement that asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island will be allowed to leave their present inhumane confinement and resettle in the Unites States is a welcome breakthrough, national faith-based organisation Baptist Care Australia and A Just Cause said following the Government’s announcement.More
Wednesday 10 August 2016
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
10th August 2016
Nauru child abuse: “the government knew and did nothing”
The Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce says the Nauru files released today corroborate previous allegations submitted to the government and the Moss Review as far back as 2014.
Misha Coleman, Executive Director of the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce:
“The files released today corroborate the allegations made in letters from detainees which were smuggled out of the Nauru camp and given to the Taskforce in 2014. Read More:More
Thursday 30 June 2016
Baptist Care Australia says funding cuts jeopardise our ageing population
National faith-based organisation Baptist Care Australia says the Federal Budget cuts risk destabilising the aged care sector. After the election these cuts must be reversed.
The May 2016 budget slashed aged care funding by $1.2 billion. They risk destabilising the aged care sector as it transitions through major reforms to shift government funding from providers to consumers, so they can control their own care.
Without sound transition funding which does not currently exist, experienced aged care leaders warn the financial impact of the funding cuts to providers will undermine the viability of the sector, particularly those who care for those with the most complex needs.
Aged care providers need funding stability and predictability to effectively plan.More