Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond

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What is the ACOSS National Conference?

The ACOSS National Conference is the annual meeting place for the community sector to come together to discuss the policy and practice needed to tackle poverty and inequality and build an inclusive society in Australia.

Every year since 1960 ACOSS has hosted a conference for the sector, creating a unique opportunity for key stakeholders across the social policy, service provision and welfare community to build a strong vision for the future of the community sector and social justice.

2014 ACOSS National Conference

In 2014 the conference theme was Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond. With the G20 at our doorstep, the Conference program shone a light on the problem of growing inequality and solutions addressing the inequality challenge.

Hundreds of delegates joined ACOSS in Brisbane in June for the 2014 National Conference and the opportunity to discuss potential local solutions to the global challenge of growing inequality.

ACOSS National Conference Resolution on the Federal Budget

Participants of the 2014 ACOSS National Conference call on the Australian Parliament to ensure that Australia moves to become a fair and inclusive society, in which all people can participate economically, and be included in the community.

We call on the Australian Government to work with us in designing policy that is sustainable, inclusive and fair. The Government and the Parliament should abandon the following divisive and unfair proposed budget measures that severely impact the most vulnerable people in our community:

  • Removal of the income support safety net for many young job seekers;
  • Measures that erode the value of income support for people at risk of poverty;
  • Reductions in family tax benefits for low and moderate income earners;
  • Increases in user charges for essential health services, including GP payments, medicines and tests;
  • Withdrawal of federal funding to essential social services; and
  • Silencing of advocacy organisations working to ensure that the voices of disadvantaged and marginalised groups are heard.



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