||Issue No. 310||09 June 2006|
I'm No Economist, But �.
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
The Locker Room
Greens Are Good For You
Calling All Micks!
Coming Up Swinging
Mining For Gold
Blood Spangled Banner
Never To Be Repeated Offer
PM Slap for Battered Women
Over 80,000 vulnerable Australians could lose services because of Canberra's refusal to match state funding for award pay increases in the community sector.
Services facing the axe include supported accommodation services (refuges) for women, children and families; home and community services, such as meals on wheels, neighbour aid, community transport and home help; and legal services for low-income earners.
Refuges play a vital role in helping women facing domestic violence, while home and community services are a lifeline for many older and disabled people.
The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) says almost 7000 front line community service organisations in NSW face closure unless the Federal Government follows the NSW Government's lead and jointly funds wage increases for staff.
"The decision by the NSW government to fund wage increases for community services staff will help to keep the doors open of the 7000 non government organisations delivering vital human services across this state," says NCOSS Director, Mr Gary Moore. "However, the commonwealth government has so far refused to spend an extra cent on meeting the Award. This leaves joint funded programs still under threat.
"While Mr Costello sits on a budget surplus of $10.8 billion, community organisations that provide help to people with disability will be struggling to meet legal obligations to their workers.
"Homeless services, women's refuges and free legal services all face the same fate."
NCOSS costs the shortfall for home and community care services at $3.5 million per year for a program that has a total budget of $450 million.
The Australian Services Union has backed NCOSS, slamming Costello's priorities.
"Costello is happy to fund huge superannuation payouts and tax cuts for high income earners but he wont give front line services the money they need to help the frail elderly," says ASU Secretary Sally McManus.
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