Plans to place the burden of budget repair on those who can least afford it were wrong morally and economically.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the Federal Parliament’s decision to change their plans to cut the energy supplement to welfare recipients.
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart said the Catholic Bishops are concerned about growing income inequality in Australia and its impacts on poor and disadvantaged communities.
“Cutting payments to the most vulnerable families and individuals in our community when their payments are already inadequate to meet their living costs, was a very concerning initiative,” Archbishop Hart said.
“Budget repair should be achieved without unfairly placing the burden on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society.
“Putting further financial strain on people already suffering from income stress will only cause harm to them, their children and the communities they are in. Continue reading →
Media Release from Catholic Health Australia, 19/10/11
By Martin Laverty and Gavin Abraham
Bipartisan support is emerging to improve access to aged care for older Australians living in poverty, according to the nation’s largest network of residential and community aged care providers.
As Anti-Poverty Week is marked across Australia, Catholic Health Australia (CHA) chief executive Martin Laverty said people often have an image of what poverty looks like. That image is rarely of people in retirement, but there are tens of thousands of older Australians who are struggling financially. Continue reading →
There are many Australians today who are living on the Newstart allowance, one of the lowest payments available to those who are currently out of work. The payment totals about $35 a day, which in a country like Australia makes it impossible to make ends meet.
One of the things I’ve always tried to do in my time as a Bishop is stay in contact with the real people. It’s through this connection that you get to hear their stories, their reality – good and bad. I’ve always had a heart for social justice ever since my early years as a priest, having been born in Cooma and growing up in Queanbeyan Continue reading →