Congratulations to Sue Leitch and Amanda French who were recognised as inspirational and aspiring leaders in our industry at the International Women’s Day awards luncheon on Friday 6 March 2020.
The announcement that the Federal Government will move to waive all Robodebts was a significant advocacy win for TasCOSS, the COSS Network and many other allies and supporters across the industry.
By their very nature, Tasmanians are supportive of those in need and the state benefits from a robust community services sector. But the coming months will be a challenging time for all, writes Simone Zell.
Every day we hear stories of the health system failing — bed block, overcrowded emergency departments and problems with culture and relationships between the bureaucracy and clinicians. What we don’t see on the front page are long-term outcomes of the gathering failure of our healthcare system — long-term outcomes like the median age of death in our most disadvantaged neighbourhood being 66, compared to 84 in the most advantaged neighbourhood.
Our definition of economic success should be inclusive growth that benefits all Tasmanians, not just growth that assumes growth alone will achieve a better life for all. As we consistently measure up well in the national rankings economically, now is the time to turn our focus to how we ensure the growth is sustainable beyond the traditional cycles we have previously seen.
Kym Goodes says reducing entrenched, generational poverty requires leadership.
The Federal Government’s agreement to waive Tasmania’s historical housing debt shows what can happen when Tasmanian voices unite on an issue that matters to our State. Shelter Tasmania, TasCOSS and our industry have fought long and hard to achieve this outcome for over a decade. Your strong and fearless voices and refusal to let the issue go have yielded a positive result for all Tasmanians.