The 2021 State Election sees Tasmania poised at a pivotal juncture, a time when our economic and social recovery from COVID-19 hinges on decisive actions from our government. TasCOSS challenges the next political leaders of Tasmania to recognise and address the needs of Tasmanians in shaping this future.
Emergency food relief needs to be seen as part of the broader food system. In some ways, the need for emergency food relief in communities is a sign of failures in that system. Transitioning away from emergency food relief in Tasmania requires attention to and resourcing of building a food system that ensures all Tasmanians have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) Final Report makes a wide range of recommendations that could help ensure thousands of Tasmanians have the support and opportunities they need to live a good life after COVID-19.
Yesterday’s decision by the Morrison Government to pass the JobSeeker bill without amendment and return 30,000 of our fellow Tasmanians to life below the poverty line at the end of March was both callous and short-sighted, writes Adrienne Picone.
The proposed Bail Bill 2021 represents an alarming departure from the human rights-based and long-standing legal principle that bail should be granted as the default, with only limited circumstances justifying refusal. If enacted, it will disproportionately affect people who are already in vulnerable circumstances and will place yet more pressure on a criminal justice system that is already under strain.
Our vision and recommendations for Tasmania’s statewide health care system focus on digital inclusion as an enabler of telehealth and other remote health care delivery systems, and the growing need to engage in meaningful consumer and community consultation to inform current and ongoing performance and reforms.
TasCOSS welcomes the clear commitment to Tasmania’s renewable energy future laid out in the framework. We support the aspiration to partner with communities to ensure mutual benefits for all stakeholders concerned with and impacted by the actions under the framework, and for all Tasmanians more broadly.
TasCOSS believes that the proposed new rate of JobSeeker and related payments will, just like the former Newstart payment, trap people in poverty and make it more difficult for them to engage in education, training and employment.
As we prepare to mark International Women’s Day on Monday and off the back of what was a very challenging year, it is important to pause, reflect and recognise the long-standing contributions of women working in our industry, who through their work have improved the lives of Tasmanians.
Congratulations to Jami Bladel and Sarai Lawson who were recognised as inspirational and aspiring leaders in our industry at the International Women’s Day awards virtual event on Thursday 4 March 2021.