The federal and state governments can take important steps to reduce the cost of energy for struggling Tasmanian households, writes Adrienne Picone.
TasCOSS welcomes the development of a National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children (2022-32). While TasCOSS and our members support various aspects of the Plan, in particular the principles underpinning it, we believe there are further priorities for action.
The Premier has announced a raft of Tasmanian Government departmental changes which will impact community service organisations funded through the Department of Communities Tasmania.
TasCOSS is looking for a talented project officer to manage the FindHelpTAS website — the largest and most up-to-date online directory of community services in Tasmania — and pursue opportunities for improvement.
TasCOSS believe additional support and resources are needed for organisations providing frontline training and education to raise awareness of issues relating to consent and violence against women. We believe ongoing funding for the continuation and expansion of these programs will be crucial to the success of any legislative reform in this area.
TasCOSS is calling for a Future Gas Strategy that phases out fossil gas and supports households in the transition to electrification that leaves nobody behind. This means ending new gas connections, improving household energy efficiency and tackling the barriers to renewable energy-powered homes faced by renters and Tasmanians on low incomes.
TasCOSS have put in a funding bid for $834,000 over five years to establish a family/sexual violence policy development and sector coordination mechanism for Tasmania.
TasCOSS has proposed the creation of a Digital Consumer Reference Group to represent digital consumers and support the Tasmanian Government to deliver on its plan for digital inclusion.
TasCOSS strongly opposes both the Religious Discrimination Bill and the proposed changes to the Marriage Act and urges the Committee to reject them. Regarding the Bill, we do not believe any amendments could produce an acceptable piece of legislation and urge the Committee to recommend the Australian Government draft a conventional discrimination bill that simply adds the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of religious affiliation, belief and practice to an existing federal discrimination law, without allowing discrimination in the name of religion.
With the Tasmanian border open, information on the COVID-19 case and outbreak management (for business and organisations) has been made available with further resources, including outbreak management plan templates, accessible via the Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. The updated and simplified COVID-19 safety plan template from WorkSafe Tasmania has also been released, which will help in updating business continuity plans.