TasCOSS’s latest Policy Conversation: Rethinking the Use of ‘Vulnerable’ had a great turnout with representatives from more than 40 organisations present to witness a rich discussion on the value and challenges of the term ‘vulnerable’ and its use in the community services industry. Special thanks to Dr Catherine Robinson (Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action Research Centre) — our wonderful guest speaker — for her time, expertise and passion.
TasCOSS has had a long involvement in advocating for children and young people living in difficult circumstances in Tasmania. The draft framework is a good starting point for our collective response to the needs of unaccompanied homeless children in Tasmania, but it currently lacks clarity in some respects and needs further articulation.
In preparing this submission, TasCOSS consulted with organisations with frontline and policy expertise in the child safety system and children’s welfare. The submission addresses seven systemic themes that are or will in future impact on the adequacy and appropriateness of the State Government’s response to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.
TasCOSS welcomes the introduction of a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) and the potential it provides for social benefit beyond the environmental benefits of recycling.
Effective unit pricing is a consumer protection measure that is vital to the many thousands of Tasmanians who have low numeracy and/or literacy and live in poverty or on inadequate incomes.
With the end of June fast approaching, it is a timely reminder to households that electricity disconnections can recommence as a further tranche of COVID-19 protections are removed.
With winter upon us, the significance of a safe, warm and stable home to lay your head at night really hits home, writes TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone.
TasCOSS commissioned a report to compare Tasmania’s residential electricity prices with those elsewhere on the mainland. This report and previous research confirm that investing in household energy efficiency will improve energy affordability and reduce power bills for Tasmanians.
While all Australians are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, the impacts of climate change are and will be felt inequitably and will drive social inequality in the future. Mitigating future climate change and adaptation to ongoing climate changes are therefore social justice issues, particularly for young Tasmanians.
Poker machines are designed to be addictive and are recognised as a potentially dangerous product. Figures show Tasmanians lose around $500,000 to poker machines each and every day.