TasCOSS Members and the Looming State Election

Kym Goodes, CEO 

We’re expecting the State Election to be officially called soon, potentially making it an early March 2018 election day and giving TasCOSS and its Members five or six  weeks to cap off our ongoing advocacy on issues we will want in front of the next Tasmanian Government.

Our Members have confirmed for us our role in this environment is:

  • to provide support, expertise and advice on issues advocacy
  • to create opportunities to enhance our Members’ understanding of where the various candidates stand on relevant issues,
  • and to advocate for leadership and real improvements for the lives of Tasmanians.

Many of you have already spoken with us about how we can support your efforts to highlight your key issues to the political parties and candidates. If you haven’t please get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can join forces wherever possible.

Following on from partnerships forged in the 2017/18 State Budget process, we are also continuing to work across sectors and peak bodies to maximise the influence of the community service sector and integrate with the work of other bodies with similar and complementary aims and objectives. Our major work in this area and a series of forums providing Member access to party leaders and candidates will be shared with you soon and we look forward to seeing you take the chance to ask the questions that matter most to you.

TasCOSS also continues our work towards our collective Vision of One Tasmania free of poverty and inequality where everyone has the same opportunity. We strive to highlight the potential for this more equal Tasmania to political representatives by encouraging and supporting them to listen to Tasmanians across our State and trust that they know the sort of Tasmania they want to build for future generations.

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