26 May 2022
The following may be used as direct quotes from Ms Adrienne Picone, CEO, TasCOSS
- For a government that is committed to leading with heart, and for all the talk on addressing cost of living pressures, there was nothing new in the budget which will have an impact on making the basics more affordable for Tasmanians on low incomes.
- Funding in this budget for the Tasmanian Government’s revised social housing pledge of 10,000 new dwellings by 2032 is proof the government is listening to the concerns of the community with housing affordability only getting worse. The challenge now is to deliver the homes as quickly as possible.
- We warmly welcome the increased focus on women and children’s safety, including progress towards a child safe framework in this state and Tasmania’s inaugural Gender Budget Impact Statement.
- It was disappointing to see the Government choose not to fund a family and sexual violence coordination mechanism, meaning Tasmania is the only jurisdiction in the country without one.
- We welcome the announcement of the significant investment into digital health services which will see a fully integrated care platform, connecting our community health care and hospital sectors, however we are concerned for the 65,000 Tasmanians that are digitally excluded and unable to get online.
- Tasmania is the most digitally disadvantaged state in Australia and one of the clear gaps in this budget were measures to close this digital divide.
- Without the necessary investment in digital literacy, telecommunications concessions and a Digital Consumer Reference Group to identify key issues and solutions, thousands of Tasmanians won’t have the same access to services as their more digital advantaged peers, and our state as a whole will continue to languish at the bottom of the national pile when it comes to digital access, skills and affordability.
- The next step must be to move beyond only announcing funding and counting the services delivered — we need to start building in accountability through targets and the measuring of progress against outcomes that improve the lives of all Tasmanians.
- We are looking forward to working with the government on their commitment to using a wellbeing framework to set goals, monitor and report on progress.
For more information or to arrange an interview with TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone:
- Lucinda Szczypior, 0438 280 486 or via email.