newsletter June 2006
Tasmanian Council of Social Service Inc. inside this issue State Budget del ive rs on elect ion p rom ises but housing needs rema i n by Luke Ma r t i n : 1
F rom t he CE O by Mat Rowel l :
State Budget delivers on election promises, but housing need remains.
Luke Martin, Social Policy Officer.
New Manager, Industry Development appointed.
Boycott case management? “Let the Government do its own dirty work” by M ichael Rape r :
Consumer Issues Report by Kat h McLean :
Homeless People Count!
The Privatisation of Community Care by Paul i ne Ma rsh :
Industry Development Report by David Owen : 12
Tasmanians on low incomes are set to receive additional assistance with a number of key social initiatives announced in the June 15 State Budget. This budget was the first since the March State Election and also the first from new Treasurer, Michael Aird. The big-spending budget delivered on promises made by the Labor Government in the lead-up to the state election and included several commitments made directly in response to recommendations made by TasCOSS and the community sector. Important social initiatives in the State Budget include: 1 Investment and a new focus on early intervention strategies to better target support for vulnerable Tasmanian families; 2 $9.2 million in additional funding for Children’s and Family Services; 3 A $20 million dental health package, including the abolition of the $25 co-payment for emergency dental treatments and funding for 48,000 additional
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dental treatments for low- income Tasmanians in the private dental service; Extending the Electricity Concession for Commonwealth Health Care Card Holders over the full year, providing an additional $90 per annum relief to the electricity costs of low-income households; Establishing the new Disability Bureau and the Office of Children and Youth Affairs within the Department of Premier and Cabinet; Further expansion of the Partnerships to Jobs Program and additional support for Project Hahn to provide training and employment opportunities for long-term unemployed; $6 million contribution to the new community housing initiative, the Affordable Housing Organisation; Funding for the first Social and Economic Impact Study into the impact of gambling