This week in review - 2 November 2017

Mark Henley

Queensland Election -  25 November 2017

The election has now been called and Queensland will go to the polls on Saturday 25 November 2017.

We are calling on an incoming government to be:

  • a government that leads with vision
  • a government that listens
  • a government that works together. 

Our full election statement is on our website along with some advocacy resources to help you when talking to candidates in your local area.

We are always keen to discuss advocacy with our members so please feel free to give us a call.

We have also been working with a number of peak organisations in Queensland and will be putting out a statement about how government and the sector should be working together into the future.  We will release this next week.

Forum on Social Enterprise with Belinda Bell

We were very excited to host Belinda Bell this week and hear her speak about social enterprise, the situations where it can work and times when it is not the best solution.  We will have that session available for you to watch shortly on StudioQ.  If you haven’t had a look at StudioQ for a while I urge you to take a moment to view the variety of useful resources available there.  As well as hearing from Belinda we heard from some of the social enterprises in Queensland and how they are contributing positively to a number of Queensland communities.

Two Key Issues Highlighted

Last week we issued two media releases.  One complimented the Affordable Energy Plan the previous government released.  There were aspects of the Plan that will assist low-income households.  You can read the release here.

We also called on the Australian Government to not use the welfare of people experiencing homelessness as a bargaining tool in negotiations with state governments.  Recent legislative amendments to support funding for housing and homelessness had conditions attached.  While in many cases Queensland would be able to meet those conditions I felt it was important to stand up for the principle – it is not OK to put the wellbeing of people experiencing vulnerability at greater risk for political gain.  You can read that release here.

QCOSS AGM

It is AGM time again and I urge you to join us on Wednesday 29 November to hear Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow speak.  Ed will discuss how the community services sector may be able to enhance its engagement in important public topics that arise from time to time.  It is important that where opportunities arise, we provide a stronger voice alongside those who experience exclusion.  Ed leads the Commission’s work on modern slavery, detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); as well as marriage equality and other human rights issues affecting LGBTI people. Ed also has primary responsibility for the Commission’s work on freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of association.  Ed’s prior role was CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. 

This week we have also released our 2017 Annual Report.  If you missed the email you can read it here.

Mark Henley
Chief Executive Officer

2 November 2017