This week in review - 4 May 2017

Mark Henley

Member survey
Next week you will receive our annual member survey.  This is one tool we use to measure how we are going and how we could better meet your needs as members of QCOSS. I urge you to complete it and give us your views.  It is a quick survey that will take you only a few minutes.  Of course if you do ever have any feedback about the work we are doing I would love to hear it.  Please always feel free to pick up the phone and give me a call or drop me an email to markhenley@qcoss.org.au.  

Centrelink Senate Inquiry
QCOSS will be giving evidence at the Senate Inquiry into the Centrelink debt collection process later in May.  If you are interested in giving evidence either from a personal point of view or representing some of your clients I urge you to do so.  In our meeting with Senator Murray Watt who is on the committee he supported our interest to have people tell their stories of the process.  I understand that there is much uncertainty in the community about repercussions from giving evidence.  There are numerous ways that people can give evidence confidentially and we have been told from others who have been involved in the hearings in other states that this hearing process is very understanding of the issues and supportive of participants.  More information here.

Representation to government
Government processes are certainly happening all the time.  Just in the last few weeks we have been present at the Ministerial Housing Committee hosted by the Department of Housing and Public Works,  Community Infrastructure Reference Group, Early Action Reference Group Roundtable with the Queensland Mental Health Commission, and Transport and Main Roads Stakeholder Consultative Committee hosted by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.  Representing the interests of people who are experiencing poverty and disadvantage is core to the work of QCOSS and we continue to influence the conversations. If you have a particular issue you would like me to raise or think may be of importance, please let me know. 

ACOSS Media Release: What 'Welfare Blow-out'? 
Yesterday an ACOSS media release called on the federal government to stop the constant attacks of people who are unemployed.  The request of the government is to also look to implement genuine initiatives that lift people out of poverty.  This should be a priority of the government.  For people relying on Newstart, seeking employment is much tougher when you have to struggle with housing costs such as energy and water, and then add transport, health, clothing and food.  You can read the ACOSS Media Release and their Social Security Snapshot Overview here.  

 

Mark Henley
Chief Executive Officer

4 May 2017