Joint statement - the crisis in Centrelink and Medicare

Joint Media Release - the crisis in Centrelink and Medicare

An alliance of welfare and community groups has formed to campaign to make the crisis in Centrelink and Medicare a Federal Election issue.

The alliance includes national and local organisations including ACOSS, Per Capita, Wayside Chapel, the Exodus Foundation, Homelessness NSW, the Father Bob Foundation, Fair Go for Pensioners, Unions NSW and the CPSU.

Morrison’s push to privatise Medicare

The Coalition is privatising Medicare by stealth, expanding labour hire across the Department of Human Services.

At the last election, under immense community pressure, Malcolm Turnbull said of Medicare...

 “It will never be sold. Every element of Medicare services that is being delivered by the government today, will be delivered by government in the future. Full stop. That is a fact.”

Prime Minister Morrison is now in breach of that promise.

Community Campaigners take a Stand Against Extinction at Parliament House

Community Campaigners take a Stand Against Extinction at Parliament House

Union members joined environmental activists and community members on the lawns of Parliament House to Stand Against Extinction for National Threatened Species day on 7 September.

We need to ensure our political leaders are supporting the public service to look after our endangered species-- like the precious Northern Hopping Mouse and the beautiful Orange-Bellied Parrot! 

Ask your MP to stand against the privatisation of visa services

The Turnbull Government are pushing ahead with their plan of selling off our visa services to be run for profit by their corporate mates. Literally, their mates. Turnbull’s former employee and friend Scott Briggs and his company Pacific Blue are in the running for the contract.  

Our visa services are vital to our community; they reunite families, give people a chance at education, bring brain surgeons here. Visa services should be fair, accessible and thorough, run by highly trained, accountable public servants committed to the national interest.

Protect our ABC

The ABC cannot survive another term of the Turnbull Government, that was made clear in the 2018 Federal Budget. 

The Turnbull Government has continued its attacks on the ABC with the announcement that it will cut 83 million dollars from the ABC’s budget and subject the ABC to another so-called ‘efficiency review’.

These announcements come on top of the $254M budget cut in 2014 and in addition to the 2014 efficiency review which was a blueprint for many of the internal cuts to ABC staffing and programs made by the ABC since then.

Couple these with the Government’s proposed changes to ABC editorial standards, a competitive neutrality inquiry and the continuous stream of Ministerial abuse hurled at the ABC and its workers by the likes of Peter Dutton and even the Prime Minister himself.

For the ABC to survive, we must push back against these cuts and stand with ABC workers to protect our national broadcaster.

We need your help to ensure that public awareness of what Malcolm Turnbull has done to the ABC continues loud and strong, well beyond the current news cycle and all the way to the next federal election - when it counts most.

We have some big ideas on how we will achieve this, but we need your help. If enough of us chip in a few dollars, we will be able to run a powerful campaign to get the message out and gain community support to protect our national broadcaster and support ABC staff.

Australia need's an ABC that is editorially independent and funded to operate freely of commercial interest.

This campaign will be our opportunity to show the Turnbull government that Australia will not stand by and let these cuts continue.

Click here to donate and be a part of something big! 


Centrelink wait times continue to grow

Centrelink wait times have jumped again this year to 15 minutes and 44 seconds

Consultant Spending Called into Question

MPs have called into question the use of external consultants by federal government departments amid a cost blowout.


Turnbull to privatise immigration call centre

The Turnbull Government has announced that Datacom will be contracted to run the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) call centre.