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Mission Australia submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill

 Mission Australia submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill

This submission reiterates Mission Australia's opposition to the proposed drug testing trial. Ensuring treatment is available when sought would be a much more effective approach to supporting people on their journey to recovery than penalising them through the social security system. 

Submission on Welfare Reform Bill

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This submission expresses concerns about proposed welfare changes that will make it more difficult for people to access payments and will also tighten compliance arrangements which could push people who are already struggling into further poverty. Further, the proposed legislation puts unwarranted pressure on people struggling with addiction by introducing drug testing trials and limiting mutual obligation exemptions, despite the lack of treatment availability and absence of evidence that such a punitive approach will assist people to recover or to gain employment.

Financial wellbeing and capability activity

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Mission Australia is a Financial Crisis and Emergency and Food Relief service provider in WA, NT and NSW which forms an integral part of the suite of supports provided to the most vulnerable people in Australia. We welcome the opportunity to provide feedback to the Department of Social Services on the Financial Wellbeing and Capacity (FWC) framework. This submission highlights the importance of these vital services.

Submission on Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform Bill

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Our submission opposes proposed legislative changes that would result in the most vulnerable Australians bearing the brunt of budget savings measures. This includes opposition to the proposals for a four week wait for young people to access unemployment payments; an increase in Newstart eligibility age to 25; the cessation of the Energy Supplement for new income support recipients; reductions in Family Tax Benefit payments to disadvantaged families; and restrictions to Government Paid Parental Leave.

Mission Australia senate submission on child care bill - January 2016

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Mission Australia welcomes the additional investment in quality Early Childhood Education and Care to support workforce participation, however we are concerned that some vulnerable families and children may be worse off.

Mission Australia submission to the McClure Review

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Mission Australia responds to the McClure Review by calling on welfare reform to deliver adequate payments and evidence based policy solutions.

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