One of Australia’s largest not-for-profit community services providers, Uniting Vic.Tas is calling on all parties and candidates involved in the Federal Election on May 21 to help deliver a fairer, more equitable Australia.
Uniting Vic.Tas represents many of the most vulnerable groups in the community from people experiencing homelessness, family violence, poverty, mental health issues and alcohol and drug related harm.
“We’re hoping all parties and candidates think about how we can tackle some of the major inequities we’re facing right now,” Ms Pike said.
“Poverty is the most significant challenge facing Australia – there are millions of people who are struggling with the cost of living – paying the rent, bills and buying groceries.
“We’re proud to be part of the Raise the Rate campaign to increase the income support rate above the poverty line.
“With the rising cost of living, we also want to see more protections for our most vulnerable from predatory pay day lenders and new forms of credit which often send people into a debt spiral they can’t escape.
“We support Homelessness Australia’s drive to halve homelessness by 2032 and their call for 25,000 new social housing properties to be built across Australia each year.
“Family violence is a nationwide scourge, so the next Government must commit to properly funding the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children.
“We’re looking forward to hearing the plans of the parties and their candidates over the coming weeks and how they will address these issues.”
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