Media Releases

This year's Budget seeks to repair some of the political damage from last year.

"Worthwhile measures include investing in vulnerable children, continued commitment to the NDIS, tightening means testing for the age pension, and the groundwork for further aged care reform," said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

When next week’s Federal Budget is delivered, UnitingCare Australia will be looking for programs and policies that invest in people, to advance Australia’s resilience and productivity.

“UnitingCare Australia welcomes competition if it improves quality and leads to increased choice, control and diversity for people using community services,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, in response to the final report of the Competition Policy Review.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the Government’s review of taxation in Australia and recognises the opportunity it provides to strengthen public accounts while asking fundamental questions about our priorities as a nation.

“Today’s release of the Intergenerational Report (IGR) provides an opportunity for us to think about the policy decisions we face. It should focus us on ensuring all Australians can participate and contribute,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

“The forecasts in the report don’t tell us the future, but they do give us a sense of the significant demographic shifts that are likely to occur. The IGR provides an opportunity for us to make plans now, to ensure we have a reliable safety net and can provide opportunities for people in the future.”

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the ALP’s announcement today of policy to ensure that companies operating in multiple countries pay appropriate tax in Australia.

“It is well known that some large companies invest significant effort in minimising the tax they pay, including through the use of tax havens. This is unfair to the majority of Australians, who miss out on government funded services because of these arrangements”, said National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Lin Hatfield Dodds.

UnitingCare Australia is encouraged by this morning’s news regarding the yet to be released final report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform. “Australia needs a simpler, fairer and more adequate welfare system. If news reports this morning are accurate, the McClure recommendations may offer a way forward to achieve that,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

“We particularly welcome attention being given to the adequacy of payments people receive.”

“UnitingCare Australia shares the Government’s desire to see more people assisted into the workforce, but we also caution that a realistic understanding of the challenges facing the most vulnerable Australians is required,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, in response to Minister Morrison’s speech at the National Press Club today.

“For many people welfare can and should function as a short term safety net, helping them through a difficult period of life before they move back into engagement with the workforce,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

“Many Australians are paying significantly more than people in other parts of the world in electricity network charges,” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

UnitingCare Australia is today releasing a report it commissioned from an Independent consultant, Carbon and Energy Markets, which examines what consumers are being charged for the supply of their electricity and makes comparisons between regions of Australia and some international energy markets.

The Government's announcement of $54.4 million in funding that will go over four years to a new initiative to support people with severe symptoms of dementia in residential care facilities is very good news," said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.

"Our agencies provide the largest share of aged care in the country and we are consistently hearing that the challenges of caring for people with dementia are growing. Additional support to assist residential care providers in meeting this challenge is most welcome."