We would like to reiterate the concerns around the establishment of a drug testing trial which we raised in our Submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017. While we were pleased that the drug testing trial was removed from that original Bill, we are disappointed that the initiative has been reintroduced under a separate Bill with little consideration of the feedback provided by ourselves and others in the community service and health sector.
The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly is the national council of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) and has determining responsibility within the Church for matters of doctrine, worship, Church government and discipline. We welcome this opportunity to contribute to the first review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission on behalf of the UCA.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute a submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers.
Our submission focusses both on the factors contributing towards unstable working conditions as we see them, both now and into the future, as well as specific issues concerning future employment trends in the social and community service sector, in which UnitingCare organisations operate.
UnitingCare Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide this submission to the Review of the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017.
We support the intention of the Bill to help provide transparency to the Government and to the Australian public concerning the forms and sources of foreign influence on Australia’s democratic process. However, as the Law Council of Australia has noted in its submissioni, the Bill as drafted may not only ‘unduly impact those that have no intention to disrupt Australian democracy and sovereignty’ but also lack ‘the ability to curb the types of influential behaviour that is of identifiable concern’.
UnitingCare Australia is pleased to provide this submission to the Inquiry. We note that the stated purpose of the Bill is to introduce new measures to improve transparency and accountability in relation to political donations, so that foreign or other hidden influences intended to subvert the democratic process can be identified and counteracted.
UnitingCare Australia has considered the discussion paper in light of the aims for a consumer driven, sustainable aged care system that are expressed in the Aged Care Sector Committee’s Aged Care Roadmap. Our key aim in this area is to ensure that older Australians are able to access the care services of their choice that best meet their needs, goals and aspirations and enhance their quality of life.