Submissions

Submissions

Submissions

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s Inquiry into the role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s Inquiry into the role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes.

UnitingCare Australia believes all people have the right to access a decent standard of living, including access to adequate, sustainable and affordable energy.

Energy is an essential service and with increased costs has become a financial burden on growing numbers of households and consumers in Australia. The UnitingCare network advocates strongly for appropriate energy regulation. Anecdotal evidence from our work with communities nationally indicates costs of utilities are one of the top three issues facing households.

UnitingCare Australia’s energy vision is that by 2030 energy in Australia will be plentiful, renewable and affordable for all citizens.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013.

UnitingCara Australia encourages the Inquiry to particularly consider the impact of the Bill on Australia’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft Terms of Reference for the Financial System Inquiry. Our submission recommends the adoption of a whole-of-system approach that sees Not-for-profit (NFP) social services providers as core participants and seeks to ensure Australia’s financial system specifically meets the needs of people on low or unreliable incomes.

Thank you for your invitation to make a submission to the work of the National Commission of Audit.

A review of the scope, efficiency and functions of the Commonwealth government is timely. Australia is a relatively prosperous nation and, despite the structural shift in the fiscal position, the Commonwealth government can afford to fund the things that matter. UnitingCare Australia is committed to being an active participant in the Commission of Audit process to assist in determining priorities.

UnitingCare Australia’s energy vision is that in coming decades energy in Australia will be sustainable, adequate and affordable for all.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, the Clean Energy (Income Tax Rates and Other Amendments) Bill 2013, the Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill, the Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Amendment (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, the True-up Shortfall Levy (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013, and the Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013.

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the public consideration process and to comment on the exposure draft of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill and explanatory memorandum.

UnitingCare Australia therefore supports moves to address the fairness and efficiency of the Australian taxation system in relation to the outcomes that we seek: a fair and just society in which no one is left behind and where children get a positive start in life as part of a generous society that respects the dignity of all people at all stages of life.

We strongly support the intent of the confidentiality guideline (which ensures that all stakeholders have access to as much information as is possible to enable sound regulatory decisions to be made for network regulatory determinations.)

INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS

Uniting Care Australia again commend the AER for their commitment to consumer engagement as demonstrated particularly through the Better Regulation Program. We also recognise the outstanding contribution that staff have made in assisting to unpack a number of quite complex issues. Certainly there is a mixture of art and science that is required to deal with the issues associated with expenditure incentive regulation.