Sector News

Here you’ll find the latest news relevant to the Financial Counselling sector and other related items.

15 June 2017

Financial Counselling Australia Congratulates CEO Fiona Guthrie, Order of Australia Honour.

A quote attributed to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu says “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”  This quote is apt to describe Fiona Guthrie’s role in the consumer movement over 25 years.

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5 June 2017

Welfare Rights Centre SA Defunded

As most of you would have heard, the Welfare Rights Centre SA was advised on Friday 26 May late afternoon that we will be defunded, along with 2 regional community legal centres. This means that, unless we hear otherwise, the Welfare Rights Centre SA will be closing its doors on 30 June 2017.

The Welfare Rights Centre has been providing free legal advice and representative to clients facing Centrelink issues for over 30 years. We are the only community legal centre that specialises in this area. We also run the Housing Legal Clinic which provides pro-bono legal advice to homeless, at risk of homelessness and low income earners at various homelessness day centres and emergency assistances centres throughout Adelaide. We have Duty Solicitor programs that assist clients at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as well as outreach programs which travel to regional areas and the APY Lands.

We have 4 weeks to convince the State Government that the decision to defund the Welfare Rights Centre SA is wrong.

If you would like to show your support for the Welfare Rights Centre SA, please sign the petition on the link below:

https://www.change.org/p/jay-weatherill-stop-the-closure-of-welfare-rights-centre-sa?recruiter=30175996&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

You can also contact your local and Federal Members of Parliament to express your support.

Please forward this link onto others in your organisation or anyone else that may wish to support us.

Thank you for all your help throughout the years.

Kind regards,

Stephany Del Canto

Case Worker

Welfare Rights Centre (SA) Inc
Level 5
97 Pirie Street
Adelaide, 5000  South Australia

Postal: P O Box 3609
Rundle Mall  SA  5000

Ph: 08 8223 1338
Fax: 08 8232 5835
Email: Stephany-D@wrcsa.org.au

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19 May 2017

It’s time for a mature and apolitical welfare debate

Source: by John Hewson

Discussions of our welfare system are riddled with inaccuracies and “fake news”, ranging from stereotypes to claims about certain initiatives and commitments being “fully funded”.

You can always tell when a budget is on the horizon, as the media saturates with references to dole bludgers and various other welfare “cheats”, teenage pregnancies, “fake family structures”, “double dipping” and so on, all eliciting threats of yet another welfare crackdown. Many, if not most, of these claims tend to ignore the available evidence.

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3 May 2017

What welfare blow-out?

The Australian Council of Social Service today is calling for an end to media attacks on people who are unemployed, releasing a short Social Security Snapshot dispelling the myth that we have a ‘welfare blowout’ and that people unemployed are the cause of it.

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13 April 2017

Productivity Commission says it’s time to invest in consumer advocacy and research

Australia’s peak consumer body, the Consumers’ Federation of Australia, today welcomed a finding from the Productivity Commission to plug the funding gaps in consumer research and advocacy.

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7 April 2017

Australia’s household debt crisis is worse than ever as bills pile up and wages flatline

It’s incredibly cliched, I know, but in Australia right now, it’s true: the rich are getting richer, and the poor — well, you know the rest.

We’re talking credit card debt, and mortgage repayments. But those bills are becoming harder and harder to meet as the price of gas and electricity rises, and wages continue to grow at a snail’s pace.

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4 April 2017

Empowering Low-Income Households through Electricity Decarbonisation

Rising energy prices hurt people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. As does climate change. At the moment Australia is failing to address either. Change is urgently needed.

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29 March 2017

Radio Rentals facing class action over ‘Rent, Try, $1 Buy’ scheme

Retail giant Radio Rentals is facing a class action on behalf of thousands of customers who have allegedly been ripped off while leasing household goods.

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27 February 2017

Free basic computer skills tutorials!

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For FREE basic computing skills tutorials click on the web-link above!

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21 February 2017

Banking Code compliance monitor welcomes review of its work

The Code Compliance Monitoring Committee (CCMC) has welcomed the findings of a review of its work monitoring compliance with the Code of Banking Practice.

Thirteen banking groups – covering 95% of the Australian retail banking market – subscribe to the voluntary Code, which sets standards of good practice in the banking industry. The CCMC is the Code’s independent monitoring body.

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