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Posted 13-02-2013
Increase in payments is 'affordable' and urgent to reduce poverty and unemployment in Australia

The Australian Council of Social Service says increasing low paying income support payments such as Newstart is affordable and urgently needed to stem the worrying trend of growing poverty and inequality in Australia, and significant barriers to employment.

Posted 21-11-2012
Why Poverty?

Why Poverty? uses film to encourage people to talk about poverty.

"We're not a campaigning organisation. We don't want money. We're not pushing for a single, specific solution to global poverty. We do want people to think about the issue and ask questions."

Posted 19-11-2012
Hardship remains at home

... a newborn, two siblings and their young parents are living in the car parked on the side of a Brisbane road. They had no money and had lost their rented accommodation because of the father's violent abuse. "They had exhausted all avenues. Hard to believe that's our city, isn't it?" says Karyn Walsh, co-ordinator of not-for-profit community organisation Micah Projects.

Posted 19-11-2012
Making the needs of the homeless a priority for health services

When the Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local decided to prioritise action on the social determinants of health, this led to an innovative partnership that has translated into much-needed services for homeless people.

Posted 15-11-2012
Power disconnections rise in the New Year as bills pile up

Karyn Walsh, co-ordinator at West End-based Micah Projects, said with the festive season came extra guests, sending power bills through the roof. ''We often find people without power after Christmas,'' she said.

Photo coutesy of The Courier Mail.

Posted 05-09-2012
Minister Flegg responds to Public Housing Petition

Minister for Housing and Public Works Dr Bruce Flegg responds to a petition expressing concern about recent public housing reforms in Queensland.

Posted 29-08-2012
New multi-million South Brisbane complex to house the homeless

The homeless have been given a helping hand with new multi-million digs opening at South Brisbane today. Common Ground, an innovative, supportive housing development at Hope St opened for business today.

Posted 23-08-2012
Premier Newman to apologise over forced adoptions

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will formally apologise to people affected by forced adoptions in the past. Mr Newman told Parliament he would make a statement of apology "to the many people affected by past forced adoptions".