According to a statement issued on Friday, the Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (ACCER) filed written submissions to this year's Fair Pay Commission's Minimum Wage Review with substantial reference to the need for a family wage, saying the minimum wage must meet the needs of low paid workers and their families.
"When account is taken of taxation and transfer payments, that wage must be sufficient to enable a couple with two children to achieve an acceptable standard of living," the submissions said.
ACCER is seeking an increase of $27.00 per week to increase the Federal Minimum Wage to $538.86 per week for full time adult workers.
"We are encouraged by the work of the AFPC (Australian Fair Pay Commission) in the 2006 wage decision and your (AFPC) comments, ... the income support and family assistance safety net, and its continued improvement over recent years, allows people with family responsibilities to rely solely on a single wage to support their families," ACCER Councillor, Mr Brian Lawrence said in verbal submissions.
Mr Lawrence said that while it may not be possible to achieve an acceptable minimum wage in one year, the aim must be to achieve this over time.
Welfare overhaul to help Adelaide's homeless
In another story, the Advertiser reports that Msgr David Cappo has announced that Adelaide's welfare groups will undergo a "massive restructure" to better serve the homeless.
The Adelaide Social Inclusion commissioner, in a meeting with Adelaide City Council last week, said agencies needed to work more closely together and use their funding more efficiently.
He called for a more unified approach from government and non-government organisations; a major agreement from all welfare agencies on how they can do more to house the homeless; and a reassessment of how funding is used in the sector.
He will write to agencies to tell them about his plan. "This is going to mean changes for agencies. They're going to need to change the way they operate," Msgr Cappo said.
"Agencies are not working together. If we're going to move to the next stage, we have to have everyone signed up to a major agreement around how to work together."
Msgr Cappo said Adelaide had the chance to "be ahead of the rest" on homelessness issues. He called on all agencies to support the plan so millions of funding dollars could be used more effectively.
Catholic body calls for wage sufficient for low paid families (ACBC, 20/4/07)
Welfare overhaul to help homeless (The Advertiser, 23/4/07)
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23 Apr 2007