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- 6 June, 2023
Interest-free loans program to aid families fighting cost-of-living pressures
The Sydney Archdiocese is championing the Sisters of Saint Joseph’s interest-free loan program, which aims to help ease cost-of-living pressures for Australians.
Bishops call for urgent action to address cost-of-living pressures
Financial pressures on low- and middle-income families have made responding to the cost of living one of the country’s most important and urgent policy issues, Australia’s bishops told the Senate Select Committee on the Cost of Living. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Catholic Church backs 7.2 per cent minimum wage increase
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has told the Fair Work Commission a 7.2 per cent increase in the minimum wage is needed to protect workers at risk of poverty – and analysis shows it is affordable.
Cost of living pushes working families to access food relief
The surging cost of living is not only driving record demand for food relief, it has led to a significant shift in the demographics of those seeking help. Source: The Australian.
Burke hints at minimum wage rise in line with inflation
Australia’s lowest-paid workers could soon be in line for a pay rise as the Albanese Government indicates it will back a push for the minimum wage to increase in line with inflation. Source: News.com.au.
Vinnies urges Government to lift income support payments
St Vincent de Paul Society national president Claire Victory said the latest interest rate increase was another setback for Australians struggling to survive the cost-of-living crisis.
Albanese Government’s $10b housing fund to target homelessness
The Federal Government will invest $10 billion in a housing future fund, set to be the single biggest investment in social and affordable housing in a decade. Source: The Australian.
Families falling short, even with Commonwealth rental assistance
A national coalition of welfare organisations has called on the Albanese Government to increase rent assistance payments by at least 50 per cent as more Australians seek financial assistance to pay for housing. Source: ABC News.
Senate inquiry to probe cost of living, ‘the number one issue’ for Australians
Supermarket giants, energy producers and other major industries will front an inquiry into Australia’s cost-of-living crisis amid calls for the Albanese Government to do more to assist struggling households and business. Source: The Daily Telegraph.