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Proposals for reducing poverty in Australia in the next three years: a submission to the incoming Federal Government. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: [Fitzroy, Vic.] Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 1980Description: 10 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Cover titleAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Pension reform for all : submission to the Pension Review of measures to strengthen the financial security of seniors, carers and people with a disability / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Naughtin, Gerrry.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: iv, 12 p. : ill. PDF.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission to the Pension Review .Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: There are strong grounds for the provision of immediate assistance to Australian pensioners. However, immediate assistance will not address the broader structural reforms required to achieve lasting benefits. Adequate pension reform requires comprehensive review of the taxation and income transfers systems, a task being undertaken by the Henry Review. The Pension Review should ensure additional support for people experiencing significant hardship until the recommendations of the broader review have been implemented. Substantial changes of the pension base prior to the completion of a system-wide review would be premature and unwise. Therefore, short-term assistance should be framed within the existing architecture of the annual adjustment system, bonuses and supplementary payments schemes. Adjustments to the aged, carer and disability pensions over the next three years should be through the mechanisms of the bonus system, increased rent assistance and utility allowances rather adjustment to the pension base. This submission sets out some broader issues that the Brotherhood considers must be examined by the Henry Review. A fair and sustainable solution will require additional public expenditure, as well as review of the regressive nature of many current taxation, concession and benefit arrangements. Australia needs a more integrated and equitable incomes and benefit transfers and taxation system for the twenty-first century. The Henry Review provides the vehicle for recommending such a comprehensive framework. The terms of the Pension Review and recent public debate about the adequacy of pensions have focused on pensions for older Australians, carers and people with a disability. While there is strong community and political support for additional assistance for these groups, there is no justification for excluding other income support recipients. Fairness requires that the aged, carers and people with a disability should not be advantaged at the expense of other groups Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).

Pension review : background paper. /

by Harmer, Jeff | Australia. Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2008Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.facs.gov.au/seniors/pension_review/pension_review_paper.pdf' Checked: 2/03/2009 9:56:34 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response Retirement & ageingAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A national energy efficiency program to assist low-income households. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Ecos Corporation | KPMG.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. KPMG 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: KPMG were engaged by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and in conjunction with Ecos Corporation conducted a study into the possible impacts of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) on low-income households. This report outlines the range of options available to the Government for providing assistance. We welcome the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to addressing the problem of climate change, its acknowledgement of the difficulties facing low-income households and its commitment to engage with the community through the Green Paper. This report puts forward a roadmap for the Government to meet its commitment made in the Green Paper to assist low-income households. Our roadmap demonstrates the difficulties which will confront low-income households but more importantly provides a detailed plan of action to close the gap in the expected extra costs of energy bills resulting from the CPRS. The program outlined in this paper ensures that money will be spent in a way that most effectively meets the aims of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to provide assistance to low-income households. A cornerstone of our implementation plan is an unprecedented program of targeted home visits, aimed at harnessing the full potential of energy efficiency measures. Home visits achieve this by matching energy efficiency measures to the characteristics of the house, as well as taking into account demographic, geographic and climatic issues.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
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Measuring poverty and social exclusion in Australia : a proposed multidimensional framework for identifying socio-economic disadvantage /

by Scutella, Rosanna | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied conomic and Social Research | Wilkins, Roger | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2009 Bibliography : p. 39-41Summary: "We propose a framework for measuring social exclusion in Australia and discuss a number of issues that need to be resolved in order to arrive at valid and useful indicators or measures. To do this we first provide a general overview of international developments in the measurement of poverty and social disadvantage, examine the meaning of the concept of social exclusion and summarise the various approaches taken by international and Australian studies to measuring social exclusion and identifying the socially excluded. We then outline our proposed framework for the measurement of social exclusion in Australia, identifying and discussing some of the issues that arise in moving from this framework to actual measures, including discussing the limitations imposed by the data currently available in Australia." -- PublicationAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Tackling climate change, reducing poverty : the first report of the Roundtable on Climate Change and Poverty in the UK. /

by Johnson, Victoria | Simms, Andrew | Cochrane, Clare.

Publisher: London, U.K. New Economics Foundation 2008Description: PDF.Notes: Bibliography: p. 40Summary: "This report represents the coming together of leading environmental and social justice organisations in the UK. For too long now, groups tackling poverty and protecting the environment have operated separately. The fact that climate change and poverty are connected, and must be tackled together, has not been sufficiently understood."Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Green taxes and charges : reducing their impact on low-income households. /

by Ekins, Paul | Dresner, Simon.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Policy Studies Institute 2004Description: HTML.Notes: Bibliography: p. 51-53Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Insufficient funds : savings, assets, credit, and banking among low-income households /

by Blank, Rebecca M. (Ed.) | Barr, Michael S.

Publisher: New York, NY Russell Sage Foundation 2009Description: x, 326 p. ; 25 cm.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Progress Loans : towards affordable credit for low-income Australians /

by Vawser, Stuart | ANZ Banking Group | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2009Description: 20 p. : ill.Other title: Vawser Progress Loans towards affordable credit for low income Australians 2009.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This report reviews the Progress Loans program, developed by ANZ and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, which provides small personal loans of Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Customer protections and smart meters : background paper /

by Johnston, May Mauseth.

Publisher: Deakin, A.C.T. St Vincent de Paul Society 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The purpose of this Background Paper for the 'Consumer Protections in Light of Smart Meters' project is to provide readers with an overview of the National Costbenefit Study and smart meter related consumer issues, as raised in the associated consultation processes.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A little idea...with big results : Saver Plus

by ANZ Banking Group.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : ANZ Bank, 2008Description: 18 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Publication promoting the 'Saver Plus' scheme.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Energy and equity : preparing households for climate change : efficiency, equity, immediacy /

by Australian Conservation Foundation.

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Australian Conservation Foundation 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australian social inclusion board's compendium of social inclusion indicators : how's Australia faring? /

by Faulkner, Patricia | Australian Social Inclusion Board | Vinson, Tony.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Social Inclusion Board 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2009Summary: The Australian Social Inclusion Board's Compendium of Social Inclusion Indicators contributes first steps towards comprehensive performance measurement and evaluation of social inclusion in Australia. It has been developed by the Board to generate discussion and debate on the question of how to measure disadvantage and social exclusion. It includes indicators developed in the EU and supplementary Australian measures, to draw a picture of how people are doing on issues such as income, access to the job market, social supports and networks, effects of the local neighbourhood, access to services and health.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A minimum income standard for Northern Ireland /

by Smith, Noel | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Phung, Viet-Hai | Davis, Abigail | Hirsch, Donald.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2009Summary: The first Minimum Income Standard for Britain was launched in 2008 and represents an important new benchmark for economic well-being. This study asks if this standard is applicable for Northern Ireland and whether it is possible to have a 'UK-wide MIS'.The study: is based on what members of the public think people need for a minimum, socially-acceptable standard of living; compares standards for Great Britain and Northern Ireland for selected household types; and examines how prices compare and whether what people need differs between the two places.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

One year on from the crisis : economic and social policy challenges for Australia /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Rudd, Kevin.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Office of the Prime Minister 2009Description: 19 p. PDF.Other title: Sambell Oration address to the Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: 15 October 2009 Summary: The Commonwealth government had just one clear goal: to do everything we could to cushion our economy from the full impact of a global economic cyclone by saving and supporting the jobs of working families around Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The Brotherhood's social barometer : living the second fifty years

by Kimberley, Helen | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Simons, Bonnie.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2009 Summary: The fourth Social Barometer examines the extent of disadvantage among older Australians through indicators of people's capabilities covering eight key dimensions of life, including employment, income, health, housing, safety and social participation. The barometer concentrates on national data, and draws attention to the different experiences of retirement and ageing and the different phases of the life course which require distinctive policy responses.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

From the margins to the mainstream : the challenges for microfinance in Australia

by Burkett, Ingrid | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sheehan, Genevieve.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: vi, 58 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2009 Summary: This report of research undertaken by the Brotherhood and Community Foresters Finance draws on the literature and stakeholder consultation to explore microfinance in Australia, highlighting the need to achieve sustainability, scale up successful pilot programs and measure impact on financial exclusion. The recommendations point to next steps to meet these challenges.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Devolution's impact on low-income people and places /

by McCormick, Jim | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Harrop, Anne.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2010 Round-upSummary: This Round-up considers the impact devolution has had for lowincome people and places to date. Reports commissioned by JRF explored broad trends in social and economic disadvantage as well as policy developments in four areas which could make a significant difference to people affected by poverty: housing and homelessness; employment; neighbourhood regeneration; and long-term care for older people.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Smart meters, smart justice? : Energy, Poverty and the Smart Meter Rollout /

by McGann, Michael | University of Melbourne. Social Justice Initiative | Moss, Jeremy.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Melbourne University 2010Description: 90 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: This project was funded by the Consumer Advocacy Panel (www.advocacypanel.com.au) as part of its grants process for consumer advocacy projects and research proposals for the benefit of consumers of electricity and natural gas.Summary: Because of the perceived advantages of smart meters in contributing to network load management and allowing for time-of-use related pricing, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided, in April 2007, to commit to a national mandated rollout of smart meters in jurisdictions where the potential benefits of the introduction of smart meters were estimated to outweigh costs. A key reason behind this decision was the recognised need to curtail the growth of peak period demand for electricity in order to avoid additional investment in costly generation and transmission infrastructure. ; The rollout of smart meters and the introduction of time-of-use pricing will radically reshape the way in which electricity is priced and sold in Australia and could potentially have major ramifications for the ongoing ability of low-income households to afford the electricity that they need to meet essential needs.Availability: (1)

Risks from Climate Change to Indigenous Communities in the Tropical North of Australia /

by Green, Donna (ed.) | Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency | Jackson, Sue (ed.) | Morrison, Joe (ed.).

Publisher: Barton, A.C.T. Australia. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 178-184 A scoping study for the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Western Australian Department of the Environment and Conservation and the Northern Territory Department of Natural ResourcesSummary: This scoping study presents an assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on Indigenous settlements and communities across tropical northern Australia, including the Torres Strait Islands and the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The study region is home to about 87,000 Indigenous people, around a quarter of the total population of 355,000. The region includes 665 settlements varying from less than 50, to 3,500 people. Approximately 50 per cent of this Indigenous population lives within 20 kilometres of the coast or on offshore islands. Indigenous people in northern Australia face many existing challenges. These include: remoteness, poor health, inadequate infrastructure, lack of educational and employment opportunities, and low incomes. Climate change will exacerbate many of these pre-existing challenges. However, new opportunities also exist for some of these communities from climate change. Many of these opportunities will stem from existing roles that community members play inmanaging natural and cultural resources in remote areas on behalf of the nation.Availability: (1)

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