Submissions received by the Committee

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1Catholic Health Australia (PDF 471 KB) 
3Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (PDF 526 KB) 
4Australia Institute (PDF 1070 KB) 
5Mr Peter Dixon (PDF 40 KB) 
6Professor Frank Stilwell (PDF 48 KB) 
7Associate Professor Roger Wilkins (PDF 115 KB)  Attachment 1 (PDF 1416 KB)  Attachment 2 (PDF 963 KB) 
8Australian Association of Social Workers (PDF 631 KB) 
9The Smith Family (PDF 562 KB) 
10Carers Queensland (PDF 284 KB) 
11Close the Gap Campaign (PDF 288 KB) 
12YWCA Australia (PDF 266 KB) 
13The Salvation Army (PDF 717 KB) 
14Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW (PDF 348 KB) 
15National Council of Single Mothers and their Children (PDF 415 KB) 
16Mental Health Australia (PDF 275 KB) 
17Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (PDF 98 KB) 
18Aged and Community Services Australia (PDF 511 KB) 
19St Vincent de Paul Society (PDF 577 KB) 
20Youth Network of Tasmania  (PDF 310 KB) 

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On 18 June 2014, the Senate referred the following matter to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report.

The Terms of Reference are:

  1. the extent of income inequality in Australia and the rate at which income inequality is increasing in our community; 
  2. the impact of income inequality on access to health, housing, education and work in Australia, and on the quality of the outcomes achieved; 
  3. the specific impacts of inequality on disadvantaged groups within the community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, older job seekers, people living with a disability or mental illness, refugees, single parents, those on a low income, people at risk of poverty in retirement as well as the relationship between gender and inequality; 
  4. the likely impact of Government policies on current and future rates of inequality particularly the changes proposed in the 2014-15 Budget; 
  5. the principles that should underpin the provision of social security payments in Australia; and 
  6. the practical measures that could be implemented by Governments to address inequality, particularly appropriate and adequate income support payments. 

Submissions were sought by 22 August 2014. The reporting date is 26 November 2014. On 24 November 2014, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 2 December 2014. On 2 December 2014, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 3 December 2014.

Past Public Hearings

17 Nov 2014: Canberra
11 Nov 2014: Perth
10 Nov 2014: Adelaide


Inquiry Status

Report tabled


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