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National Christian charity welcomes Federal Government’s Advisory Panel

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Mission Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to creating a new independent, legislated Economic Inclusion Advisory panel as a very promising step towards adequately increasing income support, addressing poverty and ending homelessness.

Led by the Treasurer and Social Services Minister, the Economic Inclusion Advisory Panel will comprise experts, advocacy groups and peak bodies.

“This Panel is a great step towards ensuring the Government can take heed of direct, expert advice on the links between inadequate income support and poverty and homelessness in Australia,” said Mission Australia’s CEO Sharon Callister.

The news is welcome as skyrocketing cost-of-living pressures and rents continue to hurt people and families on the lowest incomes most.

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to form this Panel so they can receive evidence-based recommendations ahead of next year’s Budget.”

“Drawing together a range of experts to advise on this important issue will improve the decision-making process and I congratulate the Albanese Government and Senator Pocock on this outcome. It’s important the experts chosen include people with lived experience of poverty, homelessness and income support.”

Callister shared that they anticipate the Panel’s participation in highlighting the struggle of many people and families who rely on JobSeeker and other payments to pay for life’s essentials.

Related: Mission Australia’s response to Report on Government Services 2022 – Housing and homelessness

“JobSeeker is currently just $48 a day. As people grapple with rising cost of living and rents going through the roof, no one can survive or get back into work on this meagre rate.”

“We urge the Government to act swiftly on the Panel’s recommendations, which we hope will focus on increasing income support to a rate that keeps people out of poverty and homelessness,” she added.

Related: National Christian charity announces new appointed Chair and Board Directors

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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1 Comment

  1. Ana Marcel July 20, 2023

    What ? They were able to create “Economic Inclusion Advisory Panel” without needing to change the Constitution first. Really ? So alot of the media commentary, and the PM, are not being honest. I will be voting “No”.


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