This week in review - 14 February 2019

Mark Henley

Our thoughts with North Queensland

Our thoughts are with those of you in North Queensland that battled the floods and now the clean-up. This is a tough time for everyone involved and we hope you get all the supports you need to fully recover. Financial assistance has been made available by the government and can be accessed here on the Queensland Government community recovery websiteThere is information available on Community Door that will also be of assistance.

Eleven years on....and Family Matters Campaign

Yesterday marked 11 years since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally acknowledged the suffering experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people because of government policies forcing child removal. This was a critical step on our journey of reconciliation. Our hope is that, as a nation, our next step is toward self determination for our First Nations people and acceptance of the Uluru Statement of the Heart driving a true voice to parliament. QCOSS strongly supports recommendations made by the Family Matters Campaign, as we know they are critical to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture and eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 2040.

It's unaffordable for thousands of people living in regional Queensland

The cost of essential items relative to income continues to put individuals and families throughout Queensland at risk. This year we shed light on five communities and how well people in those communities are able to afford a basic standard of living. With the outcomes, we will advocate to our elected representatives, both state and federal, to prioritise the wellbeing of people in the decisions they make every day. We are able to provide our members with some of the key findings with the report, embargoed until Friday 15 February. We would be interested to hear your thoughts about how well our sample families reflect what you are seeing in the communities you are working. If you do have any comments or questions, please drop us an email. 

Support from the Queensland Productivity Commission

It is good to see QCOSS' recommendations to the Queensland Productivity Commission’s draft report into Imprisonment and Recidivism reflected in the draft report. There is more about the actual report below but I want to stress that QCOSS will continue to recommend successful justice reinvestment programs and the framing of all reforms within a human rights framework, paying close attention to groups experiencing disadvantage that make them more vulnerable to injustice. Our website has more information.

Mark Henley

Chief Executive Officer