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Time to scrap discriminatory penalty fares

19 November 2015  |  

It is time to scrap the discriminatory system of penalty fares on public transport, says the Victorian Council of Social Service, following today’s release of the Public Transport Ombudsman’s Annual Report showing a significant spike in the number of complaints about penalty fares and public transport fines.

Published under cost of living, Transport

Lower income Victorians worse off under GST rise

5 November 2015  |  

Lower income Victorian households would be dramatically worse off under proposed changes to the GST, and the State Government should maintain its strong opposition to raising the GST without broader tax reform.

Published under Advocacy, Budget

Vulnerable people face greater, and ongoing, risk from disasters

21 October 2015  |  

The upcoming summer in south-eastern Australia is being predicted to be one of the warmest and driest in decades, with a considerable risk of devastating heatwaves and catastrophic bushfires. It is vital that we incorporate the needs of all members of the community in our emergency management planning.

Published under Emergency management