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TPG Telecom dials up to 100% renewable electricity

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Telco giant TPG Telecom, one of Australia’s top energy users, has dialled up its clean energy ambition and committed to power its Australian operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025. TPG Telecom, which owns major communications and technology brands including Vodafone, AAPT and iiNet, is estimated to consume well over 200,000 MWh of electricity each year. It is the second major telecommunications company to commit to 100% renewable electricity, following Telstra making the switch last year.  Lindsay Soutar, REenergise campaign director at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, said TPG Telecom switching to clean energy shows that Australia’s telcos are getting the message on emissions…

Wildlife Friendly Vets

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Call for Nominations: Helping our vets support our wildlife From today, nominations can be submitted via: www.wildlifeheroes.org.au/wildlife-friendly-vets/ Just over twelve months on from Black Summer, the worst wildlife disaster in modern history, the New South Wales floods have brought further devastation to native wildlife across the state, with the full extent of the impact remaining unknown.  In New South Wales alone, a minimum of $1.8 million of free vet services are administered to wildlife each year, with this figure estimated to be far greater following recent disasters. Veterinarians report that many aspects of their formal education had not adequately prepared…

Westernport community rejoices as AGL’s controversial gas terminal rejected

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The Westernport Bay community is celebrating today after Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne rejected a proposed gas import terminal at Crib Point. The controversial project faced sustained and overwhelming opposition from a broad alliance of groups, including fishing businesses, the tourism industry, environment groups and local MPs. Save Westernport spokesperson Jane Carnegie said: “Science and good sense has won out. The government has listened to us and to the thousands of people in our community who have worked tirelessly to save our beautiful environment from a potential catastrophe.” “Westernport Bay was never the place for such a monstrous, environmentally damaging project. “AGL’s…

It is time for a Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

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Joint Media Release from Djirra and Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service: We call on the Victorian Government to immediately establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.  The Commissioner must be sufficiently resourced and empowered to undertake an independent review into the implementation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The recommendations of the Commission have never been fully implemented, there is still no accurate evaluation nor accountability for the implementation of those 339 recommendations. Instead, the…

Homelessness charities warn against Government funding cuts to homelessness services

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Mission Australia, the St Vincent de Paul Society, Wesley Mission and The Salvation Army have joined forces to call on the Federal Government not to cut $57 million from homelessness services. The homelessness charities warn that the impending cuts will leave frontline workers and people facing homelessness in the lurch when the $56.7 million Federal funding for Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) supplementation for homelessness services stops in June 2021.1 Unless the Federal Government agrees to fully fund these services, homelessness programs across Australia are under threat of losing millions of dollars of funding from July this year. These vital homelessness…

Over 180 organisations urge Treasurer Frydenberg not to cut $56 million from homelessness services

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Homelessness services across the country, including domestic and family violence crisis accommodation services, are set to have over $56 million cut from their budgets by June 2021 unless the Federal Government agrees to fully fund services. Homelessness Australia Chair Jenny Smith says “In the last financial year, three in every four people using homelessness services were women and children, many of whom were fleeing family violence.” “Cutting $56.7 million from homelessness services means there will be more than 500 fewer frontline workers. That will result in more women and children who are fleeing violence and who need help being turned…

Tackling Homelessness for young people – West Refuge Taking Shape

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A consortium of tradesmen and contractors, many of whom are providing their services for free, have been working round-the-clock throughout the pandemic to build a critical piece of infrastructure to support young people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne’s inner west. Together with the Property Industry Foundation, Hacer Group and a $3.5 million investment from the Victorian Government, MCM will open a high quality, purpose-built youth refuge later this year to help break the cycle of youth homelessness in Melbourne’s west. MCM General Manager, Homelessness, Justice & Family Services, Wayne Merritt said the coronavirus shutdowns in 2020 were a difficult period for…

Housing Blitz Arrives at an Urgent Time for Social Housing in Victoria

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The Victorian government’s welcome announcement of a five-billion-dollar investment in social housing last year was recently bolstered by the extension of an additional 2500 homes to be created by the project. The Big Housing Build will be delivered over four years and will provide an estimated 14,500 homes. It represents the most significant project in Victorian history to address major shortages in social housing. With an estimated 100,000 people on waiting lists for housing in Victoria, the failings of a neglectful public housing system are beginning to be addressed. “It’s a profound investment in a stronger, fairer Victoria – a…

Mission Australia slams appalling and inadequate level of income support

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Disappointing that Federal Government announced an inadequate level of JobSeeker income support that will push many into poverty and homelessness. In response to the Federal Government’s announcement that income support payments will rise only a fraction – keeping people who rely on them living in poverty – Mission Australia is calling on the Federal Government to urgently reconsider the decision, and commit to an adequate increase to JobSeeker and related allowances. Mission Australia CEO James Toomey said: “Every day, we work alongside people who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness and many rely on income support just to…

eX-detainee Refugee community demands Australian Government and medical advisory groups include them in the vaccine priority list

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The eX-detainee Refugee community demands the Australian Government and Medical advisory groups include us in the vaccine priority list. The eX-detainee community in Australia is one of the most disadvantaged communities in Australia and subjected to systemic oppression and abuse. eX-detainees are also one of the most immunocompromised and vulnerable cohorts of people in the Australian community. The eX-detainee community urges the Australian Government, relevant medical advisory bodies to include us and our immediate household family members, also vulnerable by their proximity to us, in the vaccine rollout plan in Australia ‘Phase 1B and Phase 2B’. The Australian government must ask…