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Paying the Price of Welfare Reform

Paying the Price of Welfare Reform: the experiences of Anglicare staff and clients in interacting with Centrelink   New research released by the Anglicare Australia network, including Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre, examines the impact of the ongoing automation of Centrelink services on vulnerable clients, on staff, and …

Failure on housing reveals where the real priorities stand – The Mercury opinion piece

Read the original article on The Mercury This week’s Federal Budget let many poor and homeless Tasmanians down, says Meg Webb BUDGETS are about choices and priorities. They are an indication of what, and who, is important to us. By any measure, housing affordability is a national priority issue, and here in …

Rental Affordability Snapshot Tasmania 2018

Download the 2018 Tasmanian Rental Affordability Snapshot Download the 2018 Australian Rental Affordability Snapshot View Rental Affordability Snapshots across Australia Download the Anglicare Tasmania media release Key findings There were 1245 private rentals advertised in Tasmania on 24-25 March, 2018 - this is a 9 per cent drop since 2017 ...

Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2018

Unsettling truth of Tasmanian child homelessness By SARC researcher Catherine Robinson Read the original article in The Mercury Youth Homelessness Matters Day, which is being acknowledged nationally this week, is an important recognition of the fact that homelessness is experienced by young people, as well as adults. What isn’t well understood ...

Making changes for our children

Last week, re-elected Premier Will Hodgman announced his second-term cabinet, with one of the biggest changes being the appointment of former backbencher Roger Jaensch to Human Services Minister. This challenging position will see Mr Jaensch take a leading role in the wellbeing of Tasmania’s vulnerable children. With the number of ...

The concerning trend of rising homelessness

In every corner of the state, there are Tasmanians living without a safe and secure roof over their head. That is not good enough. With the latest release of the 2016 Census data earlier this month comes the startling figure that for every 10,000 Australians, 50 people are homeless. The ...

Pushing for our policies

It has been more than a week since the whirlwind that was the Tasmanian state election, and we want to take some time to review where we landed with our key election issues. There were a lot of promises made in the lead up to the March election, and sometimes, …

Our post-election promise

Our commitment to seeing poker machines removed from Tasmania’s hotels and clubs is as firm as ever. We are committed to seeing our communities freed from the devastating harm caused by the easy accessibility of poker machines. This responsible, evidence-based policy would bring us into line with the rest of …

SARC newsletter March 2018

The state election was a focal point for SARC’s advocacy on poker machine reform, but now that the election has been and gone, we move into the next phase of working to free Tasmanian local suburbs from poker machines. Our commitment is as firm as ever. We see the harm …

Media release: state election result

Download the media release here | Read The Examiner’s story here Statement from Anglicare Social Action and Research manager Meg Webb: “This election has clearly demonstrated that poker machines are an issue of major concern to Tasmanians. An ERMS poll conducted before the election showed that the majority of those surveyed supported …

The real statistics are damning – The Mercury opinion piece

Read the original article on The Mercury You will have noticed the large political banners erected by industry on venues with poker machines. For many Tasmanians, these banners have made them aware of the widespread presence of pokies in their local community. Usually, we can go through our day and not …

Poker machine open letter handover

As the 2018 Tasmanian state election campaign draws to a close, so does the open letter calling for poker machines to be removed from pubs and clubs. This letter called for Premier Will Hodgman to confine pokies to casinos and this week, we handed over the final letter and urged ...

Tim Costello tackles Tasmanian pokies

It's hard not to be impressed by Tim Costello. The World Vision chief advocate and Alliance for Gambling Reform spokesperson was in Tasmania this week for a whirlwind tour of North and North-West Tasmania. As the Tasmania state election draws ever-closer, Reverend Costello spent his time in the state talking pokies with a ...

Launch of pokie-free communities TV ad campaign

We are at a crucial point in time where we can choose to limit the damage caused by poker machines, or go down the path of creating more powerful vested interests and higher levels of harms. Anglicare's new advertising campaign, launched on Wednesday, includes a TV ad, radio spots and ...

SARC takes over @WePublicHealth

SARC has taken over the @WePublicHealth Twitter account for the week! This Twitter handle is part of a rotated national Twitter account which sees a different people and organisations tweet about public health matters for a week. This content could be anything from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health to …

Strategy, investment to help Tasmanian children – The Examiner opinion piece

Read the original article on The Examiner website As most parents face the task of getting the kids ready for another school year, there are some children,  mostly hidden from sight, who are trying to navigate the adult world alone. On any given day there are hundreds of vulnerable children …

Exploring our pokie-free communities

Imagine a community free from poker machines. Where you can walk around the street corner and not be confronted by a dangerous machine that was designed to addict and rigged to win. In a handful of Tasmanian municipalities, these places already exist. In the council areas of Flinders, King Island, ...

How do unaccompanied children prepare for another school year?

The start of a new school year can be a challenge for anyone. It’s the start of new routines, of new friends and teachers, of new shoes, packing lunches, new uniforms, buses and homework. But what happens if you don’t have a roof over your head? If you don’t have …

Media release: Starting school behind

Download the release here | SARC policy position paper There are Tasmanian children unprepared for the school year because they’re focused on more basic needs – like where to sleep, what to eat and how to stay safe. “Right now, many of us are organising children’s lunch-boxes and drink bottles, and …

Safe Places

Ricky Pfeiffer is a proud member of the Returned and Services League – but refuses to step foot inside the door of his local club. He served for a decade in the Australian Army Reserve and continues to offer friendship and support to veterans recovering from traumatic experiences. “I’m a ...

Helping vulnerable children together

We’ve all heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child. This is a phrase that rings just as true today as it did centuries ago. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our next generation grow up to be happy, healthy and contributing members of our society, but …

Media Release: Preliminary comment on the Social and Economic Impact Study

Download the media release Read the Social and Economic Impact Study In our submission to the SEIS made in September last year, Anglicare said there was “overwhelming evidence and overwhelming support for removing poker machines from hotels and clubs”. “Every publicly released poll has shown Tasmanians are unhappy about the …

The rising population of older, homeless women

Older women are often the forgotten face of homelessness. Stereotypes dominate the average view of what a homeless person looks like, but at a time when the number of older women couch-surfing has doubled in just four years, times are changing. In Australia in 2016, 1618 women over the age …

Pokies in your electorate

We want you to share this map far and wide. Use the share button in the top-right corner to share this map straight to Facebook, Twitter, email, or embed it on your website. Last year, poker machines took more than $110 million from Tasmanian suburbs. That is $110 million that ...

SARC’s 2018 Tasmanian state election Policy Position papers

In March, Tasmanians will head to the polls. Ahead of this state election, SARC has been campaigning hard for three key areas of change: supporting our children and young people, removing poker machines from our communities, and affordable and appropriate housing for all. Below, you can read our Policy Position ...

Wrapping up 2017

What an exciting year it’s been at the Social Action and Research Centre! SARC spent 2017 releasing reports, speaking to parliamentary committees, hosting events, and advocating for a more just Tasmania. One highlight of the year was the campaign to see poker machines removed from pubs and clubs. From its …

A time to be brave

All communities have common interests, common goals to ensure their patch, and its people, flourish. What the Tasmanian community want is a future free of poker machines. They don’t want to see them when they walk down the street, when they do their shopping, or when they take their kids …

Media Release: Listening to the people

Anglicare has welcomed the Labor Party’s decision to support the removal of poker machines from hotels and clubs. Download the media release here “We are pleased to see politicians catching up with community sentiment,” said Anglicare’s Meg Webb. Manager of the Social Action and Research Centre. “Labor has responded to …

Who Cares?

Each night in Tasmania, a cohort of invisible children are navigating an adult world alone. These children are under 16, homeless and unaccompanied, which means they do not have a parent or guardian present.  Whilst children do also experience homelessness with their families, this is a group of children who must …

When a healthy life is out of reach

The path to good health begins long before anyone ever steps foot inside a hospital. Tasmania has a significant social gradient when it comes to health outcomes. If you live in a rural or regional area, live on a low income, in a low socioeconomic area, do not have a …

Pokies in Glenorchy – the facts and figures

Download the Pokies in Glenorchy map here. Of all the local government areas in Tasmania, Glenorchy records the highest annual total loss from poker machines, exceeding $20 million. That is $20 million, $558 per adult, that is being taken away from the local community and out of Glenorchy’s economy. There …

Communities can thrive without pokies – The Advocate opinion piece

Read the original article on The Advocate | Take action! Sign our letter to the Premier | Download the full economic report When we discuss the future of poker machines, one thing we can all agree on is that removing them from local suburbs is sure to have an impact. But let’s be very …

The meaning of home

Home means something different to everyone. For some people, it’s a roof over their heads, for many it’s a place of family, happiness and safety. But for others, home can be a place of bad memories. Last week, Anglicare Australia launched its 17th annual State of the Family Report, which …

Pokies in Burnie – the facts and figures

Download the Pokies in Burnie map here. Burnie may be a relatively small local government electorate, but each year, more than $7 million is taken from the local economy by poker machines. There are 110 pokies spread across four different venues in Burnie, and each one is located close shopping …

A sneak peek at our upcoming research

As the Tasmanian out-of-home care system continues to be reviewed and redesigned, the Social Action and Research Centre continues to add to a local evidence base through building on its portfolio of research relating to this sector. SARC’s researchers are embarking on two new pieces of work exploring the collateral …

SARC Newsletter November 2017

What a busy year it’s been at the Social Action and Research Centre. We’ve released research reports, made appearances at Parliamentary hearings, presented policies and continued to advocate on issues affecting vulnerable Tasmanians. In the past few months, it has been pleasing to see the removal of poker machines from …

Looking out for our youngest citizens

There are many people in our society who, through no fault of their own, have been left voiceless. When this occurs, it is all too often the youngest people in our communities who suffer. For decades, Anglicare Tasmania has been campaigning hard to see the lives of vulnerable children and …

Combating our housing challenges

What has happened to the great Aussie dream of buying a home? For many Tasmanians, it increasingly looks like that’s all it may ever be – a dream. A lifetime of renting had been the realistic option for many, but in Tasmania, with less than 2 per cent of rental properties …

Rare chance to stand up on pokies – The Mercury Talking Point

Read the original article on The Mercury website | Take action! Sign our letter to the Premier | Download the full economic report It is not often as a state that we have the opportunity, with one decision, to right a longstanding wrong. Imagine a single decision that supports local businesses, boosts the Tasmanian economy, and …

Why your Legislative Council vote is so important

In just a few days, Pembroke residents will head to the polls to cast their vote for their next representative in the Legislative Council. But what does this really mean and how does the Legislative Council affect you? Tasmania has three tiers of government – local councils, the House of …

The Legislative Council responds to the Future Gaming Markets report

  Last month, a Tasmanian joint select committee released its report on the state’s future gaming markets. With Federal Group’s exclusive rights to poker machines due to expire next year (with any change to come into effect in 2023), the committee was tasked with examining future policy options and the …

Pokies in Pembroke – the facts and figures

Download the Pokies in Pembroke map here. The Pembroke by-election is less than two weeks away and the issue on everybody’s mind is freeing communities of poker machines. There are 150 poker machines spread across five venues in the Pembroke electorate.  Every one of the sixteen schools in the electorate …

Basic Income: panacea or pipe dream? – Anti-Poverty Week forum

Could a Basic Income be a solution to poverty? As part of Anti-Poverty Week for 2017, Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre partnered with the Economics Society of Australia and the Institute for the Study of Social Change this week to discuss just that. Hundreds of people gathered for the …

Home Stretch Campaign Launch coverage – ABC Radio, September 2017

Learn more about The Home Stretch campaign | Listen or download the interview from the ABC website When a child in foster care turns 18 their care arrangements are terminated and support is no longer provided. The Home Stretch campaign is a national campaign urging governments to allow young people …

Andrea Young and Lindsey Moffatt in Parity Magazine – ‘Housing related poverty and homelessness in Tasmania’

Parity Magazine | July 2017 | Volume 30 - Issue 5 Download the article | Subscribe to Parity Anglicare Tasmania sponsored the July issue of Parity magazine, from the Council to Homeless Persons (Poverty and Homelessness: The Elephant in the Room, Volume 30 - Issue 5). This article, by Andrea Young from Shelter ...

Dr Catherine Robinson in Parity Magazine – ‘Porn or pedagogy?’ An interview on Filthy Rich and Homeless

Parity Magazine | July 2017 | Volume 30 - Issue 5 Download the article | Subscribe to Parity Anglicare Tasmania sponsored the July issue of Parity magazine, from the Council to Homeless Persons (Poverty and Homelessness: The Elephant in the Room, Volume 30 - Issue 5). Dr Catherine Robinson's article, Porn or pedagogy?, ...

SARC Newsletter August 2017

SARC has been chalking up runs on the board recently with progress being made in two of our current advocacy focus areas. Our latest research report Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania, by Dr Catherine Robinson, presents a confronting picture of vulnerable young Tasmanians and the valiant efforts of the frontline workers who, …

Tasmanian gambling review recommends $10,000 limits for poker machines – Mercury

Read original on Mercury website | Read our submission | Read the latest economic report | contact Meg Webb | Take action! Visit www.pokiescauseharm.org.au By David Beniuk August 20, 2017 Jackpot limits of $10,000 should be considered for poker machines, along with stricter limits on cash payouts and ATM withdrawals, a review of the state’s gambling code …

Gambling inquiry: Federal Group wants tax cut in return for relinquishing pokies in pubs and clubs – ABC news

Read original on ABC website | Read our submission | Read the latest economic report | contact Meg Webb | Take action! Visit www.pokiescauseharm.org.au 18 August, 2017 The Federal Group wants a tax cut for its Tasmanian casinos if it gives up ownership of poker machines to pubs and clubs. Key points: …

Meg Webb interviewed on 7AD, Across the Coast with Martin Agatyn

Download the full report | Listen on the 7AD website | Contact Meg Webb 11 August, 2017 Read the full economic report here: http://bit.ly/2w3VmIS Take action! Sign and share our letter to the Premier: www.pokiescauseharm.org.au Meg Webb, Manager of Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre talks about the new ...

Meg Webb interviewed on Ultra 106.5 Home Run with Dave Woods

Download the full report | Listen on the Ultra 106.5fm website | Contact Meg Webb 11 August, 2017 Read the full economic report here: http://bit.ly/2w3VmIS Take action! Sign and share our letter to the Premier: www.pokiescauseharm.org.au Meg Webb, Manager of Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre talks about the ...

John Mangan and Meg Webb interviewed on ABC Radio Mornings with Leon Compton

Download the full report | Listen on ABC Radio website | Contact Meg Webb 11 August, 2017 Read the full economic report here: http://bit.ly/2w3VmIS Take action! Sign and share our letter to the Premier: www.pokiescauseharm.org.au Meg Webb, Manager of Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre and Professor John Mangan, Director ...

Pokies should be removed from suburbs – opinion piece by Meg Webb – Examiner, August 2017

Read original article on Examiner website | Download the economic report | Contact SARC | Take action! Sign our Letter to the Premier Anglicare has campaigned for decades on the matter of poker machines in Tasmania. We know that these machines are deliberately rigged to win and designed for addiction. They harm people and don’t …

Banning poker machines from Tasmanian pubs and clubs could create economic growth, new report finds

Read original article on Examiner website | Download the economic report | Contact SARC | Take action! Sign our Letter to the Premier By Matt Maloney, 11 August, 2017 A report commissioned by Anglicare has found the removal of gaming machines from pubs and clubs could direct more than $113 million to …

Huge economic benefits would follow banning of Tasmanian pub pokies, Anglicare report finds

Read original article on ABC website | Download the economic report | Contact SARC | Take action! Sign our Letter to the Premier By Rhiana Whitson Removing poker machines from Tasmanian hotels and clubs would see millions of dollars flow into the state’s economy each year and create hundreds of jobs, a new …

Talking Point by Meg Webb- The Mercury, August 2017

Read original article on Mercury website | Download the full economic report | Take action! Sign our Letter to the Premier | Contact Social Action and Research Centre: info@socialactionresearchcentre.org.au Economics is often used to scare or bamboozle those of us who aren’t versed in its complexities. At Anglicare we don’t usually choose to make ...

Media Release: Removing poker machines good for economy

Take action! Sign our Letter to the Premier | Download the full report here | Contact SARC Removing poker machines from hotels and clubs would be a boon for the Tasmanian economy, a new independent economic report has found. Removing poker machines from hotels and clubs would be a boon for ...

Investigation into Tasmania’s gambling industry continues

Read original article on The Advocate and Examiner website Tasmania’s welfare groups will continue to push for a ban on poker machines in pubs and clubs when a parliamentary inquiry into Tasmania’s gaming industry resumes this week. The state government last year directed an inquiry be established to look at the gaming …

Talking point by Kitty te Riele – The Mercury, August 2017

Read original article on Mercury website | Download the full Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania pdf report| Contact Dr Catherine Robinson Talking Point by Professor Kitty te  Riele August 4, 2017 IT is always harrowing to read of the experiences of young Tasmanians who have been let down by …

Talking Point by Josh Willie: We are letting down our at-risk kids – The Mercury, July 2017

Read original article on Mercury website | Download the full report | Contact report author: catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au Josh Willie, Mercury July 21, 2017 ANYBODY who has read or heard the stories contained in a report published last week by Anglicare on horrifically abused Tasmanian children had to be moved. I have …

Launch video: Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania – July 2017

Launch of SARC's research report, Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania, by Dr Catherine Robinson Tuesday, 11 July 2017 Hobart Download full pdf report | Watch video on YouTube | Catherine Robinson: catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au This research report by Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre, authored by Dr Catherine Robinson, explores ...

Catherine Robinson and Mardie Blair interviewed about Too Hard? report – Southern Cross News, July 2017

Southern Cross News, Tuesday 11 July 2017 Watch video Reporting by Jacquelin Robson Features with Dr Catherine Robinson, Mardie Blair, Rene Hidding, Cassie O'Connor and Rebecca White Download the full report here | Contact the report author, Dr Catherine Robinson:  catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au

Talking Point by Rosalie Martin: Fixing broken kids with love – The Mercury, July 2017

Read original article on Mercury website | Download the full pdf report | Contact report author: catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au ROSALIE MARTIN, Mercury July 15, 2017 LOVING tenderness and nurture generate the healthy organisation of children’s developing brains. Love poured into a child through tender interactions sets up the ability to form warm relationships throughout …

Talking Point by Catherine Robinson – The Mercury, July 2017

Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania are an issue beyond politics CATHERINE ROBINSON catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au July 14, 2017 Read original article on The Mercury website | Download the full pdf report WHEN Tasmanian leadership calls for responses to the symptoms rather than the causes of teen vulnerability, you realise how important it …

Government says report reveals complex problems beyond the child protection system – Mercury, July 2017

Read original article on Mercury website | Download the full Too Hard? report | Contact report author Dr Catherine Robinson: catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au BLAIR RICHARDS, State Political Editor, Mercury July 11, 2017 12:01pm DRUGS, crime and complex intergenerational social problems are to blame for issues raised in a new report on vulnerable children rather …

Talking Point by Mark Morrissey: Vulnerable young people are being let down – The Mercury, July 2017

Mark Morrissey, Mercury 13 July, 2017 IT would be difficult to read Anglicare Tasmania’s report Too Hard? Highly Vulnerable Teens in Tasmania and not be profoundly affected. The report has powerfully and articulately captured the voices and experiences of a group of highly vulnerable young Tasmanians who have fallen through the gaps. …

Anglicare releases Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania Report – Examiner, July 2017

Read original on The Examiner website | Download full pdf report Michelle Wisbey 11 July 2017, 5pm   Some of Tasmania’s most vulnerable teens are falling through the cracks, left alone to navigate a world of neglect and abandonment, a new report found. Anglicare’s Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania report, released on Tuesday, found a …

Teens thrown into ‘Too Hard’ basket by Tasmanian child protection services – ABC Radio, July 2017

Breakfast with Ryk Goddard Interview with Meg Webb, Manager of Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action and Research Centre Download mp3 - 4.28mb Listen on ABC Radio Hobart website Duration: 9min 21sec Broadcast: Tue 11 Jul 2017, 5:30am Published: Tue 11 Jul 2017, 8:54am Highly Vulnerable Teens in Tasmania are bouncing through a fractured and ...

Catherine Robinson and Mardie Blair interviewed about Too Hard? report – WIN news, July 2017

WIN News Tasmania, Tuesday 11 July 2017 Watch video Reporting by Ben Hansen Featuring Dr Catherine Robinson, Mardi Blair, Rene Hidding and Rebecca White. Download the full report here | Contact the report author, catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au

Editorial: Failing our young people – The Mercury, July 2017

Read original article on Mercury website | download the full report | contact report author: catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au Editorial, Mercury, 12 July, 2017 IT is hard to imagine a starker failure to look after some of our most vulnerable than that outlined in Anglicare’s latest report. The organisation’s Social Action Research Centre …

Editorial: Report reveals youth stuck in crisis cycles – The Advocate, July 2017

Read original article on The Advocate website | download the full report 11 Jul 2017, 5:15 p.m. Almost five school buses worth of young Tasmanians are homeless on any given night. This figure comes from a striking new report into vulnerable and at-risk teenagers within the state. Too Hard: Highly …

Vulnerable Tas kids left homeless: report – news.com.au, July 2017

Read original article on news.com.au website | download the full report  Ethan James – Australian Associated Press JULY 11, 2017 12:18PM Vulnerable young Tasmanians are being left homeless or in detention centres because they are “too hard” to care for, an Anglicare report says. The Highly Vulnerable Teens in Tasmania study, released …

Urgent need for care and protection

MEDIA RELEASE: Tuesday July 11 2017 New research from Anglicare shows highly vulnerable young Tasmanians are missing out on life-changing care – and sets out a plan to prioritise their needs. “Our research focused on children and young people aged 10-17 who have experienced significant harm – including multiple forms …

Vulnerable kids ‘being made into criminals by Tasmanian system unable to cope’ – ABC, July 2017

Read original on ABC website | Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania: Download the full report By Rhiana Whitson 11 July 2017, 4:30pm Highly vulnerable young Tasmanians are ending up homeless or in youth detention because they are “too hard to care for”, according to a new report from Anglicare’s …

Children as young as 10 are living alone without proper care according to new report – The Mercury, July 2017

Read original article on Mercury website | Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania: Download the full report as a pdf PATRICK BILLINGS, Police reporter, Mercury July 11, 2017 A DAMNING report into Tasmania’s child protection and care system has painted a dire picture of abused, neglected and abandoned youth falling between the …

Vulnerable Teens report slams Tasmanian child protection system – 900 7AD AM Devonport

Download the full report | Listen on Across the Coast with Martin Agatyn | contact report author: catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au Anglicare Tasmania's report into vulnerable teens in Tasmania has been highly critical of Tasmania's child protection services. The report also revealed many young people who had experienced multiple forms of harm and family ...

Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania – Ultra1065fm, July 2017

Download the full report here | contact the report author: catheriner@anglicare-tas.org.au Duration: 6min 31sec Broadcast: Tuesday 11 July 2017 Dave talks with researcher Dr Catherine Robinson from Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre who has just released a report Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania. She shares stories of how and ...

NAIDOC Week 2017 – Events in Tasmania

NAIDOC WEEK – Our Langauges Matter – 2-9 July 2017 NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. To join in the celebration, check out the events on offer around the state throughout the week. To learn more about NAIDOC Week, please …

SARC Newsletter June 2017

It has certainly been a busy few months here at SARC! Our Rental Affordability Snapshot 2017, released in April, shone a light on the significant barriers faced by Tasmanians on low incomes in securing affordable private rent als.  We note with concern that, at the time of the Snapshot, the number of advertised rentals …

The campaign for a Tasmanian Human Rights Act

The Social Action and Research Centre has a simple and powerful vision — we want a just Tasmania, where every person has the equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. That is why we support the implementation of a human rights act in this state. A human rights act would provide people with …

How can we create homes for more Tasmanians?

By Lindsey Moffatt, Researcher, SARC Ensuring access to an affordable home is the single most effective path to better outcomes in health, education, employment, and early childhood development in Tasmania. Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) undertakes the Rental Affordability Snapshot each year to monitor affordability in the ...

Media Release

Over the next few weeks the Tasmanian community will make itself heard in the Parliamentary Committee hearings on the Future of Gaming Markets in Tasmania.

Media Release

Carolyn Hirsh was uniquely qualified to warn of the dangers of poker machines when she spoke at the Tasmanian Parliamentary Inquiry into Future Gaming Markets.

Who we are

We are a powerful alliance of not for profit organisations, peak bodies and local councils amplifying the concerns of the Tasmanian community about poker machines.

Why the Pokies need to go

Why we need the pokies to go For the first time since 2003 Tasmanians can have a say on whether poker machines stay in local pubs and clubs, or are restricted to the casinos.

The Uncounted Costs

This study explores how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can best ensure that people with behaviours of concern are offered choice and control in the emerging disability support market.

Parliamentary hearings into gaming markets – what has happened in the hearings so far?

Take action! Visit www.pokiescauseharm.org.au By Dr Kate Burton, Advocacy, Engagement and Campaigns, SARC The Tasmanian Parliament’s hearings into Future Gaming Markets got underway at the beginning of February. The first four days of hearings saw nearly 30 groups and individuals appear before the Committee. In the first week, various bodies with …

It is time for action on pokies – The Mercury, February 2017

View original article on Mercury website | Take action! Visit www.pokiescauseharm.org.au Talking Point: It is time for action on pokies MEG WEBB, Mercury February 7, 2017 I THINK of 2016 as the year that the citizens of many Western democracies collectively opened their windows and yelled: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not …

Tassie community clearly wants the pokies taken out of pubs and clubs – The Mercury, December 2016

View original article on Mercury website MEG WEBB, Mercury December 8, 2016 “THEY nearly destroyed my life and I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.” That’s just one of the more than 600 powerful comments about poker machines that Tasmanians have submitted to the parliamentary inquiry into gambling …

Tasmanians speak about poker machines

Take action! Visit www.pokiescauseharm.org.au to sign our open letter to the Premier. By Imogen Ebsworth, Advocacy, Engagement and Campaigns We have talked a lot about the current parliamentary inquiry into the future of gambling in Tasmania, and with good reason. Although poker machines have been here for 20 years, this is the …

The Anglicare Australia jobs snapshot: focus on Tasmania

By Lindsey Moffatt, Researcher, and Imogen Ebsworth, Advocacy, Engagement and Campaigns, SARC There is a persistent myth that if someone doesn’t have a job it’s because they’re just not trying hard enough to get one. Worryingly, this myth increasingly forms the cornerstone of public policy approaches to those out of …

Reflections on Anti-Poverty Week

By Meg Webb, Manager SARC When you are living in poverty it is a defining part of your life every minute of every day. It defines where you live, what and how much you can eat, what you wear, whether you are warm or cold, how you can socialise, how …

Transport is an essential service: Submission to the Tasmanian Draft Transport Access Strategy

By Margie Law, Policy, Strategy and Development Addressing years of public transport under-funding Tasmanians suffer from the “perfect storm” of disadvantaged access to transport: low income, low density cities, dispersed rural population and high fuel costs. Many Tasmanians on low incomes rely either entirely on limited public transport or on …

Reflections on SARC — what we do and why

By Meg Webb, Manager SARC It’s been just over a year since I was appointed Manager of Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre (SARC), so it feels like a good time to reflect and share what I have learned about who we are, what we do, and where we’re …

Call for Premier to make history on poker machines

MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 23 August 2016 National gambling statistics recently released show that Tasmanians are still losing far too much – $114 million per year – to poker machines in pubs and clubs. With the Tasmanian parliament about to pass the Terms of Reference for the Joint Select Committee on Gambling, …

The Examiner’s Winter Appeal looks at Tasmanians living below the poverty line

Read original article on Examiner website Michelle Wisbey 17 July, 2016 Fifteen per cent of all Tasmanians live in poverty. Once we develop a trusting relationship we are quite often able to see the underlying issues.– St Vincent de Paul Society regional president Hetty Binns About 27 per cent of children …

From SARC research to collective advocacy- the case of poker machines in Tasmania

Take action! Visit www.pokiescauseharm.org.au By Imogen Ebsworth, Advocacy, Engagement and Campaigns, SARC It is no accident that the word ‘action’ is in SARC’s name. In seeking to contribute to the creation of a just Tasmania we target our research at real life issues that Tasmanians tell us are increasing hardship and …

A Fairer society is a healthier, wealthier one – The Mercury, June 2016

View original article on Mercury website MEG WEBB, Mercury June 30, 2016 12:01am THE ties that bind a community are the foundation on which everyone succeeds. Tasmanians know social and economic issues are linked. Having an affordable home, access to transport and a healthcare system that helps you stay well …

2016 Federal election priority issues and our scorecard

By Imogen Ebsworth, Advocacy, Engagement and Campaigns, SARC The election campaign has been long and largely uninspiring, but the issues we care about are not. It can be hard with all the election campaign noise to spot the real issues and good policy responses worth voting for. Accordingly SARC is …

Can participatory budgeting help create more democratic government processes?

By Imogen Ebsworth, Advocacy, Engagement and Campaigns, SARC Thinking about democracy and participation Welcome to the first of a series of posts examining citizen engagement. Here at SARC a considerable amount of our work is based on the lived experience of Tasmanians. Through documentation and research, we provide evidence to …

Unfair budget failed to create conditions to lift most disadvantaged – The Mercury, May 2016

View original on Mercury website MEG WEBB, Mercury May 5, 2016 12:00am SOCIETIES that are more equitable – ones with a smaller gap between the least well off and the most well off – have better economic outcomes overall. This disproves the myth that we have to fix budgets first …

Too hard? A new project exploring vulnerability and young people

By Dr Catherine Robinson, Researcher, Social Action and Research Centre As a returning Tasmanian expat and academic, my shift home and into the community sector has been a time of very exciting upheaval. Since I began at SARC in February this year, I have experienced that unique benefit of being …

Despite appearances, government budgets aren’t really about money

              By Meg Webb, Manager of Social Action Research Centre at Anglicare Tasmania We tend to think that budgets are about numbers on a page: the rational, dispassionate balancing of the books, money in and money out. But that’s not the whole picture. Budgets …

Federal budget will reveal what we value as priorities – The Mercury, April 2016

Read original article on Mercury website MEG WEBB, Mercury April 30, 2016 12:00am WE tend to think that budgets are about numbers on a page: the rational, dispassionate balancing of the books, money in and money out. But that is not the whole picture. Budgets are essentially a statement of …

Snapshot highlights rent struggle – The Examiner, April 2016

View original article on The Examiner website by ADAM LANGENBERG21 Apr 2016, 7:45 p.m. WELFARE groups say Anglicare’s latest Housing Affordability Snapshot highlights the crisis low-income renters face in trying to find affordable private rental properties. The snapshot showed 424 of the 1588 properties advertised on the first weekend in …

Anglicare Tasmania hosts screening on pokies addiction – The Examiner, April 2016

Read original article on The Examiner website | Take action! Visit www.pokiescauseharm.org.au Toli Papadopoulos 11 Apr 2016, 4:30 p.m. Anglicare Tasmania is hosting free screenings in Tasmania of a documentary which reveals the science behind pokies addiction. Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre manager Meg Webb said the documentary will shed light on …

Housing affordability

A home is more than just a roof over your head.   If you can’t afford to buy a house and you struggle to compete for a rental property, what happens next? Tasmania is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis, but it’s not just about putting a roof over ...

Free communities of poker machines

Poker machines are designed to addict and rigged to win. They cost too many Tasmanians their health, relationships, job or home. One in three Tasmanians knows someone seriously harmed by gambling on poker machines. Four out of five Tasmanians want poker machines reduced in number or totally removed from pubs ...

Children and young people

 Protecting our youngest citizens.  There are many people in our society who, through no fault of their own, have been left voiceless. When this occurs, it is all too often the youngest people in our communities who suffer. As of June this year, there are 1203 children in out-of-home care ...

Prioritise creating strong community and the economy will follow – The Mercury, January 2016

Read original article on Mercury website MEG WEBB, Mercury January 23, 2016 12:00am WE SPEND a lot of time talking about the economy. Is it healthy? Is it growing? What do we have to do to make it happy? We speak as if it is a living thing, with feelings, …

Poker machines – it’s time to act for communites

A coalition of community sector organisations has called for urgent action to reduce the harm caused by poker machine gambling in Tasmania. The coalition wants poker machines removed from hotels and clubs, and the machines made less dangerous by limiting the amount of money that can be lost on them. …

Budget missed opportunity to invest in people – The Mercury, June 2016

View original article on Mercury website MEG WEBB, Mercury June 4, 2015 12:00am LAST week’s State Budget is a missed opportunity. The Hodgman Government had a chance to invest in long-term, evidence-based solutions to the widely acknowledged priority issues – housing, health, education and employment. Long-term investment and thinking would …

Poker machines not wanted in our suburbs and towns – The Mercury, March 2016

Read original article on Mercury website MEG WEBB, Mercury March 23, 2016 12:00am I’VE never been given the chance to have a say about what gambling looks like in this state. The one and only time Tasmanians did have that chance, I wasn’t born yet. That one time was December, …