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, despite their best intentions, simply do not have adequate resources to provide optimal care to this group.
We were pleased to have politicians, policy-makers and the general public take a keen interest in the report, and we are now engaged in a range of advocacy efforts to see the recommendations from the report implemented.
The campaign for poker machine reform is gaining momentum in the lead-up to the Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets releasing their report in September/October. Anglicare commissioned and released an economic research report showing that the removal of poker machines from local venues will be a benefit to the Tasmanian economy. We continue to work with and strengthen the Community Voice on Pokies Reform coalition, and have rolled out a television advertising and social media campaign. To support the campaign, follow SARC on Facebook. Ongoing media coverage of the poker machine issue can be found on our website.
Thank you for your interest in our work. With your continued support, we work to create positive political, social and cultural change to bring about a just Tasmania.
Meg Webb, SARC Manager
Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania research report update
In July, SARC launched Dr Catherine Robinson’s latest research report, Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania. The launch event was well-attended by politicians, policy-makers and sector colleagues and marked a new phase in the ongoing public discussion in the media about vulnerable children in this State.
The report sparked a flurry of public discourse, including national coverage on ABC, an editorial in the Mercury and Advocate newspapers and extensive coverage in print, radio and television.
Opinion pieces were published, authored by Dr Catherine Robinson, Mark Morrissey, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Josh Willie, Shadow Minister for Child Safety and Professor Kitty te Riele, Deputy Director (Research) at the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment at the University of Tasmania.
Opinion pieces, TV news grabs and radio interviews about the report can be found on our website.
SARC has since held briefings with the Minister for Human Services and senior executives at the Department of Education and Children and Youth Services, as well as planned briefings with other Ministers and key decision-makers. Briefings have been provided to Anglicare staff and community sector colleagues involved in the research, and will continue with an upcoming briefing for the community sector peak bodies.
Additionally, Dr Robinson presented on the report at the Peter Underwood Centre ‘Education Transforms’ conference and will present to the Anglicare Australia National Conference in September, and the Australian Sociological Association National Conference in November.
Poker Machine Reform
The current licence on poker machines is up for review with the possibility of reforming the industry after 2023. The Tasmanian Parliament Joint Select Committee into Future Gaming Markets will release its report in September/October this year.
SARC has been instrumental in making an evidence-based case for poker machine reform. Our latest commissioned research report on the economic impact of removing poker machines from pubs and clubs in Tasmania has been delivered to the Committee. The report, Removing poker machines from hotels and clubs in Tasmania: Economic considerations, by Professor John Mangan, found that taking poker machines out of pubs and clubs would see up to $113 million in spending redirected to local businesses. You can download the full report or follow the media coverage on our website.
Additionally, we have produced a television ad campaign to keep this issue in the spotlight.
There are still opportunities to support this campaign, especially with a State election in the offing. We encourage you to help us campaign for change by signing and sharing our open letter to the Premier. We are currently sitting just shy of our target of 5000 signatures, so please, add your voice to the thousands of other Tasmanians who would like to see a reduction in the harm caused by poker machines.
Keep your eye out for our upcoming TV ad campaign.
Advocacy success – Strengthening the Disability Voice in Tasmania discussion paper (2016)
We received notification of a successful outcome to an advocacy process based on the Strengthening the disability voice in Tasmania discussion paper by Teresa Hinton.
During 2016, SARC produced this discussion paper on the absence of an effective representative voice for people with a disability in Tasmania, which is of particular concern in the context of the NDIS roll-out.
We convened stakeholder discussions based on this paper, and the result was a funding application in September 2016 from the State Government to the Federal Government for project funding to develop an independent representative organisation for people with a disability in Tasmania.
In July 2017, SARC was informed that the funding application was successful, and the State Government is progressing that project through a consultant.
It is excellent to see such a tangible outcome from our work, and reaffirms the importance of SARC’s efforts towards creating positive change for a more just Tasmania.
You can download the full discussion paper from our website.
Re-run of SBS TV show co-hosted by SARC Researcher
SARC Researcher and author of our most recent research report, Too Hard? Vulnerable Teens in Tasmania, Dr Catherine Robinson, co-hosts the TV series Filthy Rich and Homeless on SBS.
The series follows five wealthy Australians who swap their privileged lifestyles for ten days and nights living on the streets of Melbourne. The show aims to challenge preconceptions about homeless people and raise awareness about the plight of more than 100,000 Australians who are currently homeless.
To learn more about the show and the experience of homelessness, you can read Catherine’s article, Homelessness: The real housing crisis gripping Australia here.
The publication features contributions from two SARC researchers. Lindsey Moffatt co-authored a piece on Housing Related Poverty and Homelessness in Tasmania, with Andrea Young from Shelter Tasmania. The article discusses data collected from Anglicare Tasmania’s Rental Affordability Snapshot and makes the case that affordable and secure housing provides an essential foundation for a decent life. Dr Catherine Robinson’s article, Porn or pedagogy?, An interview on Filthy Rich and Homeless discusses Catherine’s experience co-hosting the SBS TV series Filthy Rich and Homeless which is currently re-airing on SBS Viceland, Thursdays 24 and 31 August at 8:30pm.
SARC was pleased to be involved in the national launch of this edition of Parity, held in Hobart on 4 August. SARC Manager, Meg Webb, participated in a panel discussion which was moderated by Catherine Robinson.
SARC joins The Home Stretch Campaign
Young people in state care should have a place they call home and support until the age of 21.
SARC has joined forces with The Home Stretch to campaign for reform to improve outcomes for young people leaving state care.
To learn more about the many reasons why this reform is needed visit their website.
The Home Stretch will host a launch event on Monday 4 September from 10:30 – 11:30am at the Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org
SARC supporting campaigns
The Tasmanian Human Rights Act campaign to advocate for the legislation of an Act that would enhance our level of rights protection in this state. To lend your voice to this campaign, sign the petition on their website.
Also, the Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania which calls for a planning system that is underpinned by key principles that prioritise community health and well-being, a community endorsed vision for Tasmania, transparency and independence and community involvement.
Experiences of accessing Centrelink: a case study of Anglicare clients and services
During recent months SARC worked on a piece of research which examined how changes to the ways Centrelink interacts with people and delivers our social safety net is impacting on vulnerable people who engage with them and also on the non-government services that support them.
A compelling picture emerged from this research and SARC is now in discussions with Anglicare Australia and others in our national network to explore opportunities to best use our findings in advocating for change at a Federal level.
Stay tuned for further updates on the progress of this research and advocacy.
Would Andrew Inglis Clark support a Tasmanian Human Rights Act?
SARC is a supporter of the Tasmanian Human Rights Act Campaign. This group is hosting a free public talk by Professor Henry Reynolds on Andrew Inglis Clark and his views on human rights.
To find out more about the current campaign for a Tasmanian Human Rights Act visit www.tashumanrightsact.org