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 grassroots beginnings to cementing itself as one of the top political issues in the lead-up to the March election, it’s exciting to see momentum growing for pokies to be confined to casinos.
SARC also released Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania, a landmark report which went on to show just has valued, influential and important our work can be. This report explores young people’s high vulnerability as a key social justice facing Tasmania.
The Rental Affordability Snapshot continued to be an important source of information on just how hard it can be for some people to find safe, stable, and appropriate housing in Tasmania and the urgent need to increase levels of affordable housing.
SARC has also worked on a research project which examined how changes to the ways Centrelink interacts with people, primarily through automation, is impacting on vulnerable people. This went on to be transformed into a national project at the federal level with research due to be released in 2018.
Overall, it’s been a very busy year, but definitely a successful and enjoyable one. From all of us here at SARC, we thank you for taking an interest in what we do each day and in our goal to create a better life for vulnerable Tasmanians.