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Media Release: NT Election-Candidates respond to NTCOSS Election Asks

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Media Release: NT Election-Candidates respond to NTCOSS Election Asks

ALP and CLP commit to outsourcing Out of Home Care Services to NGO sector, but no consensus on Cost of Living and Justice issues in the NT….. The Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) has today released the responses to its 4 election asks from ALP, CLP, Greens, Delia Lawrie, and Robyn Lambley. NTCOSS sent 2016 NT Election Asksto key candidates, seeking responses and commitments. These Asks are critical to assisting those experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage in the Northern Territory and are built around four...

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NTCOSS Media Release – NT Election Asks Forum

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

NTCOSS Media Release – NT Election Asks Forum

Improving the wellbeing of children and families in the Northern Territory goes a long way to ensuring the growth of the NT both socially and economically. The lead up to the upcoming Northern Territory is an important time to determine where parties and candidates stand on specific issues of concern….. NTCOSS has sent 4 key election asks to key candidates, seeking responses and commitments. These asks are critical to assisting those experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage in the Northern Territory and are built around four policy...

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Media Release: NTCOSS response to 4 Corners’ report.

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Media Release: NTCOSS response to 4 Corners’ report.

Shocking 4 Corners story highlights human rights violations in broken NT justice system. NTCOSS calls for immediate dismissal of Minister Elferink and outlawing of inhumane use of restraints. The footage on ABC TV’s 4 Corners program last night was nothing short of deeply disturbing and utterly shocking. Firstly, we must acknowledge the bravery and integrity of the people who spoke out and exposed what is a shameful and broken system to 4 Corners. We must too note that there were many reviews and reports that were not acted upon in the lead...

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Media Release-NTCOSS Ten Year Snapshot of Cost of Living Changes in the NT

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Media Release-NTCOSS Ten Year Snapshot of Cost of Living Changes in the NT

A new report by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) reveals that cost of living pressures have increased markedly in a number of key areas over the past decade….The 12th NTCOSS Cost of Living Report, released today, reveals electricity, water, insurance, rent prices, education and health costs have all gone up well above the generic CPI (‘All groups’) for Darwin of 30% for the last ten years. Electricity prices have risen by 86%, water by 154% and insurance by 72%. Rent prices have risen by 66%, education by 53%,...

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Prevention, early intervention missing from NT Budget

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Prevention, early intervention missing from NT Budget

Today’s Northern Territory Budget has failed to focus on early intervention and prevention strategies in health, corrections and child and family welfare. The Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS)is concerned that preventive programs have been undervalued and the government’s Budget does not provide strategic measures in family support, mental health and youth justice to support the NT’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people. NTCOSS notes allocations of small funds for social housing and homelessness programs, but is...

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Media Release – NTCOSS Cost of Living Report No.11- Benefits of low CPI not all seen remotely

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Media Release – NTCOSS Cost of Living Report No.11- Benefits of low CPI not all seen remotely

 A new report by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) shows Darwin’s CPI over the past year has been low at only 0.5%, compared with the national rise of 1.7%, though the last two quarters for Darwin (0.3% and 0.4%) are higher than the two quarters prior (0.0% and -0.2%). The 11th NT Cost of Living Report, released today, reveals clothing (-02%), rent (-2.7%) and overall transport prices (-2.6%) in Darwin all went down, and the CPI for food was 0.0% in Darwin over the past year. The main reason for the fall in the costs...

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Media Release – NTCOSS Cost of Living Report No.11- Benefits of low CPI not all seen remotely

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Media Releases, News and Events | 0 comments

Media Release – NTCOSS Cost of Living Report No.11- Benefits of low CPI not all seen remotely

A new report by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) shows Darwin’s CPI over the past year has been low at only 0.5%, compared with the national rise of 1.7%, though the last two quarters for Darwin (0.3% and 0.4%) are higher than the two quarters prior (0.0% and -0.2%)….. The 11th NT Cost of Living Report, released today, reveals clothing (-02%), rent (-2.7%) and overall transport prices (-2.6%) in Darwin all went down, and the CPI for food was 0.0% in Darwin over the past year. The main reason for the fall in the...

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Media Release – NT Justice Coalition calls for bus service to NT prisons

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Making Justice Work (MJW) is a coalition of community organisations with a common interest in effective responses to crime in the Northern Territory. The coalition calls on the NT Government to reinstate a bus service to Darwin and Alice Springs prison. MJW Top End spokesperson Sandra Cannon said, “A bus service was a condition of the prison’s construction, but since the centre became operational both the Department of Transport and Department of Corrections have refused to accept responsibility for this.”[1]  “Making Justice Work is keen to...

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Media Release:NT Justice Coalition commends NT Government’s Justice Targets

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Making Justice Work is a coalition of community organisations with a common interest in effective responses to crime in the Northern Territory. Coalition spokesperson Wendy Morton commends the ambitious justice targets in the NT Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Strategy.i “These targets are consistent with the published Making Justice Work principles” explained Ms Morton. Ms Morton said “The cost to Territorians of achieving these targets will see a big saving in Territory budgets that can be better spent on education and...

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