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It’s a long walk to town

NTCOSS applauds Transport Minister Gerry McCarthy’s recent proposal for free public transport for all Territorians. “This action would encourage greater community involvement, and bring substantial environmental benefit by reducing the number of cars on the road and the associated pollution” said Central Australian Policy Officer for NTCOSS, Jonathan Pilbrow today.

The power of compassion

On Tuesday, NT Treasurer Delia Lawrie will deliver her second budget. This document will shape the future for thousands of vulnerable Territorians and NTCOSS Executive Director Wendy Morton has again called on the Henderson Government to remember these battlers.

Insulate health card holders from government’s electric shock

Four influential Northern Territory community groups today issued a joint statement calling on the Henderson Government to ensure that vulnerable Territorians were not plunged into poverty by excessive increases in the cost of power and water.

Battlers get an electric shock

As the harsh reality of the global financial crisis hits home, thousands of vulnerable Territorians will be relying on the NT Government to produce a budget which will help them weather the storm.


The Government’s injection of $300 million for employment services providers announced today is a welcome boost to assist people who are retrenched in the economic downturn, says the Australian Council of Social Service.


With Australia’s unemployment rate now at 5.2%, ABS figures for February show there are an extra 47,100 people looking for work. “ACOSS shares the concern of all Australians about rising unemployment. Sadly, there is likely to be dramatic upheaval in the lives of the tens of thousands of people who lost their jobs last month,“ said Clare Martin, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service.

Long-term solutions needed for alcohol misuse

A proposal to confine intoxicated people at Berrimah police cells rather than in the cells in Darwin is a band-aid idea with a dangerous downside, said Wendy Morton, Executive Director of NTCOSS today.

Community Services Under Threat

As the Northern Territory Government prepares to frame the 2009/10 budget, Wendy Morton, Executive Director of NTCOSS, today called for financial support for community organisations to assist those Territorians who will be hardest hit by the global financial crisis.

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