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Australia’s successful refugee settlement story has reached another milestone with communities ready to welcome the last families of the additional intake of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees which was announced in 2015.
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Zed Seselja, welcomed constructive discussions on housing affordability measures in the Federal Budget during today’s Housing and Homelessness Ministers meeting in Adelaide.
The Turnbull Government will guarantee the National Disability Insurance Scheme is fully funded by legislating an additional 0.5 percentage point increase in the Medicare Levy.
As the very comprehensive work being launched today attests, giving and volunteering is an important part of Australia’s social and cultural fabric. Australians have a long record of giving both to individuals in need and to help make their communities better places to live in.
I have been interested to learn that six per cent of our charities are more than 100 years old, and on average Australian charities are more than 30 years old. That is a great testament to the dedication of the sector, and to the generosity of Australians who have supported it.
I would like to acknowledge FRSA and its member organisations for your tireless work on behalf of Australian families. Nothing is more important to a nation than the safety and wellbeing of its families and the children whom they nurture.
We all know the importance of housing, and particularly, stable housing. Stable housing remains fundamental to both social and economic security, for the individual, for families, for the nation.