INCOME MANAGEMENT LEGISLATION NOT POSSIBLE UNDER NEW NATIONAL COMPACT 

Catholic Social Services Australia’s Executive Director, Frank Quinlan, said the absence of consultation in the development of new income management legislation currently before the Parliament has demonstrated the desperate need for an effective Compact between the Federal Government and community organisations. Mr Quinlan welcomed the extensive consultation with the community sector over the past two years which has led to the Compact – a principles-based document which advocates stronger, more meaningful partnerships with not-for-profit organisations. But he warned the Compact would have implications for future government policy development. In a real partnership, the Government would not introduce such sweeping and revolutionary legislation without genuine consultation with those agencies and individuals who are closest to the heart of the matter, Mr Quinlan said.

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