In a media release on Wednesday 28 January, the Rudd Government announced that it will appoint the Community Response Taskforce to advise on responses to hardships caused by the economic downturn.
The announcement follows a meeting between the Acting Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Ursula Stephens, with not-for-profit sector leaders to discuss the impact of the economic downturn on Australians.
The Taskforce will also focus on priorities for regulatory reform to enable not-for-profit organisations to focus on helping vulnerable Australians rather than expending valuable resources on managing red-tape.
The Taskforce is to hold its first meeting in late February or early March. The group will also seek a meeting with Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese to discuss how not-for-profit organisations can contribute to nation building initiatives that reduce hardship.
“Strong non profit organisations build cohesion and fairness in our community in good times and bad. The Rudd Government remains committed to a compact which builds a strong and effective partnership with this sector that works most closely with Australians suffering disadvantage, marginalisation and those who may find themselves in economic hardship for the first time.”
“The Community Response Taskforce will provide a direct line of contact between Australians doing it tough and the Rudd Government. The invaluable perspectives and advice the Taskforce will provide will enable us to implement effective responses to minimise hardship and rebuild the community strength of our nation,” said Senator Stephens.
The media release can be found at the Ministers’ Media Centre
Jan. 30, 2009
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