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Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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Charity Sector Speaks Out Against FITS Bill

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th June 2018 -  The charity sector has voiced its concerns about the government’s Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (FITS) Bill at a Parliamentary Joint Committee hearing, warning of the legislation’s “unnecessary and harmful impacts” on Australian charities.

Australians Committed to Helping Those in Need

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th June 2018 -  An overwhelming majority of Australians are committed to doing more to help people in need with young people and women driving the charge, according to new research from Australian Red Cross.

Rural and Remote Mental Health Services in Need of Overhaul

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th June 2018 -  Mental health services in rural and remote areas needs a complete overhaul according to the National Rural Health Alliance, which has found there are only two psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in remote Australia. 

Community Sector Protests Cuts to Asylum Seeker Support Payments

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th June 2018 -  Community sector leaders have gathered in Canberra to protest cuts to asylum seeker support payments, as a new report reveals that government policy is driving people seeking asylum into destitution.

Empowering Refugee and Migrant Children in Australia

Changemaker

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th June 2018 -  Alice Wojcik is the CEO and founder of the Refugee Migrant Children Centre (RMCC), a charity helping to empower refugee and migrant children to create their own opportunities. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Charity Sector Draws ‘Line in the Sand’ with Foreign Interference Legislation

Luke Michael, Friday, 15th June 2018 -  The Australian charity sector has “drawn a line in the sand” and demanded that any foreign interference legislation meets a number of principles to protect issues-based advocacy.

Victorian Opposition Commits to Trial Extending State Care

Luke Michael, Thursday, 14th June 2018 -  The Victorian opposition leader has promised to trial the extension of state care from 18 to 21 if successful at the upcoming state election, putting pressure on the state government to reform Victoria’s care system.

Guide Dogs Victoria Embraces Digital Innovation

Luke Michael, Thursday, 14th June 2018 -  People with low vision or blindness could soon be able to cross the road at complex intersections without the assistance of a Guide Dog, thanks to a partnership between Guide Dogs Victoria and a global software consultancy.

The Need for Leadership to Address White Supremacy in the NGO Sector

Luke Michael, Thursday, 14th June 2018 -  Charities and not for profits need to show leadership to address the issue of white supremacy in the NGO sector, a prominent Aboriginal writer and activist believes.

Why the Social Sector Should Tap into People’s ‘Enormous Capacity for Empathy’

Luke Michael, Thursday, 14th June 2018 -  The social sector should tap into people’s “enormous capacity for empathy” when looking to build an effective campaign, according to one of the key figures behind Australia’s successful marriage equality campaign.

Charities Urged to Engage With Digital Technology

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 13th June 2018 -  Charities and not for profits need to engage with digital technology or “be left behind” according to Vision Australia, which has recently received more than $4 million to support a digital transformation initiative.

Welfare Advocates Push Back Against ‘Divisive’ Migrants Bill

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 12th June 2018 -  An alliance of more than 30 peak bodies and welfare groups have called on the Senate to reject legislation which would force new migrants to wait four years to access various social security payments.
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