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

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PM Stalls Disability Royal Commission

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 27th February 2019 -  Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under fire for delaying calling a royal commission into the abuse of people with disability until he garners support from the states and territories.

Women Making Clothes for Australians Trapped in Poverty

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 27th February 2019 -  Oxfam is demanding that Australian fashion brands commit to paying all workers in their supply chains a living wage, after the aid group found women in Bangladesh and Vietnam were making clothes for just 51 cents an hour.

Experts Concerned as Fewer Australians Give to Charity

Luke Michael, Monday, 25th February 2019 -  The percentage of Australians donating to charity is falling, according to new research that experts say highlights a need for different giving strategies in the sector.

Labor Backs Calls to Support Financial Counselling Services

Luke Michael, Monday, 25th February 2019 -  Labor has pledged to double the number of community-based financial counsellors in Australia through a $640 million Banking Fairness Fund if it wins the upcoming federal election.

Disability Groups Weary as DSP Appeals Skyrocket

Luke Michael, Friday, 22nd February 2019 -  Disability advocates are deeply concerned by an almost 80 per cent increase in Disability Support Pension appeals, warning that vulnerable people are being incorrectly forced onto lower benefit payments.

‘Forgotten’ Refugees With Disability Waiting Months for Basic Services

Luke Michael, Friday, 22nd February 2019 -  A woman arrives in Australia. She is a refugee. She has a disability. She discovers there is no suitable home for her to stay. Instead, she and her family are placed in short-term accommodation without facilities to support her basic needs. They are forced to take desperate measures.

Disability Services Fighting to Stay Afloat

Luke Michael, Thursday, 21st February 2019 -  Disability providers are struggling to meet the needs of their clients under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to a new report that warns the sustainability of the sector is at risk.

GetUp Ruling to Protect Issues-based Advocacy by Charities

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 20th February 2019 -  An Australian Electoral Commission ruling affirming the independence of activist group GetUp has set an important legal precedent protecting charities’ rights to engage in issues-based advocacy, community leaders say.

Demands for Jobactive Overhaul

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th February 2019 -  The government’s outsourced jobseeker program has been slammed by a Senate committee, which found the scheme did not help people find work and in some cases acted as a barrier to employment.

ACOSS Calls for $2 Billion Budget Boost for Community Services

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th February 2019 -  Australia’s community services sector needs a $2 billion a year federal funding injection to reverse major budget cuts to programs that vulnerable people rely on, the nation’s peak welfare body says.

Government Called On to Urgently Establish Disability Royal Commission

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th February 2019 -  Disability advocates are calling for a royal commission into the violence and abuse of people with disability to be set up immediately after the Morrison government threw its support behind the inquiry.

NSW Pledges to Halve Rough Sleepers by 2025

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th February 2019 -  New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has vowed to halve the number of people sleeping rough across the state by 2025, but homelessness advocates warn this cannot be done without an urgent injection of social and affordable housing.
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