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


The Hidden Trauma Faced by Partners of Online Child Sex Offenders


Luke Michael, Monday, 22nd January 2018 -  Natalie Walker is the founder of PartnerSPEAK, a peer support organisation for people whose partners have viewed child abuse material. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Calls for Harsher Penalties for Leaving People with Disability in Hot Cars

Luke Michael, Thursday, 18th January 2018 -  Disability advocates have called for harsher penalties for service providers leaving vulnerable people with disabilities in cars, after reports emerged a person with disability was locked in a vehicle for more than 50 minutes in almost 40 degree heat.

People With Severe Mental Illness Struggling With NDIS Transition

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 17th January 2018 -  Concerns have been raised that people with severe mental health issues are “falling through the gaps” of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as the government has acknowledged transition problems exist for many participants of a psychosocial disabilities support program.  

Gender Pay Gap Persists for Graduates in Almost Every Field

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 17th January 2018 -  The 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey has found the gender pay gap is the lowest recorded in 40 years, but women continue to earn less than men in almost every field of study.    

Australian Philanthropists Urged to Conserve the Country’s Natural Wonders

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 16th January 2018 -  The Nature Conservancy has called on Australian philanthropists to “step up” and give generously, after the charity received its single-largest philanthropic gift ever of US$165 million (A$210 million) from a couple in California.   

Victorian Government Unveils Homelessness Action Plan

Luke Michael, Monday, 15th January 2018 -  Increased support will be given to the 1,100 Victorians sleeping rough every night, with the state government launching a $45 million homelessness action plan.         

Social Enterprise Announces $500,000 Funding for Social and Affordable Housing

Luke Michael, Monday, 15th January 2018 -  Social enterprise Homes for Homes has launched its first-ever funding round for projects that increase the supply of social and affordable housing, with $500,000 up for grabs.

Foreign Donations Bill Could be in Breach of Constitution

Luke Michael, Friday, 12th January 2018 -  The Human Rights Law Centre is examining the legality of the government’s contentious foreign donations bill and said it was “likely” the bill would face a High Court challenge in its current form.

St Vincent de Paul Warns Foreign Donations Bill Will Mute the Voice of Charities

Luke Michael, Thursday, 11th January 2018 -  The federal government’s proposed foreign donations bill will burden charities with “complex, cumbersome and costly administrative requirements” that will severely curtail frontline services and advocacy, the St Vincent de Paul Society has warned.

Sharp Rise in School Children Experiencing Homelessness

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 10th January 2018 -  There has been a 13 per cent increase in school children experiencing homelessness in Victoria, which is jeopardising their education prospects, the peak body for homelessness has warned.

2017 was a ‘Dismal’ Year for Human Rights in Australia

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 10th January 2018 -  2017 was a “dismal” year for human rights in Australia, according to a report card which found the country significantly lagged behind in areas including disability rights, Indigenous rights and the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum.

Privatisation Poses New Challenges for NFPs Managing Their Workforce

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 9th January 2018 -  As the disability and aged care sectors become increasingly privatised, not for profits face unique challenges integrating ex-government employees into their workforce, a leading not-for-profit lawyer has warned.
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