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

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Drought Charities Welcome ACNC Probe Following Online Abuse

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 7th November 2018 -  The two drought relief charities at the centre of a charity watchdog inquiry say they are confident the millions of dollars donated to vulnerable farmers are being managed appropriately.

$14.2 Million SIB Focuses on Housing Young People

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 7th November 2018 -  Australia’s largest social impact bond will provide $6 million of stable housing for young people leaving care to prevent them falling into homelessness.

Vulnerable Children Falling Behind in Australia, Report Warns

Luke Michael, Monday, 5th November 2018 -  Australia is failing its most vulnerable children and not making enough progress to address youth inequality, a report by the nation’s peak child rights body says.

Report Uncovers Shocking Abuse and Neglect of Adults With Disability

Luke Michael, Monday, 5th November 2018 -  Widespread abuse and neglect of adults with disability has been uncovered by the New South Wales ombudsman, with appalled disability advocates now calling for an independent public advocate to protect vulnerable people.

Ethical Trust Mark Promotes Fair Data Use For Australian Businesses

Luke Michael, Friday, 2nd November 2018 -  Australian consumers will be able to identify which companies handle personal data ethically and securely through a new consumer trust mark.

Mental Health of Jobseekers Suffers Under Government Program

Luke Michael, Friday, 2nd November 2018 -  The federal government’s outsourced jobseeker program is a “special kind of hell” for welfare recipients with mental health issues, a Senate inquiry has heard.

High Cost of Asylum Seeker Support Cuts Revealed

Luke Michael, Thursday, 1st November 2018 -  Federal government cuts to asylum seeker support payments will cost states up to $120 million a year as thousands of people are pushed into homelessness, new research warns.

Study to Seek Affordable Transport Model For People With Disability

Luke Michael, Thursday, 1st November 2018 -  Making it easier for people with disability to travel will be the focus of new research into the transport challenges posed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Australian Aid Sector Vows to Get #KidsOffNauru

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th October 2018 -  More than 120 Australian aid NGOs have vowed to ramp up efforts to get children off Nauru, as pressure mounts on the government to transfer all children remaining on the island to Australia.

Canada Set to Remove Limit on Charities’ Non-partisan Political Activities

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Luke Michael, Monday, 29th October 2018 -  The Canadian government’s move to broaden the freedom of expression for charities has been labelled a win for the nation’s charitable sector.

Disability Advocates Call For NDIS Funding Certainty

Luke Michael, Monday, 29th October 2018 -  Disability groups are demanding assurances that National Disability Insurance Scheme funding is secure and fully covered into the future, after it emerged $3.9 billion originally promised to the scheme will be redirected to fund drought relief.

Co-Ops and Mutuals Look to Compete With Big Business

Luke Michael, Friday, 26th October 2018 -  Cooperatives and mutuals will be better equipped to raise money and compete with the big banks and other investor-owned businesses under proposed new laws.
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