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

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Calls to Overhaul NDIS to Better Accommodate Indigenous Australians

Luke Michael, Monday, 5th February 2018 -  A First Peoples advocacy group has called for an overhaul of the National Disability Insurance Scheme to better accommodate Indigenous people, after a study found ill-health and disability were driving psychological distress in older Indigenous Australians.

The Power of Cricket to Help People with Disability

Changemaker

Luke Michael, Monday, 5th February 2018 -  Jason Schmidt is the southern coordinator for the Special Olympics, and has launched initiatives to get people with disability playing cricket. He is this week’s Changemaker.

Calls for Ban on Gambling Donations to Political Parties

Luke Michael, Friday, 2nd February 2018 -  The Alliance for Gambling Reform has called for a complete ban on political donations by licensed gambling operators, after newly released disclosures revealed the gambling industry donated at least $1.5 million to the major parties in 2016-17.   

First Commissioner for Aboriginal Children Steps Down

Luke Michael, Thursday, 1st February 2018 -  Indigenous organisations have hailed Australia’s first commissioner for Aboriginal children a “fearless advocate” as he steps down from the role.

Call for Charities to be Exempt From Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 31st January 2018 -  A not-for-profit peak body and the Law Council of Australia have called for charities to be exempt from a proposed Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme, with fears the legislation could impose criminal penalties on non-compliant charities receiving overseas support.        

New Report Highlights NDIS Gaps for People With Severe Mental Illness

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 31st January 2018 -  A new report has warned that the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme will leave many people with psychosocial disability without appropriate mental health support.

IPA Echoes Charity Sector Push to Redraft Foreign Donations Bill

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th January 2018 -  The Institute of Public Affairs has echoed the social sector’s push to completely redraft the foreign donations bill, with the right-wing think tank labelling the legislation an “unnecessary red tape burden on charities”.

Companies and Charities Come Together to Inspire Better Corporate Giving

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th January 2018 -  A number of leading companies, charities and government agencies will join together to try and inspire more and better corporate giving at scale, at an innovation think-tank event to be held in Sydney this week.    

Charity Sector Welcomes Gary Johns Comments on Foreign Donations Bill

Luke Michael, Monday, 29th January 2018 -  The social sector has welcomed comments from Dr Gary Johns on the foreign donations bill, with the charities commissioner voicing concerns the proposed legislation will “place a further regulatory burden on charities” and inhibit their ability to advocate.

Blockchain Smart Contracts Could Shape Future of Impact Investing

Luke Michael, Monday, 29th January 2018 -  Blockchain smart contracts for funding based on verified social impact could shape the future of impact investing and social impact bonds, according to the founders of a tech company launching an Australian-first smart contracts pilot program.

A Vision for a Culturally Confident Aboriginal Community

Changemaker

Luke Michael, Monday, 29th January 2018 -  Ian Hamm has just been appointed CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), after more than 30 years’ experience working with the Indigenous community. He is this week’s Changemaker.

Frustrations Remain with NDIS Implementation in South Australia

Luke Michael, Thursday, 25th January 2018 -  Disability advocates remain frustrated with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in South Australia, despite the federal government making an “extremely overdue” announcement that $72 million would be provided for frontline NDIS services across the state.
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