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Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.


Fighting loneliness one click at a time


Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 9th April 2019 -  Loneliness and isolation in seniors is a growing problem around the world, with research showing it can lead to early death, heart conditions and stroke. But Melbourne tech company Lumin has created a device that could be a solution to the problem, writes Maggie Coggan in this month’s Spotlight on Social Enterprise.  

Disability groups call for conflicting commissioners to step down


Maggie Coggan, Monday, 8th April 2019 -  Disability groups are demanding two commissioners for the newly announced disability royal commission step down for the “good of people with disability”.

Government urged to act on impact investment


Maggie Coggan, Monday, 8th April 2019 -  Peak impact investing groups are warning Australia will fall behind globally if the federal government doesn’t pick up the pace on scaling the nation’s impact investment market.  

Stronger together: The collective fight for a fairer future


Maggie Coggan, Monday, 8th April 2019 -  Renee Carr is CEO and founder of Fair Agenda, a community-led organisation fighting hard for a fairer and more equal future for women. She’s this week’s Changemaker.

An (unlikely) friend in need

A Lighter Note

Maggie Coggan, Saturday, 6th April 2019 -  When 73-year-old Rose was paired with 14-year-old Dominic as his mentor, she knew she could make a difference in his life. But what she didn’t realise was the difference he would make in her life, or that it would result in an unlikely friendship.

Missing link in the gig economy


Maggie Coggan, Friday, 5th April 2019 -  While the gig economy has become increasingly popular in the last five years, transparency and working conditions remain blurry, something an online hub is now fighting to change.

Virtual counsellor steps in to help out on suicide hotline


Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 4th April 2019 -  One of Australia’s largest suicide helplines is trialing a virtual counsellor as the first point of call for people accessing the site, in a bid to make the service faster and easier to access.  

Environment groups slam budget for climate inaction


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 -  Environment spending has been labelled pointless by conservation groups in this year’s federal budget, with calculations showing for every dollar spent on the environment, $4 will be spent on subsidising pollution.  

Infrastructure wins big, but housing left behind


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 -  Despite infrastructure coming out as one of this year’s federal budget big winners, spending around social and affordable housing barely made mention, leaving community housing and homelessness groups reeling.

NT housing groups breathe a sigh of relief over remote housing deal


Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 -  A prolonged remote housing battle between the federal and Northern Territory governments has been finalised, with NT land councils and social housing groups labelling the news as a step towards solving the overcrowding crisis.

Australians generosity revealed


Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 -  Australians upped charitable giving by over half a billion dollars from 2015 to 2017, Australian Tax Office figures have revealed.  

LGBTQI+ group call to abolish birth certificate barriers


Maggie Coggan, Monday, 1st April 2019 -  To mark Trans Day of Visibility, an Australian LGBTQI+ advocacy group has launched a campaign calling on states and territories to eliminate barriers for gender diverse people updating their birth certificate gender.
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