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Samantha Freestone is a career reporter with a special interest in Indo-Pacific geopolitics, sustainable financial market reporting and politics.


Upparel co-founder says Australia must take responsibility for its textile waste

Samantha Freestone, Tuesday, 4th October 2022 -  As she launches a new product to keep more textiles out of landfill, the co-founder of Upparel says Australia should be taking more responsibility for its waste. 

ACCC launches investigation into greenwashing

Samantha Freestone, Tuesday, 4th October 2022 -  The competition watchdog launches two internet sweeps to identify companies making “misleading environmental and sustainability marketing claims and fake or misleading online business reviews”.

EV Council says Electric Car Discount Bill must pass

Samantha Freestone, Thursday, 29th September 2022 -  Electric Vehicle Council CEO says subsidies bill must go through, but Senator David Pocock and the Greens say hybrids cannot be included.

Working towards a spectrum of change


Samantha Freestone, Thursday, 29th September 2022 -  Bodo Mann is focused on supporting the tech careers of young adults on the ASD spectrum. He is this week’s Changemaker.

ACCC will “not hesitate” to take enforcement action on greenwashing

Samantha Freestone, Tuesday, 20th September 2022 -   The competition watchdog is warning businesses not to claim their products and services are environmentally friendly unless they can prove it.

EXCLUSIVE: CSI report shows extent of pandemic pain, but it’s not over yet


Samantha Freestone, Tuesday, 20th September 2022 -  Charities are managing ongoing disruption to services, persistently high demand, a declining volunteer workforce and higher costs as a result of inflation in a post-pandemic world, a new report shows. 

Sector farewells Anne Kantor AO

Samantha Freestone, Monday, 19th September 2022 -  The philanthropic sector is mourning the passing of donor and activist Anne Kantor AO.

Could stoicism be the key to growing your professional value?

Samantha Freestone, Thursday, 15th September 2022 -  We all know that life, inevitably, gets in the way of our work from time to time. The key to navigating these complex moments while continuing to offer value to our employers, could be found in the wisdom of the ancients.

NFP games and sports tax exemption advice finalised

Samantha Freestone, Monday, 12th September 2022 -  Assistant commissioner of the ATO’s not for profit centre Jennifer Moltisanti says the income tax exemption draft has been finalised.
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