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Australia’s COVID response could be undermining democracy. Why is civil society staying silent?

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 13th September 2021 -  The social sector needs to find the will to drive politicians to deliver funding and policy decisions that will lead us to build back better, write Neil Pharaoh and Angus Crowther.

Looking beyond housing to create a system for home

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 15th June 2021 -  Advocates say the NFP sector has a key role to play in shifting the national debate around housing    

Creating and celebrating change at the local level

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 9th June 2021 -  “It makes me very proud to know that what we're doing, we're doing well.”

People power prevails in face of great challenges

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 31st May 2021 -  The annual CIVICUS report highlights the role of civil society and the challenges that lie ahead

Hot Topic

In a landmark judgment, the Federal Court found the environment minister has a duty of care to young people

Contributor, Friday, 28th May 2021 -  Australia has been repeatedly criticised on the global stage for its stance on new coal and climate change more generally. Now, we may find the decisions made by its environment ministers could amount to negligent conduct, writes Laura Schuijers.

The potential for transformative change and the role NFPs can play

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 19th May 2021 -  “In the NFP space, there is an additional contribution to the well-being of society that needs to be acknowledged.”

Putting democracy back in the hands of the people

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 19th May 2021 -  “Government decisions are not being made in the interests of the community and the planet, but for vested interests, such as the fossil fuel industry” 

Budget opinion

Excitement and disappointment in Australia’s first care economy budget

David Hayward, Wednesday, 12th May 2021 -  This year’s federal budget offers the biggest single injection of federal money into the care economy in living memory and brings with it an opportunity that we must not let slip away, writes Emeritus Professor David Hayward, from RMIT University.

Opinion

Is that just the way it is?

David Crosbie, Thursday, 22nd April 2021 -  The successful prosecution of a police officer in the George Floyd murder trial shows how radical change can occur in the fight against ingrained discrimination, writes David Crosbie, who says our own reckoning in Australia is yet to come.   

Opinion

Becoming an agent of systems change

David Ritter, Thursday, 25th March 2021 -  Shifting major institutions to using only clean electricity is a highly effective way of delivering systems change, writes David Ritter, who thanks all the technicians and decision-makers at the line up of massive Australian firms that are now making
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