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Meet the woman who spent 22 months applying for the Disability Support Pension

Luke Michael, Thursday, 18th July 2019 -  When Brianna Bell turned up at Centrelink with her wheelchair, assistance dog and carer, staff wondered how it was possible she was not yet receiving any payments.

Opinion

Housing the new infrastructure

Robert Pradolin, Thursday, 18th July 2019 -  If we aspire to be an innovative, multicultural and inclusive society, we must provide housing for all, rich or poor, writes Robert Pradolin, in this article making the case for recognising housing as key economic infrastructure.

The long path to a treaty in Qld begins. But what’s the first step?

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 17th July 2019 -  Indigenous community organisations and leaders are waiting for answers from the Queensland government on what exactly the pathway to a treaty will look like, following a historic pledge by the state government.

Wealth inequality on the rise in Australia

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 17th July 2019 -  Average household wealth in Australia has risen above $1 million, but community groups warn this comes at a time of widening economic inequality, with the wealth of low-income earners falling by almost 10 per cent.

Environment groups tell shoppers to reject return of plastic Little Shop

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 17th July 2019 -  Conservation groups are urging consumers to fight back against the relaunch of a Coles promotion which saw millions of small plastic toys given away for free.   

Opinion

The reality of the regional NDIS

Fran Connelley, Monday, 15th July 2019 -  Fran Connelley shares stories from a recent trip to central Queensland that highlight some of the NDIS-related challenges people with disabilities and service providers are facing in regional and rural Australia.

Australia joins international effort to curb ‘deplorable abuses’ in the aid sector

Luke Michael, Monday, 15th July 2019 -  Almost 30 countries including Australia have agreed to hold themselves accountable for tackling sexual abuse in the aid sector with the signing of new international standards.

‘It is time for the NDIS to catch up’: Disability advocates call to fund access to sex work

Luke Michael, Friday, 12th July 2019 -  Advocacy groups are calling for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to offer funding for sex work services after a person with a disability won the right to have a sex therapist paid for by the scheme.

‘Too important to get wrong’: Government pushes for Indigenous constitutional recognition

Luke Michael, Thursday, 11th July 2019 -  The Morrison government’s plan for Indigenous recognition in the constitution has won community sector support, but conservative forces within the Coalition are threatening to derail the proposal.      

Indigenous excellence celebrated at 2019 National NAIDOC Awards

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 10th July 2019 -  An Indigenous educator who has spent almost two decades boosting the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with qualifications has been named National NAIDOC Person of the Year.  
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