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GetUp Ruling to Protect Issues-based Advocacy by Charities

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 20th February 2019 -  An Australian Electoral Commission ruling affirming the independence of activist group GetUp has set an important legal precedent protecting charities’ rights to engage in issues-based advocacy, community leaders say.

Demands for Jobactive Overhaul

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th February 2019 -  The government’s outsourced jobseeker program has been slammed by a Senate committee, which found the scheme did not help people find work and in some cases acted as a barrier to employment.

Government Called On to Urgently Establish Disability Royal Commission

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th February 2019 -  Disability advocates are calling for a royal commission into the violence and abuse of people with disability to be set up immediately after the Morrison government threw its support behind the inquiry.

NSW Pledges to Halve Rough Sleepers by 2025

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th February 2019 -  New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has vowed to halve the number of people sleeping rough across the state by 2025, but homelessness advocates warn this cannot be done without an urgent injection of social and affordable housing.

Around the World

NZ Intellectual Disability Services Come Under Scrutiny

Luke Michael, Monday, 18th February 2019 -  New Zealand’s chief ombudsman is investigating the Ministry of Health and its services for people with intellectual disabilities amid fears vulnerable people are being unlawfully detained.

Stalled Progress Closing the Gap Prompts Refresh

Luke Michael, Thursday, 14th February 2019 -  Indigenous groups are pushing for Australia’s Closing the Gap targets to be revised in partnership with the Indigenous community after the latest progress report revealed only two of seven targets were on track.

Medivac Bill Victory a ‘Tipping Point’ For Refugee Policy in Australia

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 13th February 2019 -  Refugee advocates believe the success of the medical evacuation bill will be a tipping point for asylum seeker policy in Australia, after the opposition and crossbenchers handed the government a historic parliamentary defeat.

Report Card Uncovers Failures in Aboriginal Child Protection

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 13th February 2019 -  The New South Wales government is failing to appropriately support Aboriginal children and families, according to a report card released to mark the 11th anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations.

Domestic Violence Funding Leaves Behind Migrant and Refugee Women

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 12th February 2019 -  A $78 million investment in emergency domestic violence accommodation by the federal government has been met with mixed reviews from community groups, who say only funding certain areas of the issue will still leave women behind.

Instagram Wants to Make it Easier to Donate to Charities

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 12th February 2019 -  Australians will soon be able to donate to charities through Instagram with the social media giant revealing it is working on a new fundraising tool to support the sector.
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