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The importance of investing in education

Bruce Argyle, Thursday, 6th May 2021 -  Education is a powerful antidote to inequality. Yet, inequalities are preventing some people from accessing an affordable education. This is why Bendigo and Adelaide Bank developed its scholarship program, writes Bruce Argyle.

Victorian charities band together to fight LGBTIQ+ discrimination

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 5th May 2021 -  The group is pushing for the Victorian government to also commit to ending LGBTIQ+ inequalities

Opinion

Accessibility becomes the new standard

Di Winkler, Wednesday, 5th May 2021 -  Australia’s building ministers have decided to include accessible design features in the National Construction Code. Di Winkler and Peter Mulherin look at what that means.

Opinion

Privately-funded equipment is the backbone of MND support as we wait years for equal funding

Kate Johnson, Wednesday, 5th May 2021 -  Coinciding with Motor Neuron Awareness Week, MND Victoria CEO Kate Johnson is urgently calling for more equipment support while the sector waits for royal commission changes.

Advocates perplexed over government’s independent assessments plan

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 4th May 2021 -  Amid ongoing plans to reshape the NDIS, disability groups are looking to reset relations with the government 

Vulnerable renters left behind in growing affordability crisis

Luke Michael, Thursday, 29th April 2021 -  New research reveals rental affordability in Australia is getting worse

Opinion

Only accessible housing will meet the needs of an ageing population

Di Winkler, Wednesday, 28th April 2021 -  This Friday, Australia’s Building Ministers will choose whether accessibility standards will be voluntary or mandatory in the 2022 National Construction Code. Di Winkler and Peter Mulherin explain why mandatory standards will future-proof Australia

Mapping First Nations advocacy

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 28th April 2021 -  An Indigenous led project will lay out what’s needed to help strengthen First Nations advocacy  

COSS Corner

A two-speed recovery, living without the basics and vaccine roll outs

Contributor, Wednesday, 28th April 2021 -  All the latest news from the Councils of Social Service of Australia.

Housing all Australians

The need for clear rules on accessible housing

Ben Gauntlett, Monday, 26th April 2021 -  It is not enough that governments give someone a roof over their head and ignore their other needs. Housing must be adequate and appropriately designed for a person’s circumstances,  writes Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett.
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