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Advocates say royal commission must #MakeItSafeToSpeak

Luke Michael, Monday, 12th October 2020 -  A new campaign aims to protect the confidentiality of people telling their stories to the disability royal commission  

‘Things need to change’: Widespread complex mental illness discrimination revealed

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 12th October 2020 -  A national program to change attitudes around complex mental illness is needed to ensure all Australians can live free from stigma, SANE Australia says. 

Youth matters

Short-term gain, long-term pain for young people

Tiana Sixsmith, Thursday, 8th October 2020 -  In a special budget edition of our Youth Matters column, Tiana Sixsmith unpacks what the federal budget means for young people.

Budget

Mental health scores unprecedented budget spend

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 8th October 2020 -  But advocates say the government missed the mark on delivering the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health 

Budget

New funding for the NDIS? What about jobs for people with disability?

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 7th October 2020 -  Advocacy organisations say the “extra $3.9 billion” reflects the natural growth of the scheme and that the budget missed an opportunity to provide accessible jobs for people with disability

Budget

Pacific funding boost to come at a cost

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 7th October 2020 -  Australia’s foreign aid budget does not go far enough to address the threat to global progress on poverty that the pandemic poses, advocates say. 

Budget

Social housing left high and dry in 2020 Budget

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 7th October 2020 -  Housing and homelessness advocates say this year’s budget was a “missed opportunity”. 

Housing all Australians

Housing vulnerable Australians means making clear choices

Brendan Coates, Monday, 5th October 2020 -  Continuing our series exploring the role that housing can and should play within Australian society, Brendan Coates shares his thoughts on why the challenge of housing vulnerable Australians is not insurmountable if governments make the tough choices

Councils sign on to help temporary visa holders

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 1st October 2020 -  There are over 2 million migrant workers, refugees, asylum seekers and international students who have been without financial support during the pandemic 

Crisis accommodation package for domestic violence survivors rolls out

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 30th September 2020 -  But advocates say organisations have been waiting for months for the additional support 
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