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Cashless Welfare Card Should be Expanded, Senate Committee Says

Luke Michael, Friday, 17th August 2018 -  The controversial cashless welfare card has had “a positive effect” on existing trial sites and should be expanded, a Senate committee believes, despite continued opposition from Labor and the Greens.  

Opinion

Not Waiting for Lighting to Strike Twice

David Crosbie, Thursday, 16th August 2018 -  For the Department of the Environment and Energy to grant over $440 million to a small charity that didn’t even prepare an application form or ask for the grant is inconceivable, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie.

Around the World

UK Government Launches Civil Society Strategy

Luke Michael, Monday, 13th August 2018 -  The UK government has launched its first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years, promising to put communities and charities “at the heart of decision-making”.

Disability Advocates Welcome Pledge to Remove NDIA Staff Cap

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 8th August 2018 -  Labor’s pledge to remove the arbitrary National Disability Insurance Agency staff cap has been welcomed by disability advocates, who say they do not want any more money spent on external contractors.

Opinion

A Dose of Reason, Perspective and Clarity

Mark Fowler, Friday, 3rd August 2018 -  Mark Fowler, a partner at Prolegis Lawyers, makes the case against reform in the debate around charity advocacy.

Record Grant to Great Barrier Reef Charity Comes Under Senate Scrutiny

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 2nd August 2018 -  The $443.8 million grant given to a small Great Barrier Reef charity has come under increasing scrutiny at a Senate inquiry, with revelations no environment department officials were present at a meeting which led to the record grant.

Opinion

Reforming or Redecorating?

David Crosbie, Thursday, 2nd August 2018 -  Public service reform in Australia seems like a constantly moving weather front, lots of clouds, the occasional flash of lightning or thunder, but bringing no rain and little change in temperature, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Cro

Catholic Education Charity Defends By-Election Advocacy

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 31st July 2018 -  A Catholic education charity which criticised the Turnbull government’s schools funding policy during a by-election campaign is confident it has not breached charity laws, despite an ongoing investigation into another Catholic education charity for

Opinion

Why NFPs Should Volunteer to File a Modern Slavery Statement

Rob Jackson, Thursday, 26th July 2018 -  Australia’s Modern Slavery Bill could become law this year so legal expert Rob Jackson tells us what not-for-profits need to know.

Special Fraud Squad to Protect NDIS from Rorts and Organised Crime

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 24th July 2018 -  A special fraud task force has been formed to protect the multi-billion dollar National Disability Insurance Scheme from rorts and the grasp of organised crime.
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