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Legal Assistance Sector Facing Federal Budget Disaster

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 23rd March 2017 -  Even with the average Australian lawyer contributing a full week of work every year for free, it’s not enough to fix Australia’s legal assistance funding crisis, which is set to dramatically deepen after the federal budget, the legal peak body ha

Disability Groups Unite Against Mobility Allowance Cuts

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 21st March 2017 -  Disability groups across the country have united in protest against proposed cuts that could leave people with disability without access to transport.

Arts Sector Cautiously Optimistic About New Funding Arrangement

Ellie Cooper, Monday, 20th March 2017 -  The arts sector has welcomed the government’s return of $61 million from the heavily criticised Catalyst fund back to the Australia Council.

Report Shows Way Forward for Closing the Gap

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 16th March 2017 -  Australian governments at all levels are failing Australia’s First Peoples, but there is “a way forward”, according to a new report released to mark National Close the Gap Day.

Social Justice Issues Remain High as Labor Sweeps into Power in WA

Lina Caneva, Sunday, 12th March 2017 -  Social justice issues remain a major concern in Western Australia despite the Labor party’s landslide election victory at the weekend, according to the social services sector in that state.

Government Moves Forward on Affordable Housing

Wendy Williams, Friday, 10th March 2017 -  A new affordable housing plan to assist renters and those on lower incomes in accessing community housing has been given the green light by the federal government.

Centrelink Auto-Debt Recovery Warnings Ignored

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 8th March 2017 -  A senate inquiry into Centrelink’s controversial auto-debt recovery from welfare recipients has been told the system created a serious climate of fear and distress and the federal government ignored warnings about its impact.

WA NDIS: Comparability Critical for West Success

Alison Blake, Wednesday, 8th March 2017 -  Regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s state election in Western Australia, there will be continuing close scrutiny of the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in that state.

Disability Groups Slam Govt for Scrapping Royal Commission Into Abuse

Ellie Cooper, Monday, 6th March 2017 -  The federal government’s decision to rule out a royal commission into violence and abuse against people with disability has been condemned by an alliance of disability advocacy groups.

Thousands Call on Govt to Look Beyond Our Borders

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 28th February 2017 -  Australia’s aid and development organisations have sent an “undeniable message” to the foreign minister calling on the government to confront challenges beyond our borders.
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