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Vinnies backflip on Newstart compromise

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 20th August 2019 -  The St Vincent de Paul Society has backtracked on comments suggesting Newstart should only be raised for those over 55, with the charity pledging its support for a $75 increase for all recipients.

ACNC takes action on charity linked to controversial animal farm

Luke Michael, Monday, 19th August 2019 -  An organisation linked to a rescue farm that was raided for alleged animal cruelty has been stripped of its charitable status, the charities watchdog has revealed. 

Government under pressure to take action on fundraising reform

Luke Michael, Thursday, 15th August 2019 -  Labor has vowed to keep pressure on the Morrison government to urgently fix fundraising laws, warning that continued inaction is costing charities millions of dollars in red tape.  

Morrison government’s welfare fraud lab comes under fire

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 7th August 2019 -  The launch of a new digital forensics lab to detect welfare fraud has been slammed by anti-poverty advocates, who say the lab will only serve to unfairly paint welfare recipients as “dole cheats”.

ACNC commissioner reveals CLASSIE new marketplace for charities

Wendy Williams, Monday, 5th August 2019 -  The charity sector does not need new regulations or standards, just good information, says Dr Gary Johns, who announced the new ACNC Charity Marketplace will commence on 1 July 2020. 

Government shakes up process to get off the cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Thursday, 1st August 2019 -  The Morrison government is streamlining the exit process for people on the cashless welfare card, but critics say the new criteria are still “patronising and onerous”.

Pressure to boost Newstart grows with launch of Senate inquiry

Luke Michael, Thursday, 25th July 2019 -  The Senate will hold an inquiry into Newstart amid growing calls within Parliament for the payment to be increased. 

Coalition faces internal pressure to raise Newstart

Luke Michael, Monday, 22nd July 2019 -  Liberal Senator Dean Smith has joined a growing chorus of Coalition figures calling for Newstart to be raised, amid another push from the Greens to increase the payment.  

Opinion

Hey – look over here!

David Crosbie, Wednesday, 17th July 2019 -  Charities are too important to be relegated to the bottom of the government priorities pile, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie, reflecting on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s first major public speech as head of the newly-elec

Stories behind the payments: Week of action hopes to raise the rate

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 16th July 2019 -  Bev’s life goal is to complete her bachelor’s degree in social sciences and psychology. But as a single mother surviving on Newstart payments, that dream often feels very far away. 
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