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Calls to Remove ‘Blanket Religious Exemptions’ for Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael, Friday, 16th February 2018 -  Two prominent legal charities have urged a Religious Freedom Review panel to support the LGBTI community, by narrowing “the blanket religious exemptions which allow religious organisations to discriminate”.  

Opinion

Three Billboards on the Road Back to Where We Came From

Michael Dillon, Thursday, 15th February 2018 -  Michael Dillon from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research offers three “billboards” with updates on the remote housing “fiasco”.

Opinion

Sorry – Again!

David Crosbie, Thursday, 15th February 2018 -  Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie reflects on the Australian Reconciliation Convention in 1997, and the progress, or lack thereof, that has been made since to close the gap.

Cashless Debit Card Trial to Be Expanded to New Region

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th February 2018 -  The federal government’s controversial cashless debit card will be expanded to welfare participants in Western Australia's Goldfields region, after legislation passed extending the trial until mid-2019.

ACOSS Says Government Faces ‘Choice’ to Either Fund Services or Cut Taxes

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 13th February 2018 -  Australia’s welfare peak body has urged the government to strongly invest in social services in the upcoming federal budget, rather than introducing “unjustified” tax cuts.

Annual Report Finds Government Still Struggling to Close the Gap

Luke Michael, Monday, 12th February 2018 -  The prime minister’s annual Closing the Gap report has revealed only three out of seven targets are "on track", 10 years after the policy was launched to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Advisory Board Warns There is No Need to Change ACNC Legislation

Luke Michael, Friday, 9th February 2018 -  The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s independent advisory board has warned a review panel there is no need to change ACNC legislation, three weeks after the charities regulator asked the panel to consider adding two new objects

Government Accused of Undermining Australia’s Charities

Wendy Williams, Friday, 9th February 2018 -  The government is undermining Australia’s charities, the shadow minister for charities and not for profits has claimed.

Review Finds Government’s Closing the Gap Policy Has ‘Fallen Apart’

Luke Michael, Thursday, 8th February 2018 -  The federal government’s Closing the Gap policy has “all but fallen apart” due to extensive funding cuts and political instability, a 10-year review into the strategy has found.

Opinion

Listen to Abuse Survivors and Advocates to Clear the Way to a National Redress Scheme

Contributor, Thursday, 8th February 2018 -  It’s time to end the political games and fulfil the mandate of the royal commission, writes Kathleen Daly, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, in this article which first appeared in The Conversation.
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