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Don Dale Royal Commission Demands Sweeping Change – Is There Political Will to Make it Happen?

Contributor, Tuesday, 21st November 2017 -  A positive outcome from the commission will require political will and leadership to respond effectively to broader systemic issues, write Sophie Russell and Chris Cunneen from UNSW, in this article which first appeared in The Conversation.

NFP Coalition Calls For National Action on Youth Justice

Luke Michael, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  Nearly 100 organisations across Australia have released an open statement to political leaders calling for national action to reform the nation’s youth justice systems, in wake of the findings from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Deten

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has appointed three new members to its advisory board, but concerns have been raised in the sector around the lack of clarity with these appointments.

Royal Commission Demands Action in Wake of Shocking and Systemic Failures

Wendy Williams, Friday, 17th November 2017 -  The social sector is calling for immediate action to keep vulnerable children out of prison after the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, revealed “shocking and systemic failures”.

Campaigners Say Same Sex Marriage Bill Must Protect LGBTI Australians

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 15th November 2017 -  The Australian Parliament must move swiftly to introduce legislation that legalises marriage equality while preserving important anti-discrimination protections for LGBTI Australians, according to the Law Council of Australia and “yes” campaigner

Australia Votes Overwhelmingly Yes for Same Sex Marriage

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 15th November 2017 -  Australians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of same sex marriage with the yes vote winning more than 60 per cent of votes.

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael, Monday, 13th November 2017 -  The draft of a conservative marriage equality bill has been released, offering stronger religious freedom protections for faith-based charities - but critics say the bill, which would amend the Charities Act 2013, would allow religious charities to d

UN Slams Australia For Marriage Postal Survey and Refugee Treatment

Luke Michael, Friday, 10th November 2017 -  The United Nations Human Rights Committee has slammed the Australian government for the same-sex marriage postal survey and its treatment of asylum seekers – just weeks after Australia was elected to the UN’s Human Rights Council.   

World’s Biggest Mining Company Sides with Enviro Groups in Advocacy Standoff

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 9th November 2017 -  Environmental groups have welcomed an announcement by the world's biggest mining company that it will not support a push to strip environmental groups of their right to advocate.

Government Called to Remedy “Abysmally Low” Welfare Payments

Luke Michael, Thursday, 9th November 2017 -  Prominent Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer, Father Frank Brennan, has called on Australia’s political leaders to remedy “abysmally low” Newstart and Youth Allowance payments, which he said have set the nation on a path of growing inequalit
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