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Charity Sector Speaks Out Against FITS Bill

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th June 2018 -  The charity sector has voiced its concerns about the government’s Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (FITS) Bill at a Parliamentary Joint Committee hearing, warning of the legislation’s “unnecessary and harmful impacts” on Australian chari

Charity Sector Draws ‘Line in the Sand’ with Foreign Interference Legislation

Luke Michael, Friday, 15th June 2018 -  The Australian charity sector has “drawn a line in the sand” and demanded that any foreign interference legislation meets a number of principles to protect issues-based advocacy.

Victorian Opposition Commits to Trial Extending State Care

Luke Michael, Thursday, 14th June 2018 -  The Victorian opposition leader has promised to trial the extension of state care from 18 to 21 if successful at the upcoming state election, putting pressure on the state government to reform Victoria’s care system.

Opinion

Government Response to Child Abuse Royal Commission is Positive, But Will Need to Go Beyond an Apology

Contributor, Wednesday, 13th June 2018 -  Apologies without action become empty words, writes Timothy W. Jones, senior lecturer in history at La Trobe University, in this article which first appeared in The Conversation.

Welfare Advocates Push Back Against ‘Divisive’ Migrants Bill

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 12th June 2018 -  An alliance of more than 30 peak bodies and welfare groups have called on the Senate to reject legislation which would force new migrants to wait four years to access various social security payments.

Opinion

Government Needs to Slow Down on Changes to Spying and Foreign Interference Laws

Contributor, Tuesday, 12th June 2018 -  More time is needed to review the proposed amendments to the government’s foreign interference legislation, writes La Trobe University Adjunct Professor Tony Walker, in this piece originally published in The Conversation.

Around the World

Report Shines Light on The ‘Chilling Reality’ of UK Lobbying Act

Wendy Williams, Friday, 8th June 2018 -  The UK Lobbying Act has concretely affected charities and voluntary organisations, and has seen people’s voices go missing from the political debate, a new report has shown.

Senate Committee Says Further Regulatory Burden on Charities Unnecessary

Luke Michael, Thursday, 7th June 2018 -  A Senate committee report into the political influence of donations has stated there is “no justification” for imposing a further regulatory burden on charities, but Coalition Senators have expressed concerns that “politically-active charities

Opinion

Electoral Reform – In Whose Interest?

David Crosbie, Thursday, 7th June 2018 -  The government approach to electoral reform is not about good policy or real reform, it is about maintaining and extending political advantage, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie.

More than 80,000 Victorians on Social Housing Waiting List

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 6th June 2018 -  A parliamentary inquiry has revealed that more than 80,000 Victorians are on the social housing waiting list, with debate raging over the best way to alleviate the crisis.
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