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Social services minister slammed for ‘out-of-touch’ welfare comments

Luke Michael, Friday, 4th October 2019 -  Community groups are demanding Social Services Minister Anne Ruston apologise and retract comments she made suggesting that raising Newstart would give drug dealers and pub owners more money.

NSW’s abortion reforms are a win for advocacy

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 30th September 2019 -  Cross-sector collaboration and making the campaign personable were key to the successful push to decriminalise abortion in NSW, a campaign leader says. 

Opinion

Drug testing trial obscures real solution to Australia’s drug and alcohol problem

James Toomey, Monday, 30th September 2019 -  The best way to address a social issue is to eradicate the smoke and mirrors by starting with a clarifying question of “what evidence-based problem are we trying to solve?” writes James Toomey, the CEO of Mission Australia.

Opinion

We don’t need another inquiry into family law – we need action

Contributor, Monday, 23rd September 2019 -  It seems the driving force behind this new inquiry is Pauline Hanson’s recent unsupported claim that women often make up allegations of domestic violence in family courts, write Miranda Kaye and Jane Wangmann, senior lecturers at the University of

Seven deadly sins of government engagement

Andrew Blyberg, Thursday, 19th September 2019 -  Andrew Blyberg from Fifty Acres runs through some of the most common mistakes not for profits make when trying to influence politicians.

Opinion

Australia to attend climate summit empty-handed despite UN pleas to ‘come with a plan’

Contributor, Monday, 16th September 2019 -  Frank Jotzo, director of the ANU’s Centre for Climate and Energy Policy, takes stock of Australia’s progress on climate action and how we are perceived on the issue by our global peers, in this article first published in The Conversation.

Opinion

How philosophy 101 could help break the deadlock over drug testing job seekers

Contributor, Friday, 13th September 2019 -  Proposals to drug test welfare recipients may be here to stay unless there is a shift in the moral frames, writes Professor Alison Ritter, in this article first published in The Conversation.

Government urged to reject expansion of cashless welfare card

Luke Michael, Monday, 9th September 2019 -  Parliament is being urged to reject any push to expand the cashless welfare card, following reports the prime minister is eyeing a national roll out of the program.

‘A dark day for WA’: New gambling laws prompt fears of a pathway to the pokies

Wendy Williams, Monday, 9th September 2019 -  Community organisations in WA have been left bitterly disappointed after the state’s virtual gaming machine ban was relaxed to allow punters to bet on virtual racing machines.
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