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Labor Pledges to Put Affordable Housing Front and Centre of National Policy

Luke Michael, Thursday, 22nd November 2018 -  The community sector has welcomed a commitment from Labor leader Bill Shorten to prioritise affordable housing and implement a national housing strategy if elected.  

Domestic Violence Victims Offered Lifesaving Loans

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 21st November 2018 -  A charity-run interest free loan program, helping women fleeing family violence get back on their feet, has welcomed a $14.9 million boost from the federal government, which will see an additional 45,000 women gain access to the scheme.

Peak Indigenous Bodies Plead For Close the Gap Involvement

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 21st November 2018 -  Humanitarian and health not for profits have come out in support of 13 peak Indigenous bodies, who have repeated a desperate plea for more involvement in the government’s Close the Gap campaign refresh.

Concerns Over Restructure to Social Policy

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 14th November 2018 -  Labor’s promise of an overhaul to social policy making through an evaluator general has been welcomed by the sector, but some say it could be costly and not effective for programs across the board.

Foreign Aid Sector Stretched Thin Over PM Promise

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 8th November 2018 -  Members of Australia’s foreign aid sector have welcomed a promise by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to funnel money into Pacific regions, but say the foreign aid budget needs to be increased significantly.  

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Hyper-Partisan Politics, the Public Service and Charities

David Crosbie, Thursday, 8th November 2018 -  Hyper-partisan politics is ramping up the pressure on charities, according to Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie, who explains how charities can influence policy for public benefit without betraying their own ethics.  

Minister Rejects Charity Boss’s Claim That Acknowledgement of Country May Signal Bias

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 7th November 2018 -  The Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, has dismissed claims by the head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, Dr Gary Johns, that including an acknowledgement of country in an email signature indicates a bias toward In

Sector Action Needed For the ‘Climate Election’

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 31st October 2018 -  The environmental sector needs to step up efforts to ensure serious action on climate change is part of all political parties’ federal election platform, a sector leader says.

Welfare Program Dismisses Complexities of Single Motherhood

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 30th October 2018 -  Established welfare-to-work systems don’t take into account the reality of single mothers’ lives and pushes them into unstable work, a report says.  

Sector Welcomes Historic Mental Health Royal Commission

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 25th October 2018 -  The announcement of a mental health royal commission by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, if re-elected next month, is a historic moment, a sector leader says.
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