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Stories behind the payments: Week of action hopes to raise the rate

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 16th July 2019 -  Bev’s life goal is to complete her bachelor’s degree in social sciences and psychology. But as a single mother surviving on Newstart payments, that dream often feels very far away. 

‘Too expensive, too risky, too unfair’: Tax cuts under fire following Grattan report

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 -  The final stage of the Coalition's $158 billion tax cut plan would make Australia’s tax system less progressive than it’s been since the 1950s, a new report says.

Making your government engagement happen – The doing thing

Jo Scard, Thursday, 27th June 2019 -  Jo Scard offers advice on the “doing bits” of making your government engagement happen.

ACOSS warns against government’s ‘unprecedented’ tax cuts

Luke Michael, Monday, 24th June 2019 -  The Morrison government’s plan to give people on $200,000 a tax cut of $11,000 a year will guarantee funding cuts to essential services and hurt society’s most vulnerable, the Australian Council of Social Service says.   

NSW community groups facing an uncertain future

Luke Michael, Monday, 24th June 2019 -  Community organisations in New South Wales could be forced to choose between cutting staff or closing altogether because of measures in the state budget, sector advocates believe.  

Welfare automation prioritises ‘efficiency over human rights’

Luke Michael, Monday, 17th June 2019 -  The automation of welfare services in Australia risks pushing vulnerable families deeper into poverty, the United Nations has heard.  

Government engagement – recalibrate and start with the vision

Jo Scard, Thursday, 13th June 2019 -  Now is the time for the sector to regroup and set some goals for a new government engagement strategy, writes Fifty Acres founder and CEO Jo Scard.

Opinion

How good is New Zealand’s budget?

David Crosbie, Thursday, 6th June 2019 -  New Zealand has shown how government can shift from previous budget practices to focus more on measures that reflect the reality of people’s lives, writes Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie.

Opinion

A fairer tax system?

Joe Zabar, Tuesday, 4th June 2019 -  However you look at it, $158 billion in forgone revenue from the government’s ambitious tax cut program will impact the government’s capacity to meet the needs of Australians, writes Joe Zabar, director of economic policy and deputy CEO of Cathol

Familiar faces remain in Labor’s shadow ministry ‘refresh’

Luke Michael, Monday, 3rd June 2019 -  Former opposition leader Bill Shorten has been appointed shadow minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Labor’s new-look shadow cabinet, while Andrew Leigh will continue to work with the charity sector as shadow assistant minister.
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