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Let’s open government to NFP expertise and citizen voice

Craig Comrie, Monday, 7th June 2021 -  At the end of another sitting week, Craig Comrie wonders what would happen if question time and estimates became opportunities not for politicians to gain one up on each other, but for an inclusive approach to community engagement. 

Opinion

Worse than failure

David Crosbie, Thursday, 3rd June 2021 -  When we reflect on what government failures around COVID-19 quarantine and the vaccination roll out mean for the charities sector, the question of how charities deal with responsibilities, targets and performance measures emerges as a fundamental iss

Happenings on the hill

A media release is NOT a budget response…

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 24th May 2021 -  Neil Pharaoh makes the case for not for profits to call it quits with their post-budget media releases. 

Embracing change, for-good: Government engagement in the post-pandemic recovery period

Jo Scard, Thursday, 22nd April 2021 -  Jo Scard, CEO + Founder of Fifty Acres, shares some insights into how social change organisations and NFPs can effectively engage policymakers and stakeholders. 

The tale of two (cash for cans) models

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 19th April 2021 -  Recycling advocates say charities in Victoria shouldn’t have to sub-contract through a private company when the state launches its first container deposit scheme

ALP pledges support for 10-point plan to strengthen the charities sector

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 1st April 2021 -  Labor says it will work closely with the sector to reimagine a new Australia  

ACNC commissioner faces Senate scrutiny over travel arrangements

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 30th March 2021 -  Senate Estimates heard that the charities commissioner cost taxpayers $36,500 in flights over a six-month period flying from his home to the ACNC main office 

Calls for criminal record reform to give vulnerable Victorians a second chance

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 16th March 2021 -  Victoria is the only state or territory in Australia that does not have a spent convictions scheme         

Opinion

It’s time to re-think the marketisation of human services

Tom McClean, Tuesday, 16th March 2021 -  For the last 30 years there has been a bi-partisan belief in the virtue of markets as a force for good for people. But there is now strong evidence to suggest such a wholesale approach is flawed, write Doug Taylor and Dr Tom McClean.

Happenings on the hill

What does the WA election mean for the year ahead?

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 15th March 2021 -  We can expect the federal government to pay a bit more attention to WA, but so too should social purpose organisations, writes Neil Pharaoh.
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