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Are we outsourcing social policy to royal commissions?

Neil Pharaoh, Tuesday, 25th February 2020 -  For the social purpose sector, available opportunities to influence and guide the process of a royal commission are much narrower than in broader public advocacy. But fear not. Neil Pharaoh, shares a social purpose organisation royal commission check

Zali Steggall calls for end to the ‘climate wars’

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th February 2020 -  “Let's run a line in the sand on the past divisions we have had," Steggall says

Government ordered to respond to fundraising inquiry

Luke Michael, Thursday, 28th November 2019 -  The Senate has given the government less than a week to release its response to the report

Opinion

Policy failure – The new black?

David Crosbie, Thursday, 21st November 2019 -  With a new report presenting an indictment of government policymaking in Australia, Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie says it is time we stopped rewarding failure and insisted on better government policymaking processes.

Opinion

The government is committed to an Indigenous voice. We should give it a chance to work

Contributor, Monday, 11th November 2019 -  The co-design process is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to recast how decisions are made about Indigenous affairs, write Marcia Langton and Tom Calma, co-chairs of the Voice Co-Design Senior Advisory Group.

Hot Topic

Proposed Indigenous ‘voice’ will be to government rather than to parliament

Contributor, Thursday, 31st October 2019 -  The process will also develop ways to get more Indigenous input to state and local decisions, especially on the issue of service delivery, writes Michelle Grattan from the University of Canberra.

Australia empty handed for global climate fund

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 29th October 2019 -  “This is a key opportunity for collective, international action and it’s disappointing Australia isn’t part of it.”

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

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.

‘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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