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Senate Vote to Increase Income Support Payments Fails

Lina Caneva, Monday, 14th August 2017 -  The Senate has voted against an increase to the Newstart and Youth Allowance payments by $110 a fortnight, with Labor voting with the Coalition to defeat the bill presented by the Australian…

Calls to Abandon Cashless Welfare Card Voted Down in Senate

Wendy Williams, Monday, 19th June 2017 -  The government, ALP and crossbench have voted down an Australian Greens senate motion calling for the controversial cashless welfare card expansion to be abandoned. The motion,

Senate Support for Legal  Assistance Funding

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 30th March 2017 -  The Senate has passed a historic motion led by the crossbenches and Labor calling for immediate action on the funding crisis affecting Australia’s legal assistance sector and…

Disability Groups Unite Against Mobility Allowance Cuts

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 21st March 2017 -  Disability groups across the country have united in protest against proposed cuts that could leave people with disability without access to transport. In a joint statement released

Plebiscite Blocked By Senate

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 8th November 2016 -  The controversial $170 million plebiscite to legalise same-sex marriage has been blocked by the senate. The proposal was voted down in the Upper House on Monday with Labor, the Greens,

Why Tony Clark Should Replace Stephen Conroy

Tricia Malowney, Tuesday, 20th September 2016 -  It’s clear that we need someone in Canberra who understands the issues that affect all Australians, including Australians with disabilities, writes systemic advocate for inclusive

Hanson Faces Backlash Over ‘Divisive’ Maiden Speech

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 15th September 2016 -  One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has come under fire for the “crude, divisive, ill-informed Islamophobic rhetoric” that formed part of her maiden speech to the Australian Senate.

Crowdfunding Bill Fails

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 20th April 2016 -  The federal government’s controversial crowd-sourced equity funding bill, which the social sector said missed the mark, has lapsed before it could be passed by the Senate. The

Senate Recommends Level Playing Field for Co-ops

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 23rd March 2016 -  The peak body for co-operatives and mutuals has welcomed the Senate inquiry report, which recommended that the sector receive more support and recognition from the Australian Government.

Students With Disability Neglected by Education System – Senate

Xavier Smerdon, Friday, 15th January 2016 -  Australia’s education system is failing students with disability, directly setting them up for a life of “diminished capacity”, according to a senate report.…

‘Invisible’ Sector Answer to Economic, Social Issues

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 4th November 2015 -  A lack of diversity and competition is holding back Australia’s economy while one of the solutions, co-operatives and mutuals, remains largely “invisible”,…

‘Devastating’ Social Service Funding Cuts Slammed

Xavier Smerdon, Friday, 18th September 2015 -  A Senate Inquiry has slammed the Department of Social Service funding process which saw cuts of $270 million and has recommended that five-year contracts be awarded to service providers…
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