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‘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…

Government Resurrects Four Week Wait for Welfare

Xavier Smerdon, Wednesday, 16th September 2015 -  The Federal Government led by Malcolm Turnbull has reintroduced legislation into Parliament that would see young people refused income support for four weeks, just one week after…

Four Week Waiting Period Faces Battle in Senate

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 13th August 2015 -  The Australian social sector has called on the Senate to vote down the “harsh” Abbott Government proposal to withhold income support from young people for four weeks.…

No Evidence Forced Waiting for Dole Will Work

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 6th August 2015 -  Officials from the Department of Social Services have admitted there is no international evidence that the Abbott Government’s controversial plan to make young people wait…

Urgent Action Needed on Young People in Aged Care

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 25th June 2015 -  Urgent action is needed to dramatically improve the lives of young people with disability living in residential aged care across Australia, according to a Senate Community Affairs…

Senate Moves to Save ACNC

Xavier Smerdon, Wednesday, 24th June 2015 -  Federal Opposition parties including the powerful Senate crossbenchers have banded together to move a motion aimed at saving the national charity regulator, calling on the Government…

Senate Go Ahead for Inquiry into Students with Disability

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 18th June 2015 -  The Federal Opposition with the support of Independent MPs have secured a Senate inquiry into students with disability and their experiences in the Australian education system…

Disability Wage Assessment Legislation Passes

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 16th June 2015 -  The Federal Government’s controversial disability wage assessment legislation, the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Bill has passed the Senate but has drawn…

Charity’s Illegal Acts Under Spotlight

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 4th June 2015 -  An Australian Senator has asked the national charity regulator to investigate alleged criminal activity at one of the country's most well-known environmental organisations.…

DSS Inquiry Calls on Auditor General to Intervene

Xavier Smerdon, Thursday, 14th May 2015 -  The long awaited inquiry into the Department of Social Services tendering process has called on the Auditor General to investigate and make changes to the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines.…

Directors Call for GST Reform

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 6th May 2015 -  Company Directors from both the private sector and Not for Profit organisations have indicated their overwhelming support for significant reform of the GST, including an…
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