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Disability Commissioner Future Uncertain

Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 14th July 2015 -  The Abbott Government has refused to reveal its intentions over the future of the Disability Discrimination Commissioner role, more than 12 months after the full time position was…

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…

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.…


Budget Attacks Most Vulnerable

Xavier Smerdon, Wednesday, 13th May 2015 -  The Federal Budget attacks the most vulnerable members of the Australian society, writes Greens spokesperson on Ageing and Disability Services, Rachel Siewert.   Treasurer…


Budget Must Start to Reverse Damage

Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 5th May 2015 -  With the Federal Budget just one week away, WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the social sector must continue to hold the Government to account. As the promise of a dull and uneventful…


Silencing NFP Environmental Groups No Surprise

Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 21st April 2015 -  The Federal Government’s attack on political debate and Not for Profit advocacy comers as no surprise and won’t just be limited to environmental organisations, writes


Focusing on Young People in Aged Care

Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 24th February 2015 -  With the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, there must be an established framework that focuses on housing options for young people living in aged care that are

Sector To Respond to Senate Funding Inquiry

Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 17th February 2015 -  The Not for Profit sector is preparing to make submissions to the Senate inquiry into how the Department of Social Services provides funding grants to community services brought…

UPDATE: Government Funding Delayed After Avalanche of Applications

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 23rd October 2014 -  The Federal Government has been forced to extend the current funding arrangements for more than 5000 welfare charities for up to four months as it tries to respond to an “avalanche”…

Senate Inquiry Begins Into Income Inequality

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 18th September 2014 -  The Senate Inquiry into the extent of income inequality in Australia begins public hearings in Melbourne today. Senator Rachel Siewert, Chair of the Community Affairs References…

Disability Payment Bill Report Divided

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 28th August 2014 -  A Senate Committee report into the controversial payment assessment tool for people with disability has delivered a divided verdict, with both the Labor and Greens parties providing…

Interim Report on Indigenous Recognition Released

Staff Reporter, Thursday, 17th July 2014 -  The Federal Government has moved one step closer towards Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with the release of an interim report from…
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