Policy / Government


04 February 2016

Australian international aid and community sector organisations have united behind churches across Australia that have offered to open their doors to asylum seekers that may be sent back to offshore detention centres.

04 February 2016

Children’s aid agency Save the Children has called on other Not for Profit organisations to get behind a campaign to stop children being sent back to immigration detention following the recent High Court decision.

03 February 2016

The High Court of Australia has found the Australian Government did act lawfully and can send asylum seekers back to immigration detention on Nauru.

03 February 2016

Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has used parliamentary privilege to call for the Australian of the Year and former head of the army, David Morrison, to resign over alleged abuse cover-ups in the Australian Defence Force.

02 February 2016

Spending on mental health services in Australia has hit $8 billion, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

02 February 2016

Australia’s tax office has received an average of more than five applications every day from charities wanting to be allowed to receive tax deductible gifts.

02 February 2016

For a “conventional” and “safe” choice, the appointment of David Morrison as Australian of the Year has stirred up a significant amount of controversy. But his latest public appearance has shown that, regardless of background, he is a powerful diversity advocate, writes Pro Bono Australia journalist Xavier Smerdon.

02 February 2016

Independent Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus wants a parliamentary inquiry to investigate the creation of a national strategy to reduce alcohol fuelled violence.

01 February 2016

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised to crack down on “unscrupulous employers” who exploit workers.

01 February 2016

The Australian Government has revealed the 11 successful organisations that will help young people and early school leavers become ready for work under the first round of the new Transition to Work program.

01 February 2016

A recipient of an Australia Day 2016 honour, Diana Abdel-Rahman has spent most of her life volunteering for the community. Abdel-Rahman is this week’s Changemaker. She spoke to Xavier Smerdon.

29 January 2016

The Federal Government has announced it will develop a national approach to redress for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, including financial compensation.

29 January 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a new mobile website that will connect homeless people, or those that are at risk of being homeless, with service providers.

28 January 2016

The Australian Greens will move to stop the introduction of the cashless welfare card trial set for Ceduna in South Australia, when Parliament returns next week.

28 January 2016

The disability sector has called for a permanent solution to NDIS funding, acknowledging that the current model is insufficient as the Federal Government looks to generate $5 billion in budget savings this year to finance the insurance scheme.

28 January 2016

Seven animal protection charities have joined together to urge the Federal Government to ban animal tested cosmetics in Australia.

27 January 2016

The New South Wales Government has launched a new social housing program which will leverage the private sector to help create up to 23,000 homes and generate $22 billion in construction.

26 January 2016

Indigenous Australians and supporters will take part in Invasion Day marches in several capital cities today in opposition to the national holiday – a day they describe as a national day of mourning.

25 January 2016

Cate McGregor’s nomination for Australian of the Year was a shining moment for the transgender community in Australia. But discrimination against trans Australians is still commonplace, and even enshrined in law. Xavier Smerdon investigates.

25 January 2016

The Queensland financial counselling sector is predicting “a financial storm of Yasi proportions” will wipe out up to 1,500 jobs in the wake of news that Clive Palmer will lay off 237 workers at his Queensland Nickel refinery.

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