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Category Archives: Australian politics

Options cover October 2018

 

The October issue of the quarterly Australian Options is out this week. Here are a few of the cartoons illustrating the far more substantial articles on democracy, inequity, tax and gender, the concept of The Common, urban policy and more.

 

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Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon. The federal government has recently increased the participation requirements jobseekers must fulfil to continue their income support. In particular, this affects older jobseekers who now need to do more hours per fortnight PAID voluntary work. As a result they are cutting back on their (unpaid) volunteer hours – and searching for paid volunteer work – to meet the half paid/half unpaid requirement. In turn this significantly impacts charities and not-for-profits who rely on (unpaid) volunteers. Confused? For more about a getting-even-more-complex system see  Welfare Changes Causing Anxiety for Jobseekers on the Pro Bono website.

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Last week’s Pro Bono news cartoon: the Government announces a Royal Commission into aged care quality and safety.

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How much does Australia spend on foreign aid? Not quite as much as we think. For the fifth most prosperous country in the OECD we rank 21st in generosity. Read more here on the Pro Bono website. Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

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Today’s Pro Bono news Kneebone cartoon. Welfare advocates are calling for proposed legislation which would force new migrants to wait four years before they could access social security benefits to be rejected. Read the post here.

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A new report renews calls to raise welfare payments.Today’s Pro Bono news Kneebone cartoon

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Australian Options – cartoons from the March quarterly issue. One focus is on the Australian government’s dismissal of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.  The Statement was issued by the Referendum Council on behalf of 227 First Nations delegates, ‘the most proportionately significant consultation process that has ever been undertaken with First Peoples’.

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The Australian Not-For-Profit sector is larger than Australia’s agriculture sector, it employs more than each of the retail, mining, manufacturing and construction sectors. Unlike these sectors it lacks a champion within the Australian  government, as Krystian Seibert argues, ‘It’s time we had a not-for-profit sector ombudsman’.  This week’s Pro Bono news Kneebone cartoon.

 

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The Senate is urged to reject the Welfare Reform Bill. Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

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‘Australian charities are self-silencing for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution’, today’s Pro Bono news cartoon.