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Category Archives: Australian politics

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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.

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Australia’s Turnbull government rejects a call for a First Nations voice to the parliament which had been endorsed by indigenous consensus through the Uluru Statement from the  Heart. Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

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Butchers paper cartoon recording at the St Vincent de Paul Congress, St Aloysius College, Adelaide, 6-8 October. Keynote speakers Phil Glendenning (Director, Edmund Rice Centre) –  ‘Daily Acts of Solidarity’, and Larissa Behrendt (Director of Research, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney) – ‘Sign of the times’, inspired the 180+ participants in “creating new solutions to ‘problem space’ opportunities”. Facilitators for the Congress were Future Friendly, Sydney Australia.Congress collage.png

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This week’s Pro Bono news cartoon, inspired by the post On Marriage Equality, Australia’s Progressive Instincts Have Been Crushed by Political Failure by ANU professor of history Frank Bongiorno.