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Today’s Pro Bono cartoon. Kelly Vincent’s Pro Bono News post ‘The soft bigotry of low expectations’ was the inspiration. She writes

‘It is safe to say that politically I don’t have much in common with George W. Bush, former president of the United States, but he used a phrase to describe institutional discrimination and bias that seems as apt today as when he spoke it, back in 2000. He described it as the soft bigotry of low expectations. Even today in 2017, it is a real thing and it is forming a barrier around people with disability every day and in all aspects of their lives’.

Kelly Vincent MLC is the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament, the first elected on a disability rights platform and leader of the Dignity Party in the South Australian Legislative Council.

 

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon.

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Cartooning at the Victorian Regional Development Australia Forum 21-21 April 2016, at Ballarat.

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Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon. Yesterday Treasurer Scott Morrison spoke to the National Press club  warning that it will be a slow path back to a budget surplus, and calls for spending cuts (read here). In contrast, ACOSS, Australia’s peak welfare body,  says the next budget must support essential community services and ‘realign its spending priorities and strengthen the tax base’ (read the Pro Bono post here).

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Todays Pro Bono News cartoon. After months of negative attention Shane Warne has closed his charitable foundation (see the Pro Bono post here).

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon. Oxfam has released a report, An Economy for the 1%, showing that the gap between the world’s richest and poorest has widened in the last year. For an overview see Xavier Smerdon’s Pro Bono post ’62 People Make as Much Money as Half The World’. Oxfam Australia’s CEO Helen Szoke says ‘As a first priority, there must be an end to the dodgy tax practices and use of tax havens that allow corporations and individuals to accrue phenomenal wealth while others’ suffer’.

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This week’s Pro Bono News cartoon. The ideas came from Karen Mahlab’s  (founder of  Pro Bono Australia) blog post ‘The social economy – working towards the common good’. As the intro to the post says: There is a noticeable shift from purely profit-driven capitalism towards integrated social citizenship, which is happening in Australia and around the world, writes Karen Mahlab in her latest blog.

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A recent post on the Pro Bono news website reports that the Abbott Government is accused of trying to silence Not for Profit organisations. “I’d like to know why the Abbott Government has, across the board, been cutting funding to advocacy work of the Not for Profit sector,” Founder and CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Kon Karapangiotidis said.

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Butterfly in the Cocoon is a collection of six stories of domestic violence, a project of the Vietnamese Community in Australia (South Australian chapter). ‘The stories identify issues around gender stereotyping and the misuse of power and control in these families… Each of these women is like a butterfly in a cocoon, they are unique, beautiful and precious’.Cover design FINAL

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon. As the post ‘Disability Funding Backflip Fuels Calls for Certainty from NFP Sector’ reports- a number of  recently defunded disability advocacy groups, representing 200,000 people with disabilities, have been given ‘transition funding’ until the end of June. This short-term backflip is small change compared to the overall $1 billion cuts to community services.