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Charities are deeply concerned by a new government proposal that would force more community groups to register as political campaigners, amid fears this will restrict charitable advocacy at election times’. The Morrison government has introduced a new bill to lower the expenditure threshold for political campaigners from $500,000 to $100,000. This week’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

Brian Lim and his small team at Wise Networking have been innovating an air-deployable mobile cell network solution – a miniature mobile phone tower that can be air dropped into a disaster area to quickly restore mobile coverage. Each miniature tower sits within its ‘Gyrochute’ which gently drops the tower to the ground. Read the full story featured in this month’s International Fire Fighter Magazine, pages 84-86, and watch the prototype Gyrochute in action here. These are some of the drawings to help explain the concept and its potential.

Despite headlines claiming a crisis of confidence in charities and not-for-profits, there is no evidence for a global trust crisis in the not-for-profit sector. Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

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‘Political advocacy is an essential task for charities and is something that must be protected’, Greenpeace’s response to comments by Senator James Mcgrath that the charity should be stripped of its tax deductible donations status. Assistant Minister for Charities Zed Seselja said “I would expect all organisations who are subsidised by the taxpayer to act in line with their obligations and in line with the expectations of the public,” – read the post on the Pro Bono website here. Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

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Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon – last for 2018.

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon. For more see the post Record Grant to Great Barrier reef Charity Comes Under Senate Scrutiny.

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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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The Same but Different exhibition continues at Gallery M. See the May 30th post for more details. Paintings by Peter Wallfried, prints by John Martin, and here are some of my illustrations.

 

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Cartoons from the current issue of Australian Options. The issue considers fairness, the crisis in capitalism and Basic Income -‘an idea whose time has come?’ Visit the website to subscribe.