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Only two of the seven Closing the Gap targets to fix indigenous disadvantage are on track. This week’s Pro Bono News cartoon, read more here.

 

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Illustrations for author Joel Weatherald’s next book of poems, many about his experience minding a friend’s three cats – for the poems ‘Legs’, ‘Little birds’ and ‘Every cat has a wasteland’.

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon. Many charities and not-for-profit organisations depend on attracting philanthropic funds to operate their programs. Higher education is having particular success –  for example, after raising $600 million by 2015, Sydney University is now aiming for $1 billion from donors. “Most of the research and innovation is done from universities and that is what these growing (philanthropic) groups really desire. So other charities have got to perhaps think about casting some of their ask in that language, rather than just the emotive ask” says John McLeod from JBWere Philanthropic Services. read more on the Pro Bono website here.

 

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A new Oxfam report finds a record increase in the number of Australia’s billionaires –  from 33 to 43 in 2018.  ‘Australia is among the wealthiest nations in the world, yet the pervasive gap between the haves and the have-nots persists’ says Oxfam Australia’s chief executive Helen Szoke. Read more here. This week’s Pro Bono news cartoon.

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Australia’s millennial “baby blip” is now over. .id the population experts‘ latest blog post charts the ‘total fertility rate’ from the post war baby boom down the slippery slope to the baby blip and beyond…

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And read about Menindee here.

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Hundreds of thousands of native fish dead: Menindee mass fish death. The Darling River, with no water flow and algal blooms, dies along with them.  Large cotton farm irrigators up river to blame? Wider mismanagement and corruption?  It’ll blow over once the smell has cleared … maybe …