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Building the future foundations for giving in Australia

December 1, 2023 - 10:00 -- Admin

Productivity Commission Media Release The Productivity Commission has proposed an overhaul of the system that determines which charities can receive tax-deductible donations. This is part of a package of reforms proposed in the draft report of their philanthropy inquiry. “Australia is a generous nation. We donated more than $13 billion to charities in 2021 and…

ACOSS urges root and branch employment services overhaul

November 30, 2023 - 16:05 -- Admin

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) Media Release ACOSS welcomes the House of Representatives Select Committee recommendations released today which, if implemented, would transform employment services for the better. ACOSS Acting CEO Edwina MacDonald said: ‘’We urge the Federal Government to commit to the reforms recommended by this inquiry that would shift it from a…

Progress on Federal Anti-Slavery Commissioner sends strong signal

November 30, 2023 - 13:45 -- Admin

International Justice Mission Media Release International Justice Mission (IJM) Australia applauds progress on the establishment of an Australian Anti-Slavery Commissioner, with the introduction of amendments to the Modern Slavery Act 2018 tabled by the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus KC MP, in federal Parliament today. Following advocacy by IJM Australia, the Albanese Government committed $8 million over…

Sovereignty Surrendered: Subordinating Australia’s Defence Industry

November 30, 2023 - 11:51 -- Admin

One could earn a tidy sum the number of times the word “sovereignty” has been uttered or mentioned in public statements and briefings by the Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese.     But such sovereignty has shown itself to be counterfeit. The net of dependency and control is being increasingly tightened around Australia, be it in…

I remember Texas

November 30, 2023 - 11:12 -- Admin

By James Moore   “There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take. The line between reason and madness grows thinner.” – Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Campaigner. As I write, two very close friends are on a northbound plane. They are leaving in Texas children and grandchildren, friends and a lifetime of memories…

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More than one hundred scholarships awarded to boost diversity in STEM

November 30, 2023 - 08:30 -- Admin

Australian Academy Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Media Release The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has today announced 116 scholarships to support women and diverse people to thrive in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. In the second round of the seven-year, $41.2 million program funded by the Department…

ARC Bill a Welcome end to Ministerial Meddling

November 29, 2023 - 16:42 -- Admin

Science & Technology Australia Media Release Legislation to abolish the Ministerial veto on Australian Research Council grants will powerfully depoliticise research funding and deliver stronger transparency and accountability in decision-making. Australia’s peak body for scientists and technologists has welcomed the introduction of the Australian Research Council Amendment (Review Response) Bill 2023 today by Education Minister…

Renovating the World

November 29, 2023 - 16:15 -- Admin

By Maria Millers   It seems that the world we inhabit has become more and more filled with uncertainties, ambiguities and cruelties. Writing after world War1, the Irish poet Yeats in the Second Coming wrote that: Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and…

Major class actions launched against Queensland government over First Nations reunification failure

November 29, 2023 - 15:30 -- Admin

Bottoms English Lawyers Media Release First Nations children and parents have launched landmark class actions against the Queensland government for their systemic failure to reunite families removed under child protection laws. The cases allege Queensland’s Department of Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services breached the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and failed to follow the…

The Rise of the Desk Clerk Academic

November 29, 2023 - 14:15 -- Admin

It is a particularly quotidian breed in the modern, management-driven university. The desk clerk who pretends to be an academic and researcher but is neither. The desk clerk who admires rosters, work plans and “key performance indicators”, thinking that the process of knowledge is quantifiable by productivity targets and financial returns. The desk clerk who…