Daily News - 9 April 2015

Posted 9 April 2015 5:25pm



Morrison halting plan to scrap Australian Charities Commission

Sarah Martin - The Australian

Scott Morrison has shelved his predecessor’s plan to scrap the Australian Charities Commission, effectively dumping the election pledge in response to concerns from the not-for-profit sector.

The Social Services Minister will instead keep a “watching brief” on the commission, which former minister Kevin Andrews had argued needed to be dumped as a priority.

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said yesterday that while abolishing the commission remained Coalition policy, Mr Morrison had taken a different view since taking on the portfolio.

“The commitment still stands, but it is not a priority for us to proceed with it at this time,” Mr Frydenberg said. “Scott Morrison is continuing to look at this issue.”

In December, Mr Andrews said the government wanted to scrap the commission “to remove the regulatory impost on the sector as soon as possible, to ensure that ­organisations are not reporting unnecessarily”.

He argued that doing so fulfilled a “clear commitment” made by the Coalition in the lead-up to the 2013 election.

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Not for Profits Grill Assistant Treasurer

Xavier Smerdon - Pro bono Australia

The Abbott Government has been accused of trying to silence Not for Profits as Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg faced a grilling from the sector at a national forum.

Frydenberg was in Canberra to speak at a Community Council for Australia forum attended by some 60 high profile leaders from the social sector to discuss topics around ‘The Australia We Want’.

Founder and CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Kon Karapangiotidis, who attended the event as a member of Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25, started the questioning, asking Frydenberg why Not for Profits were having their advocacy work defunded.

“I’d like to know why the Abbott Government has, accross the board, been cutting funding to advocacy work of the Not for Profit sector,” Karapanagiotidis said.

“It’s our expertise and in defunding it you’re actually silencing our voice, silencing our ability to actually ensure that Government reflects the will and needs and wants of the community, and I’m deeply disturbed by it and I’m deeply disturbed by the way NGOs are threatened with defunding for getting into that space.


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Why should we put a dollar value on the unpaid work women do? Because it comes at a cost

Georgina Dent - Womens Agenda 

“There is no need to place a dollar figure on the role of stay at home parents (mum's are not the only ones who take on that role), their 'payment' is the privilege of spending quality time with their child/(children).”
“This is silly. Washing, cleaning and cooking are simply the responsibilities all adults have regardless of being a mum or not. What positive can be achieved from these sorts of arguments apart from fuelling the working vs non working debate?”
“I disagree with the idea of monetising unpaid domestic stuff. Not working and doing one's own housework and looking after one's own children is not a job. Everybody has to do domestic stuff. It's part of being a functioning adult.”
“If we're going to discuss the value of splitting responsibilities more evenly then we need to include responsibility for earning money.”
“I'm a female primary income earner with two children. I think the naïve people are those who consider their partner to be a financial plan.”

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Sleepout to raise millions for homeless

Yahoo News

Organisers hope the June 18 event - in which business leaders spend a night in the cold to briefly experience living on the streets - will raise $10 million for homeless services.

They also aim to raise awareness of homelessness among women.

Coca-Cola Amatil group managing director Alison Watkins said the event was not just about raising money but also about becoming more compassionate leaders.

She said she expected to learn a lot from the homeless people she met on the night.

"About people who are no different, really, from me - people who came from a similar background and maybe have just had some hard times," Ms Watkins said.

"And to see the resilience that they have demonstrated and to hear their stories, and to reflect and learn."

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