Daily News - Tuesday 24 February 2015

Posted 24 February 2015 12:01pm



Retail Giant Offers NFPs $1 Million

Pro Bono Australia

Australian Retail giant Myer has announced a new program which could see charities receive more than $1 million in funding.

The company revealed this week that it is launching a new Community Investment Program to build on the philanthropic work of founder Sidney Myer.

Myer said it was looking for community organisations to partner with and that the program would focus on supporting and empowering women and strengthening families.

“The Myer Community Investment program will support organisations and initiatives which empower and support women and families to create safe environments including those which seek to prevent violence against women and children, secure economic independence and improved self-esteem for women, promote gender equity and respect and create a culture of non-violence,” a statement from the company said.


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Housing outsources homeless service


New arrangements for supporting homeless people in the metropolitan area have come into effect with the operation of services shifting from the Department of Housing to Centrecare.

Services provided by the Department's Homeless Advisory Service (HAS) transitioned to the not-for-profit organisation from 11 February 2015 after Centrecare was awarded the contract by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support to operate the Homeless Assessment and Referral Service.

Project Manager, Peter Cappendell said the transition would be for a two-year pilot period.

"The Department recognised a significant opportunity to improve the service to the community by transitioning the Homeless Advisory Service to Centrecare, who will integrate the service into their broader community service programs," he said.

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AG Brandis warns not everyone in the Government supports the HRC

The News

The future of Australia’s human rights watchdog is today in doubt after the Government said there had been a “collapse in confidence” in the impartiality of the organisation.

Attorney-General George Brandis accused said Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs of a “catastrophic error” in favouring Labor with the timing of her inquiry into children in detention. Dozens of Government members had attacked Prof Triggs and the HRC, said Senator Brandis.

“I am a supporter of the Human Rights Commission. Not everyone on my side of politics is,” the Attorney-General told a Senate estimates committee today.

But he said he lost confidence in Ms Triggs after she gave what he called “inconsistent and evasive evidence” in relation to the Forgotten Children inquiry.

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Safe Shelter hopes to open homeless refuge in Queanbeyan

Kimberley Granger - The SMH

Queanbeyan's homeless population could soon have access to a Safe Shelter in the city, after the Uniting Church answered a call for help.

Inadequate emergency support for the homeless population has required service providers to hand out tents and sleeping bags or drive people to a shelter in Braddon.

Elaine Lollback, co-ordinator of St Benedict's, a homeless and vulnerable person's support service, made eight winter trips to Canberra for homeless people who desperately needed emergency overnight accommodation.

Braddon-based Uniting Church's Safe Shelter management centre offers a place for men to stay for three nights a week in winter – and provided refuge to almost 100 people last yea

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