Category: Humanitarian

Humanitarian

The 80-million people crisis

The pandemic is spreading at an alarming rate in developing countries, its leaders facing the now familiar juggling act of public health and the economy. But with many governments unable or unwilling to boost health services or tackle poverty, a real crisis is starting to form. Where to for the poverty stricken?

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We must stop turning a blind eye

George Floyd’s terrible death has turned the spotlight on the treatment of our own indigenous people and on the entrenched racism that exists in Australia. We don’t want to whitesplain, nor do we want to create division or fan hatred. But we can’t stay silent either because Aboriginal Lives Matter.

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Charities facing funding cliff

Charities are facing a fundraising crisis as the economic fallout of COVID-19 continues. A new report warns that more than 200,000 charity workers could lose their jobs and force most of Australia’s 16,000 charities into deficit if COVID-19 financial supports are not extended.

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The $51 million question

The fate of Celeste Barber’s fundraiser has been decided. The supreme court ruled the entire sum – all $51.3 million of it – is to be spent by the NSW Rural Fire Service. What does this mean for charities and could it have been handled differently?

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Reconciliation – we’re in this together too

Following National Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week represents a time to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. It is hugely significant because it marks a time to think about relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. We have rounded up some of the best reports for you.

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Where is the action on domestic violence?

Years of domestic violence inaction could not have prepared us for the dumbfounding reports that came out this week. The Senate inquiry into Hannah Clarke’s murder returned empty handed while the NSW government proposed reforms that will force DV victims to gather their own evidence. Yes, seriously.

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Opportunities emerge for a better world

There is a lot going on in the world at the moment. But among the chaos and uncertainty, a theme is emerging. Opportunities are shaping up and showing us the way forward for the planet and humanity. We wanted to share our take with you.

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Supporting artists during COVID-19

Imagine what a red-hot mess we’d be without artists. Music, series, books and films – it’s been a lifeline these past few months. But for artists, Netflix and Spotify royalties don’t pay the bills. Time for us to get behind our artists and support them.

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Fighting the decline of our mental wellbeing

These last few months haven’t been easy on anyone. But for those with mental health struggles, it has been devastating. Support services are inundated with calls for help while experts warn of a second wave – not of COVID-19 infections but of a mental health crisis. There doesn’t seem to be a lot to be cheery about. Or is there?

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Guarding the freedom of media

Investigative journalism is in under threat. Australia has slipped five places to 26th in Reporters Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index. The report cites last year’s Australian Federal Police raids targeting reporters and cost-cutting in the industry as threats to public interest journalism.

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Off the street but with nowhere to go

Resolving Australia’s homeless crisis never seemed likely. But the arrival of COVID-19 meant rough sleepers were moved off the street in a matter of days. All it took was a consented effort by local governments, charities and the private sector. What happens next will determine the future of the many homeless now stuck in limbo.

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