Charities & NFP

Charities can’t cope with increasing demands, says report

Anna Patty - SMH

Charities are pessimistic they will be able to meet an expected growth in demand over the next 12 months, a new report reveals.




NDIS overlooks needs of carers, says report

Lisa Visentin - SMH

The National Disability Insurance Scheme needs to be amended to recognise the needs of carers, a new report has recommended.




Police may have 'encouraged' church to withhold information on child abuse, commission hears

Paul Bibby - SMH

NSW Police Force officers may have "condoned" and even "encouraged" the cover-up of child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, the Police Integrity Commission has heard.




Drugs & Alcohol

ACT government to join national medical cannabis trial

Tom McIlroy - SMH

The rapidly shifting politics of medical cannabis will change dramatically on Tuesday as the ACT government signs up to a national clinical trial of the controversial health treatment.





Indigenous

Land rights push ‘a risk to vote’, say elders

Amos Aikman - The Australian

THE Northern Territory’s push to change land rights law to unblock development risks opening a debate that could destroy consensus on the referendum for constitutional recognition, elder statesmen have warned.




Politics

Martin Hamilton-Smith says he will back Labor regardless of who wins Bob Such’s seat

LAUREN NOVAK, DANIEL WILLS - THE ADVERTISER

ONE of the two independent MPs supporting the State Government’s hold on power has confirmed he will back Labor until the 2018 election, regardless of the outcome of a looming by-election in the late Bob Such’s electorate.




Liberal hard right faction dumps leader and regroups after ICAC

Sean Nicholls - SMH

The hard right faction of the NSW Liberal Party has formally dumped long-time leader David Clarke and regrouped in a bid to reinvent itself after hearings of the Independent Commission Against Corruption devastated its parliamentary ranks.




Refugees

Dramatic decrease in asylum-seeker deaths

Stefanie Balogh - The Australian

THE number of asylum-seekers who have died seeking refuge in Australia has dramatically ­decreased, as the world confronts a spike in migration-­related deaths and the Mediterranean emerges as the deadliest zone for refugees.




Other

Islamic State calls for spontaneous attacks against Australians and citizens of other 'crusader nations'

David Wroe - SMH

The Islamic State group has made a fresh pitch to followers to carry out spontaneous "lone wolf" attacks against Australians and citizens of other "crusader nations".