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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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".