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A pre-election survey of over 3,400 voters across the 20 most marginal electorates in Australia conducted for the Community Council for Australia by Piazza Research found that: Across all surveyed electorates, high proportions (74% to 92%) of electors wanted to see their local MP make greater efforts to get the Australian Government to improve fundraising rules to make it easier for charities to raise money.

It is time for charities and community groups to claim their role in the most important challenge facing Australia – the capacity of communities to adapt to climate change, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 21 April 2022.

MEDIA RELEASE 12 April 2022:  Election time is selfie time for almost every political candidate.  And what better selfie to have circulating on social media than a cut through photo of a political candidate visiting a local do-good charity or community group?  

News photographer Mike Bowers has agreed to judge a special weekly award of $2000 for the best ‘poli-pix’ in a competition to encourage more engagement between politicians and their local charities and community groups. The Poli-pix competition is jointly run by the Community Council for Australia and Our Community....

Some governments seek to undermine their own role; they deliberately reduce confidence and trust in the government. As the US has shown us, this is very damaging. We need to respond, writes CEO David Crosbie in Pro Bono News, 6 April 2022.

Charities gain few supporters by acting as passive recipients waiting patiently at the door to be let into rooms where the big decisions are already made, writes CCA CEO David Crosbie. An election lead-up is one of those times when we need to put aside reservations, and bravely advocate for our charitable purpose, and solutions to make Australia a better place. Pictures are worth more than 1000 words.