• Tess Ariotti, Jessica Jeeves and Alison Terry

    Tess Ariotti, Jessica Jeeves and Alison Terry

  • Rev Tim Costello, Karen Mahlab and David Crosbie

    Rev Tim Costello, Karen Mahlab and David Crosbie

  • Rev Tim Costello

    Rev Tim Costello

  • Louise Douglas and Brett Williamson

    Louise Douglas and Brett Williamson

  • Peter Zographakis, Esta Chilas, Anthony Bensther and Lyle Shelton

    Peter Zographakis, Esta Chilas, Anthony Bensther and Lyle Shelton

  • Laurie Wilson, Toby hall, Jan Owen, Rev Tim Costello and David Crosbie

    Laurie Wilson, Toby hall, Jan Owen, Rev Tim Costello and David Crosbie

  • Karen Mahlab and Murrray Baird

    Karen Mahlab and Murrray Baird

  • Karen Mahlab and David Crosbie

    Karen Mahlab and David Crosbie

  • Jan Owen, Toby Hall and Rev Tim Costello

    Jan Owen, Toby Hall and Rev Tim Costello

  • Jan Owen, Rev Tim Costello and Toby hall

    Jan Owen, Rev Tim Costello and Toby hall

  • Jan Owen, Rev Tim Costello, Maurice Reilley, Toby hall and Laurie Wilson

    Jan Owen, Rev Tim Costello, Maurice Reilley, Toby hall and Laurie Wilson

  • Jan Owen and Louise Walsh

    Jan Owen and Louise Walsh

  • Jan Owen

    Jan Owen

  • James Dunncliff and Wendy Aker

    James Dunncliff and Wendy Aker

  • Heather Neil and Toni Hassan

    Heather Neil and Toni Hassan

  • Anne Hollands, Christina Janchek, Ricky Campbell-Allen, Jane Myer-Tucker and emma Lang

    Anne Hollands, Christina Janchek, Ricky Campbell-Allen, Jane Myer-Tucker and emma Lang

  • Toby Hall

    Toby Hall

Community Council for Australia @ the NPC

8 September 2014

Tim Costello is ‘a polished man’. A man of integrity, honesty and dedication to his cause, World Vision. But his red painted finger nail, one affectation we wouldn’t have noticed unless he’d drawn our attention to it at the National Press Club, was for his son’s commitment to the Polished Man ideal that is a fundraiser and awareness program to address violence against children.

So of course we now know and reckon he’d have done ten fingers and ten toes if he’d needed to, but on this occasion the main event was his address to the NPC as Chair of CCA ( Community Council for Australia) about the Government cuts and policy changes impacting on the sector. Joining him for the address was Jan Owen, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and Toby Hall, CEO of St Vincent’s Health Australia.

The discussion drew on the recent national survey by ProBono Australia, NetBalance and CCA with 1200 respondents citing the negative effects the sector is now facing.
And with charities at the heart of communities, employing more than 1 million Australians with a $100 billion annual turnover and contributing $54 billion to the national accounts it should be a no-brainer to support those who support those most in need. And what do they want: an attack on red tape, an online one stop shop for information, a national register of NFPs, a social finance taskforce and a harmonization of fundraising legislation, with for good measure and future growth a mechanism to strengthen partnerships between business and NFPs.

Now the NFPs must find a way to make it happen, and a unique way to bring broad attention to it. We've shaved, heads, grown beards, worn ribbons, bracelets and attention grabbing outfits as well as exercised to the limit. What's left I wonder.