Daily News - Friday 11 April 2014

Posted 11 April 2014 11:14am
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Pension cuts unfair on poor: Labor

The Sydney Morning Herald

Mr Hockey says successive governments have ignored the impact of an ageing society for too long and he warned that without changes, the cost of providing healthcare and pensions would rise by $93 billion a year by 2030.

Labor's shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh said it was a "pretty rough" move to further raise the pension age, which is 65 and due to rise to 67 by 2023.

 

Helping young into workforce a worthy challenge

The Australian

Three years ago, Tim was a 15-year-old kid living in a violent home. He was starting to disengage from school. But Tim was clever. His teachers helped him access Youth Connections, a program that supports young Australians to stay connected to work and education. With their help, Tim stayed with school while all his mates were dropping out. This year, he will be the first person in his family to go to university.

 

Bankers back financial counsellors amid budget cut fears

Lexi Metherell, the World Today

The banking industry is lobbying the Federal Government [in] support of publicly-funded financial counsellors. The counselling sector is concerned that a $20 million annual program may be slashed in the next budget.

 

Surprise unemployment drop as 18,000 jobs added in March

ABC News

Unemployment has surprisingly fallen from 6.1 per cent to 5.8 per cent, as an estimated 18,100 jobs were added last month.

 

Cambodia, Nauru in talks on refugees

The Australian

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has given the biggest hint so far at what is under discussion with Cambodia.

He says the Asian nation wouldn't process asylum seekers who have aimed for Australia but could resettle those found to be refugees

 

Vulnerable children getting 'lost' in New South Wales child protection system, ombudsman reports

ABC News

A review of child protection services in New South Wales has found that that too many children are still getting "lost in the system".

More than two-thirds of children reported at risk of serious harm remained unlikely to receive a face-to-face assessment, the report found.

 

International Praise for Aus Charity Regulator

Pro Bono News

International charity experts in Melbourne and Sydney this week have praised Australia’s ill-fated national charity regulator, the ACNC, for its strong reputation in the sector and high compliance rates.

 

Investing in Volunteering Underpins Civil Society

Opinion: Pro Bono News

If Australia wants to foster a civil society and mutuality, it must develop and promote a thriving volunteering culture, writes Brett Williamson, CEO, Volunteering Australia, and Sue Noble, CEO, Volunteering Victoria.

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