Daily News - Friday 11 October 2013
Less welfare, more work
Editorial, The Australian
Encouraging people who are welfare-dependent to rejoin the workforce will not only pay a productivity dividend and reduce the cost burden to taxpayers; it can help foster a more inclusive society.
Bill Shorten's proposal to develop a national rehabilitation strategy to identify the barriers that stop injured workers living on the Disability Support Pension or on workers' compensation payments returning to work warrants serious consideration.
Coalition confronts 'soft' jobs market
David Uren, The Australian
More than 100,000 people have left the workforce in the past three months in the biggest exodus since the 1992 recession, prompting the Abbott government to concede it has inherited a "clearly soft" labour market.
Tasmania - Male workers hit with 700 losing their jobs in the past month
Nick Clark, Mercury
Youth unemployment shot up and 700 men lost full-time jobs last month, despite Tasmania's jobless rate remaining steady.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was at 8.3 per cent for September, unchanged since August, but the trend figures show 8.5 per cent, down one percentage point from August.
Tasmania - Federal relief on jobs `will have to wait'
Ben McKay, The Examiner
The federal government will not consider bringing forward a key unemployment-busting policy despite new figures keeping Tasmania's jobless result at decade-long highs.
Employment a path out of poverty for Fitzroy refugee
Nic Price, Melbourne Leader
An African refugee has taken the first steps to a life free of poverty after landing full-time work as a security guard.
Abraham Biar recently took the position with United Security Group after completing training with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
ACT - Capital's cycle of poverty
Stephanie Anderson, Canberra Times
One in every 13 Canberrans is struggling to pay for essentials such as housing and food, research has found.
Inequality is increasing in the capital, according to University of Canberra researchers, who found 28,639 residents were classified as disadvantaged under the ABS Socio-Economic Indexes for Individuals.
For Bernadette, every day is an overwhelming struggle
Fleta Page, Canberra Times
Bernadette Patterson is one of thousands of Canberrans doing it tough.
Centrelink cut off her disability pension of $560 a fortnight three years ago when her husband got a full-time job.
Alarm sounded over separating siblings in foster care
Evonne Barry, Herald Sun
Separating foster children from their siblings is creating today's version of the Stolen Generation or the Forgotten Australians, a Melbourne conference will be told on Thursday.
Drama queen or troubled teen? Would you know the difference?
Brett Williamson, ABC
Grow SA youth project officer Dani Stoneham regularly hosts programs for teenagers to help them understand the importance of mental health and how to realise when and how mental illness begins.
Triple Care Farm: Why drug addiction and mental illness need to be managed together
Kate Midena, news.com.au
Triple Care Farm is the only Australian residential rehabilitation program of its kind, providing an "integrated and individual treatment program."
"Most services offer young people with drug and alcohol problems help with either their addiction or their mental health, not both," says Mission Australia's CEO, Toby Hall.
"For young people, addiction and mental illness are very often related. They need to be managed together, not separately. What we provide at Triple Care Farm is a combination of both drug and alcohol rehab and mental health services."
Embedded mental health clinicians 'saving lives'
Gordon Taylor, ABC
Fewer mentally ill people are being taken into police custody thanks to a new initiative by ACT police.
Under the scheme, mental health clinicians work alongside police, advising them on how to deal with people suffering a mental health emergency.
Mental health revamp to eliminate 'red tape': Peter Dutton
Dan Harrison, Sydney Morning Herald
Health Minister Peter Dutton has avoided setting a deadline on a review of mental health services, but says he does not want the process to "drag on."
During the election campaign, Tony Abbott announced his plan to order a review of existing mental health services from the National Mental Health Commission.
Switzerland Will Vote to Give All Adults a Guaranteed $2,800 Monthly Income
Danny Vinik, policymic
Swiss residents will soon vote on an initiative that would guarantee a basic monthly income of 2,500 Swiss franks ($2,800) for all working adults in the country to combat income inequality across the nation. The initiative collected the 100,000 signatures needed for a referendum on the proposal, and to mark this historic initiative, a truck in the city of Bern unloaded 8 million five-cent coins, on Friday to represent Switzerland's 8 million citizens. The parliamentary vote has not yet been scheduled, but it could take place before the end of the year.
UK - Ed Miliband has lost welfare battle, says poll guru
Macer Hall, Express
The respected pollster gave his warning during a discussion on welfare policy organised by the Trade Union Congress.
... Mr Morris told the gathering: “There is a broad conception if you think there are people who ought not to deserve benefits getting benefits, then you don’t think that should happen even if you had all the money in the world.
“You still don’t think that you should give something to people who don’t deserve it.
“So there’s a moral argument about what constitutes, what ought to enable, entitlement.”
The Crux of NFP Mergers
Pro Bono News
Funding changes are already showing signs of change in the disability and the aged care sectors including Not for Profit mergers. But organisations need a ‘culture change’ to make sure the merger succeeds, says Change Management Professional, Claudia Perry-Beltrame.
Charities Still Lining Up to Submit ACNC Statement
Pro Bono News
So far only 3000 of the 58,000 registered charities have submitted the controversial 2013 Annual Information Statement to the charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
However, ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said she was pleased with the number of charities that have already submitted their Annual Information Statement. “This is an excellent start,” Pascoe said.
Aussie Charities Missing Out on Mobile
Pro Bono News
Over 73 per cent of Australians own a smartphone but only 16 per cent of charities offer a mobile optimised website, according to a new survey.
The survey by international digital consultancy Reading Room says it’s clear that charities are missing out on mobile.
A Church for the Poor
Robert W. McElroy, America
The core teaching of the church on the role of government in combating poverty declares that in addition to promoting conditions that provide meaningful jobs for their citizens, nations must provide a humane threshold of income, health benefits and housing.