Daily News - Friday 16 January 2015
Young jobless plead for work as Central Coast youth unemployment figure hits 16.8 per cent
Geraldine Cardozo, Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate
It was one of the hottest days of summer so far, but that did not stop these young jobseekers taking to the streets in a desperate search for work.
Mitchell Farmer, 23, of Gorokan, and Charmhaven’s Joshua Blair, 16, have been out of full-time employment for over a year.
They are just two of thousands of young people hunting for work across the Central Coast.
As the region’s largest employer of apprentices and trainees launches its annual youth jobs drive today, the pair took to waving placards at passing motorists on the Pacific Highway at Tuggerah on Wednesday in a last-ditch bid to secure a job.
Central Coast Group Training has more than 4400 young career hopefuls on its books.
UK - Anxiety is gripping young lives
The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index 2015 reveals that anxiety is gripping young people’s confidence, with more than one in 10 often feeling too anxious to leave the house and over half worried about everyday situations.
Almost half of Millennials’ admit to avoid meeting new people and two-fifths struggle to make eye contact, according to The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index 2015.
It doesn’t stop there. One fifth of respondents said they ‘fall apart’ emotionally on a regular basis, rising to one third among the long-term unemployed.
The report – which also explores bullying, troubled childhoods and resilience – also highlights that the anxiety issue is preventing young people from looking after their health and securing jobs.
Headspace offically opens in Wodonga, thanks to community campaign
Bronwen O'Shea and Allison Jess, ABC
Headspace is a National Youth Mental Health Foundation that helps young people who are going through a tough time. It has a number of centres across Australia that now includes one in Wodonga.
Life-saving Headspace a great investment in city’s future
The Courier - Ballarat
There can be no better testimonial for the value of mental health services than hearing from the “horse's mouth” the impact they can have on individuals and the wider community.
In the case of Headspace, the service dedicated to mental health for the young, this quite literally means saving lives. Today’s feature details several poignant stories of individuals for whom Headspace has done just that.
Fears opportunity to build world's best mental health system could be squandered
Lexi Metherell, AM, ABC
Mental health advocates say the Government has the chance this year to build the world's best mental health system, but they fear the opportunity could be squandered.
The Government has expected to deliver its response to a major review of the efficiency and effectiveness of mental health services before the May budget. But it only received the review in December and some in the sector are worried the response could be rushed, especially since the new Health Minister Sussan Ley will be pre-occupied with ongoing issues with the GP co-payment.
UK - Mentally ill people need more support to work
Anne Perkins, The Guardian
It may not always feel like it on a wet and windy January morning, but everyone knows that work is good for you, and not only to pay the bills. It’s about purposefulness, company, water cooler chat – that sense of being useful that is essential to human wellbeing.
So it seems uniquely unjust that people who need it even more than the rest of us are most likely to be excluded – those people who have severe mental illnesses.
What is most striking is that the professionals who work with people with conditions such as schizophrenia report that for the patients themselves, getting a job is the yardstick of recovery.
Surprise drop in unemployment rate eases pressure on RBA
Mark Mulligan, The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped in December, surprising economists and easing pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut interest rates this year.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday that the number of people employed rose by 37,400 to 11.67 million in December, against market expectations of 5,000.
This took the official unemployment rate to 6.1 per cent from a revised 6.2 per cent in November, while the participation rate climbed from 64.7 per cent of the population to 64.8 per cent.
Queensland's unemployment rate falls in boost to LNP re-election campaign
Joshua Robertson, The Guardian
Queensland’s unemployment rate has fallen, with new figures showing a burst of jobs growth that will boost the Newman government in its campaign for re-election.
The drop in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate to 6.1% is a fillip to the Liberal National party, which is running its campaign on being the superior economic manager to a Labor opposition that racked up debt in government.
Unemployment dropped by 0.8 percentage points from October, the largest improvement of all states, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Western Australia's unemployment rate blow-out reflects a slump in business confidence, says the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
WA's unemployment rate has risen to 6 per cent, defying a national downward trend.
While economists surveyed by Bloomberg had been expecting national unemployment to remain at 6.3 per cent, the Bureau of Statistics data showed unemployment fell to 6.1 per cent in December from a downwardly revised 6.2 per cent in November.
Rediscovering the Great Australian Dream
Habitat for Humanity
Creating new ways for low income families to own their own home is critical to tackling Australia’s affordable housing crisis and to reduce the reliance on the Federal Government’s billion dollar rental subsidy program.
New research argues that a $20 million pilot program involving government, the private and community sectors could put 200 low income families in home ownership and unlock the equivalent of $140 million in value.
Such a pilot could involve low income families providing ‘sweat equity’, in which they would work alongside community and corporate volunteers to keep the cost of new house builds lower. It would also involve governments providing access to discounted land.
Work continues with Ceduna income management
Jarrad Delaney, West Coast Sentinel
Income management in Ceduna has been in place for about six months with work ongoing to remove any hurdles and increase community awareness.
... Centacare Catholic Family Services has assisted by providing the Balancing Bunda service to people on income management.
Program manager financial counselling Samantha Forsyth said the role of the Balancing Bunda team was to support people in all areas of their budget, from negotiating with creditors to meal planning.
"We have qualified financial counsellor Robyne Puckridge and money management worker Lisa Chandler, who are available to assist people who wish to access our service," she said.
Drought - what next?
Sally Cripps, Queensland Country Life
Even if it rains inches tomorrow, the effects of the current drought will reverberate through rural Queensland for years.
People in their 70s using their retirement nest eggs, cancelling their health insurance and medical appointments, and preparing for years more of frugal living - these are some of its scarifying consequences.
The plight of these people is a message that Centacare, the Catholic support services agency charged with administering federal drought relief funds in central parts of the state, wants people to heed to ensure the fall-out isn't greater than it has to be.
In Longreach last week it opened an exhibition of 19 photographs taken by Anne Smith on local properties earlier this year, that will hang at the town library until the end of January before moving on to art spaces at Emerald and Barcaldine.
2014: Drought relief lost in dust
In a terrible case of irony, Mr Abbott and federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce were greeted by heavy rains on their drought tour, although National Farmers Federation (NFF) president Brent Finlay was quick to point out one rainfall event “doesn’t fix the drought”.
By the end of February, the federal government announced $320 million in immediate drought assistance measures, underpinned by a $280 million boost to concessional loans in the Farm Finance Package (FFP).
Catholics in Australia join global movement to curb climate change
Peter Hannam, The Canberra Times
Australia's Catholics are preparing to step up campaigns to address climate change ahead of an expected call to action by Pope Francis.
The Global Catholic Climate Movement, an international coalition of Catholic groups including Catholic Earthcare Australia, was launched on Thursday to bolster support for a global climate treaty at the Paris summit planned for December.
Jacqui Remond, director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, said Catholics numbered one in four Australians and the time is ripe for them to push for greater action on curbing global warming.
"Looking at the leadership and the governance we have in Australia right now, there isn't a lot of hope coming from the policies and the agenda that's set," Ms Remond said.
Australia joins Global Catholic Climate Movement
[Thursday marked] the launch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), an international coalition of Catholic organisations and leaders committed to a sustainable climate future.
At the launch, the group released a statement underpinned by Catholic teachings and calling for prayer and action among the world’s Catholic population to work together on climate issues.
Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, will present the statement to Pope Francis during his trip in the Philippines this week.
Pope Francis waded into the global debate about climate change on Thursday, saying that he believed that man was primarily responsible and that he hoped this year’s Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment.
The Pope said his long-awaited encyclical on the environment was almost finished and that he hoped it would be published in June, in time provide food for thought ahead of the UN climate meeting Paris in November.