Daily News - Friday 21 November 2015
Alan Tudge slams ACOSS over indigenous cash welfare
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian ($)
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister on Indigenous Affairs, Alan Tudge, has accused the Australian Council of Social Service of hypocrisy, revealing that in policy documents it supports a cashless card for “emergency relief” while opposing Andrew Forrest’s proposal for a cashless welfare card for vulnerable people.
The nation’s largest welfare group has slammed the idea as presented in the Forrest Review, but its Emergency Relief Handbook says cash welfare isn’t appropriate in all cases.
The ACOSS document says “cash may not be an appropriate form of Emergency Relief for people with addiction issues who may be tempted to use the cash to support their addiction”.
Why younger Australians need a stronger welfare safety net
Callam Pickering, Business Spectator
What would you say if I said that instead of cutting youth unemployment benefits, we should increase them?
What would you say if I said that unemployment benefits should rise for the young, but be reduced for older people?
That might seem strange, or at least inequitable, but it might also be economically rational. A recent paper by economists Claudio Michelacci and Hernan Ruffo argues that US economic welfare would rise if unemployment insurance was increased for young workers and decreased for old.
Rebuilding Community - It’s Time NFPs!
Doug Taylor, Pro Bono News
It seems to me there is an ‘its time’ phenomenon under way at the moment in the Australian Social Sector with the growing realisation that the way we are doing business just isn’t working and doesn’t provide a road map for the future.
In many ways the numerous conversations regarding this are a call for Not For Profits to rediscover the early days when the sector was more than an arm of Government but had a mission focused on involving local communities in solving their own problems.
Beware the ‘Anti-Social’ Sector
Nadia Boyce, Pro Bono News
Impact measurement, with a focus on collaboration rather than pleasing funders with “pictures of sad children, is key to avoiding an “anti-social” sector as charities compete to stand out, a Sydney Conference has been warned.
... Lumley said that where funders’ demands took priority in the raising of resources, organisational survival was often forced to take priority over mission, resulting in a lack of lasting impact.
Transforming Our Anti-Social Sector
Tris Lumley, Stanford Social Innovation Review
If we are genuinely to focus on what we need to maximize social impact, we have to start with the beneficiary, not the funder. That means understanding the lives of beneficiaries through research, experience, intuition, and every tool we have at our disposal. It also means understanding the system in which they exist, and through which we will deliver and mediate any and all interventions.
Choosing who provides your care is empowering but only if you know how
Stephanie Kumpunen, Lisa Trigg, and Ricardo Rodrigues
Promoting and enabling choice in publicly-funded health and care services has gained popularity in many countries over recent decades. In part, choice is intended to empower individuals to have more control over their care. It also reflects a belief by many economists that choice can bring about improved care and outcomes as care providers compete for “business.”
The number of vulnerable children and families in Victoria is growing at an alarming rate. Child welfare organisations are struggling to cope with the soaring demand for services to help these children and families. The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has developed a 2014 election statement to identify the child welfare policy areas that need the most urgent attention from Victoria’s political parties as they prepare for the state election in November 2014.
SOPHIE SCOTT: Young mum Tessa Staines was two weeks away from delivering her first son Cooper when she says her brain "exploded".
TESSA STAINES: I just woke up one morning and out of nowhere, my head just kind of filled with intrusive thoughts and I didn't know what they were or how to get rid of them and I was really kind of scared.
The thoughts I was having were very graphic, they were disturbing, and they were very vivid. They were so strong to the point of almost being like hallucinating.
Aboriginal mothers' ill-treatment in jail gives kids a bad start
Debbie Kilroy, The Canberra Times
The treatment of criminalised and imprisoned women and girls is deteriorating rapidly in Australia.
The Productivity Commission's report on indigenous disadvantage, which showed a huge jump in the number of indigenous people being imprisoned and in the numbers self harming, is an indictment on us all.
But the information isn't new. The prison system hides behind thousands of pages of law and polices that suggest women prisoners are treated fairly and with dignity, and that they are in prison to protect the community. This is what makes it difficult to expose the raw reality of women and girls' exposure to systematic breaches of human rights behind bars.
150 WA communities may close
Caitlyn Gribbin, Lateline, ABC
Indigenous leaders are debating a controversial proposal to close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The State Government says tiny communities, some with as few as five residents, are costing too much to run. Some Aboriginal leaders say closing communities will have appalling consequences, but others say there's merit in the plan. Caitlyn Gribbin has more.
Indigenous Australians offer a broader concept of wellbeing
Victoria Grieves, The Conversation
In 2009, I asked a group of Aboriginal people in the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern what factors influenced their wellbeing. I included indicators such as those used by the OECD, factors raised by the world’s Indigenous people at the United Nations, and those that occurred to me as an insider researcher.
The results are dramatic and illuminating. They changed my life in that they indelibly changed my way of thinking about the directions of my research.
Ahead of the Victorian state election, Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) parents and service providers are calling on the next state government to do three critical things to support quality early learning in Victoria.
Vocational education centre in Doonside is facing closure after federal budget funding cuts
Nigel Gladston, Blacktown Advocate
The Eagles Raps youth centre in Doonside has helped educate more than 2000 young people since 2001 but is facing closure due to Federal Government funding cuts. The centre has been run by Marten and Sally Wynd as a place for students at risk or those who dropped out of school in the Blacktown area to get their lives back on track.
Mr Wynd said the service would help about 70 youth a week before funding was cut in May but they couldn’t afford to keep it at that level. “We’re winding down. At the moment we’re down to about 15-20 kids,” he said.
Donovans chefs on a mission to help homeless
Miki Perkins, Good Food
In the dining room of Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda, hundreds of breakfasts and lunches from donated food are dished up for the homeless and penniless, every day of the year.
For the past couple of months the mission's volunteers have been helped by chefs and wait staff from well-loved St Kilda restaurant Donovans, which caught fire in August and is undergoing repairs to its kitchen and back-of-house area.
An insurance policy covered all wages so owners Gail and Kevin Donovan decided to see how they and their 20 chefs and other staff could help the local St Kilda community.
Beware of cover for making bigotry respectable
Tim Soutphommasane, The Canberra Times
Islam isn't a race. It's a religion. Therefore, abusing Muslims isn't racist. The real racism is that we're not allowed to criticise Islam.
This is the logic of many who are expressing hostility towards Muslims and Islam. Many have written to me directly, often in language unfit for public repetition. They say that they are concerned with the beliefs and practices of Muslims. They say they are entitled to be scornful of Islam, which they fear is taking over Australia.
The distinction between race and religion is a complex one. But it shouldn't be used to provide cover for making bigotry respectable.
Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, pope says
Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said.
"Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that's not holiness," the pope said Wednesday at his weekly general audience.
Holiness is something much greater, much more profound than looking like an image on a holy card, he said. "It is living with love and offering your own Christian witness in your daily tasks."