Daily News - Friday 5 July 2013

Posted 5 July 2013 8:05am
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Disability sector will need extra help once scheme rolls out
Ava Benny-Morrison, Ipswich Advertiser

Disability service providers are preparing for a shortfall in staff once the long-awaited DisabilityCare scheme is rolled out with estimations 140,000 staff will need to be recruited.

The predicament is particularly pertinent in regional areas, where community sector salaries are not as attractive as those in neighbouring mining industries.

SA - Common Ground housing organisation needs more funds for housing for homeless
Tim Williams, Adelaide Now

The Common Ground housing organisation is calling for more government and private investment for housing the homeless on the back of surging demand.

Common Ground, which runs 90 apartments for the homeless and vulnerable on Franklin St and Light Square, has welcomed $8.5 million in combined state and federal funds and $800,000 from Santos towards a new $17 million city project with 49 apartments, to be built by the end of next year.

Show some heart and review Newstart
Cathy Peterson, The Courier

Kevin Rudd claims his government has heart.

If he wants to demonstrate that to the electorate he couldn't do better than to review the level of Newstart payments.

It is clear both major parties consider the unemployed to be undeserving of adequate financial support.

Welfare agencies worried about apparent increase in youth unemployment
The World Today, ABC

It's been called a youth unemployment crisis - an apparent jump in the amount of young people unable to find a full time job.

Figures from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations show a 27 per cent increase in long term youth job seekers over the past year.

Welfare agencies are worried about what they say is an increasing trend, where young men in particular are unable to find permanent work.

Sussan Ley says the government has turned its back on young people
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

Opposition employment participation spokeswoman Sussan Ley told The Australian youth unemployment would be attacked by a range of strong policies that limited welfare.

... "This government watered down our highly successful work-for-the-dole program. If elected we'll restore that.

"We'll also suspend the welfare payments of young people after six months in areas where there are available unskilled and unfilled jobs."

Inequality, health and well-being: time for a national debate
Robert Douglas, The Conversation

The launch this week of his new book Battlers and Billionaires: The Story Of Inequality in Australia, by parliamentarian and economist Andrew Leigh, raises a question about whether the issue of growing inequality should and will receive serious attention in the lead-up to the Federal election.

What do Australians think about equality?
Andrew Leigh, Inside Story

To see whether you care about inequality, take this simple test. Would you prefer to be born into a society in which the bottom fifth of households had 1 per cent and the top fifth had 62 per cent of the wealth? Or a society in which the poor had 15 per cent and the rich had 24 per cent?

Meet Mr Predistribution: Jacob Hacker
George Eaton, New Statesman

For this week's New Statesman, I interviewed Jacob Hacker, the Yale political scientist who coined the term "predistribution". The concept, referring to how governments should seek to create more equal outcomes even before collecting taxes and paying out benefits (before redistribution, in other words), attracted the attention of Westminster last year after Ed Miliband used it in an interview with the NS and a speech to Policy Network.

UK - Jacob Hacker on predistribution and Cameron PMQ jibe (video)
BBC

Predistribution - not be a word in everyone's vocabulary - comes from Ed Miliband's intellectual guru from the US, who has been the a target of a David Cameron joke in PMQs as his name has echoes with the Yes Prime minister TV series.

Prof Jacob Hacker explained the phrase - a way of redesigning what the government does when it does not want to spend any more money or raise taxes - to Daily Politics reporter Adam Fleming.

Why Bob Carr is kidding himself about refugees
Kerry Murphy, Eureka Street

Senator Bob Carr's comments show a lack of understanding of the separation of powers, the rule of law and the refugee assessment process in Australia.

UK - Social impact bonds help charity tackle homelessness
Green Futures

A new kind of payments by results scheme, funded by private finance, is transforming the lives of homeless people in the UK.

... The St Mungo’s deal is structured to ensure that outcome risks are shared between the charity and external social investors; St Mungo’s has also invested £250,000 of first loss equity in the Street Impact project, which can be drawn on if things go wrong. For external investors, this was an essential sign of St Mungo’s commitment and confidence in its delivery of the programme.

Visualising impact investing and the social investment market (2011)
Engaged Investment

A striking aspect of the social impact investment market is how it has already proven itself to be alive with intermediate capital instruments, even if the terminology is not yet commonplace, whether it is philanthropic capital invested as first-loss equity-like capital or the spectrum of debt capital structured with performance-related aspects including the wide sector of Payment-by-Results Capital that includes Social Impact Bonds, which is now growing rapidly, or patient capital debt with tailored repayment and interest schedules, as well as unsecured medium and longer-term debt for working capital and development capital, among others.

Canada - Thinking beyond Social Impact Bonds: Benefiting further from “pay-for-performance” structures
Christian Novak, Social Finance

What [pay for performance] structures have in common is that the governments that are currently providing the needed funds get to only provide such funding under certain conditions, which are linked to positive outcomes/performance. Examples of these structures include “pay-for-performance Grants” and “Conditionally Guaranteed Development Impact Bonds” (as I call them).

Should bosses tweet? The do's and don'ts for executives
Neil Koenig, BBC

Steve Tappin, a management expert and author who coaches the chief executives of many large companies, says only a small percentage of his clients have taken the plunge into the world of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Some CEOs do not understand how to use social media properly, whilst others are afraid of the consequences of things going wrong.

But company executives should look beyond the difficulties because they could gain a lot by becoming more involved, he says.

Bosses hunting your Twitter raves
Sarah Harvey, stuff.co.nz

It's not what you know, it's who you know: be it Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections or Twitter followers.

How popular you are on these social media sites is becoming increasingly important as companies look for well-connected and influential people to bring firepower to their brands.

Survey facts are polls apart
John Warhurst, Sydney Morning Herald

Julia Gillard lost office essentially because both she personally and her government were a polling disaster. Furious debate continues as to why that was the case. There are plenty of suggestions but little agreement. For some, the answers are clear, but for others they remain obscure.

Catholic Bishops issue statement on Australian elections
Vatican Radio

Australians are preparing for elections later this year, and the country’s Catholic bishops are urging the electorate to “vote for the common good.” Earlier this week, the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference issued its Election Statement for 2013.

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