Daily News - Monday 2 March 2015

Posted 2 March 2015 3:40pm
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Federal Government cash vital to Moreland homelessness support services

Neelima Choahan - Moreland Leader

After being on the verge of homelessness, the 60-year-old has found his own space in Pascoe Vale thanks to VincentCare.

“It’s a one-bedroom flat,” Mr Passuello said.

“It has worked out really well.

“Now I feel I am in a comfortable place and I am really happy here.”

A financial planner, Mr Passuello quit his job after falling sick due to work stress and a marriage breakdown.

Suffering anxiety and migraines, he moved in with his elderly mother, but her house was sold to fund her nursing home costs.

Work stress and a marriage break down led to Maurice Passuello leaving his job.
“I don’t know where I would have been if VincentCare hadn’t been there to help me,” Mr Passuello said.

“I had nothing and VincentCare bought me all the goods for the kitchen.

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Take it from me: We can't afford to crush young people's employment hopes

Ricky Muir - The Age

My resume does not read like most politicians'. I left school at 15 and moved out of home soon after. This is the first time I've revealed these details in public, and my hope is that my story will highlight how crushing it is to be young and unemployed in Australia.

When I left school in 1996, I was really desperate to find a job. I needed money to put food on the table and pay the rent, or I would have been out on the streets. I applied for many, many entry-level jobs – including abattoir work – near where I lived in Gippsland, but I couldn't catch a break for a long time. It was soul-destroying. At times, tears were shed. I did not have the financial support of my parents who were facing their own challenges, so I had to rely on Centrelink payments for more than a year.

Although I did land my first job – working in manufacturing in Melbourne – when I was 17, the experience of being a teenager and jobless was a very challenging time in my life. It only takes a couple of knock-backs from jobs to bring your morale down.

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Federal government cuts threaten ACT domestic violence interpreter services

Megan Gorrey - Canberra Times

Federal budget cuts are set to leave funding for interpreters for non-English speaking women subjected to domestic violence in limbo and could force the ACT's crisis workers to glean savings from other vital support services.

Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT executive director Mirjana Wilson said disrupted access to translators and interpreters would widen barriers already experienced by victims with English language difficulties and impact their ability to access support and legal counsel.

The federal government has footed the bill for the service's access to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's around-the-clock Translating and Interpreting Service for clients in the past, but that funding is set to be axed in June.

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Indigenous leader welcomes 'bold' joint decision-making plan

Jacqueline Breen - ABC News

A far west Indigenous leader says a new joint decision-making deal signed with the State Government is an unprecedented step forward.

Last month the Aboriginal Affairs Minister Victor Dominello finalised the Local Decision Making accord with the far west's Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly.

The model, which is being trialled in five locations around the state, will see Aboriginal organisations take more control of government services in their community.

Murdi Paaki chairman Sam Jeffries said it's welcome recognition by government of the community's desire for responsibility and respect.

"[The program] presents an opportunity that we in the Murdi Paaki region have been wanting for some time, wanting a greater say in the way government programs and services are implemented and rolled out across the region," Mr Jeffries.

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