Daily News - Thursday 13 June 2013
A culture barrier is leading young Indigenous Australians in remote Northern Territory communities to miss out on welfare payments.
Some women win while others lose
Rachel Browne, Sydney Morning Herald
Women have made some gains under the past six years of Labor government rule but many have gone backwards, say gender equality experts.
Solo mums treated with singular indifference
Rosie Lewis, The Australian
Single mum Melinda Johnstone knows a thing or two about feeling "banished" from the political debate.
Forced on to the dole six months ago, Ms Johnstone had never been in debt but is now behind on school fees and is living on the poverty line.
Australia's large casual workforce masking real unemployment rate
Simon Palan, ABC
Economists are warning an increase of casual and part-time work means Australia's unemployment rate is higher than we think.
NSW - Assessment of mental health treatment hurt by lack of data
Amy Corderoy, Sydney Morning Herald
More than $10 billion is being poured into mental health treatment annually despite an ‘‘information vacuum’’ about whether the treatments represent value for money, a review has found.
Salvos plead for more farm mental health support in outback Qld
Kate Stephens, ABC
The Salvation Army's Outback Flying Service says there needs to be more long-term mental health support for farmers in Queensland.
Rarely an isolated incident: Acknowledging the interrelatedness of child maltreatment, victimisation and trauma
Rhys Price-Robertson, Penelope Rush, Liz Wall & Daryl Higgins, AIFS
It is increasingly recognised that experiences of child maltreatment are rarely isolated incidents; different forms of abuse often co-occur, and trauma often develops over prolonged periods. This paper provides practitioners, policy-makers and researchers with an overview of a number of influential recent approaches to conceptualising, recognising and responding to the complexity of child maltreatment and trauma
It is time all sides work together to halt needless asylum seeker drownings
Paris Aristotle, Sydney Morning Herald
How many more asylum seekers must die on their way to Australia before our Parliament puts partisan politics aside and unites to prevent more tragedies?
People are fed up with continued growth in asylum-seeker numbers
Greg Sheridan, The Australian
The key concept to understanding what is going on is to recognise that we are dealing with determined immigration rather than a classic refugee situation. This is true even if you accept that the majority of people coming to Australia could qualify as refugees. They make their decisions about where to seek permanent residence on the basis of which nation is the softest touch and which offers the most extensive welfare.
Doctors and police in Melbourne's southeast fear that asylum seekers who are unable to work are becoming are being dragged into gang violence and drug and alcohol addiction.
Cash-hit charities working to survive
Chip Le Grand, The Australian
Community Council for Australia chief David Cosbie, whose organisation acts as a peak body for the not-for-profit sector, said individual donations in Australia had not recovered since dropping in response to the global financial crisis.
Good life is easy come, easy go
David Uren, The Australian
The implication is that the next government may face the political challenge of managing a historic fall in average living standards. It would have to explain that the gain in living standards of the past decade was never more than a temporary gift from China that the workforce at large had done nothing to deserve. Perhaps a campaign slogan of "Easy come, easy go".
How an Abbott government may run the economy
Peter Martin, Sydney Morning Herald
What would Tony Abbott do? As with all potential prime ministers there's no way to be sure. But thanks to an unusual instance of history repeating, we've been given an unusually clear idea of what he'll be told to do.
Abbott's audit will find all the cuts he won't make (March 2012)
Ross Gittins, Sydney Morning Herald
It's become established practice for incoming coalition governments - state and federal - to set up audit commissions headed by economic hard-men. But it's equally established practice for few if any of their (often worthy) recommendations to be acted on.
Big national debates sink in the sands of ignorance
John Watson, Sydney Morning Herald
Today in Australia, the gaps between the facts and the premises of public debates can be vast. Arguments seem to be driven by pure, and often wild, assertion - for instance, the claim Australia could end up like Greece. Evidence, it seems, is confusing or boring or too complicated for a sound bite.
Can we accept imperfection and still strive for a better society?
John Armstrong, The Conversation
We can readily be forgiven for thinking that these are the worst of times: our collective institutions seem feeble in the face of our needs and hopes.
The Christian churches – which were once powerful and noble in intent, look deranged and broken. Government seems preoccupied by short term advantage and factional squabbling; the capitalist economy is (in many parts of the world) in disrepair; the media is fragmenting, in financial trouble and driven downmarket.
US - Conservatives' attacks threaten bishops' anti-poverty organization
Tom Roberts, National Catholic Reporter
A newly released report highlights the ongoing threats to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. church's premier anti-poverty initiative, from conservative groups and prelates who object to giving money to organizations not in full compliance with church teaching.