Daily News - Tuesday 10 June 2014
Frail elderly 'terrified' of fee increases for residential homes
Deborah Cornwall, PM, ABC
Aged care advocates have warned reforms to aged care funding - due to come into effect next month - will leave many older Australians too terrified to ask for the care they desperately need. The reforms were supposed to ensure aged care was more accessible to all Australians but critics say they will have the opposite effect: making it cheaper for wealthy superannuants and prohibitively expensive for many pensioners.
Bush ball to bring out the 'white elephant' of mental illness
Emma Brown, ABC Rural
A group of young people in northern New South Wales are working to lift the lid on mental illness.
Their friend Scotty Campbell was described as a sportsman and a popular member of the New England community.
He lost his battle with depression last May and now some of his friends are combining his commemoration with efforts to start a discussion in the community around suicide prevention.
Men's Shed helps out with play therapy
North West Star
Children and adults in Mount Isa can now enjoy sand play therapy in brightly coloured sandboxes.
The Mount Isa Men's Shed built and donated sandboxes to Centacare North Queensland, which was having difficulty finding the right equipment needed for the therapy.
Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up?
Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American
Introversion is one of the most misunderstood dimensions of personality. Many people are not aware that the original definition of introversion, as posed by Carl Jung, is not how the term is used in modern personality psychology. Jung equated introversion with “inwardly directed psychic energy”. Even the modern Wikipedia page for Extraversion and Introversion defines introversion as “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life.”
But that’s not introversion.
UK - Rebecca Front: 'There's no such thing as normal'
Katie Grant, The Independent
Three years ago, after seeing Nick Clegg on the news discussing the stigma surrounding mental illness, Front took to Twitter to reveal her own mental health problems and encouraged others to speak out, too. "Fancy taking the stigma out of mental illness? I'll start: I'm Rebecca Front and I've had panic attacks," she wrote, using the hashtag "whatstigma".
Within hours, "whatstigma" was trending, with multitudes of Twitter users opening up about their mental health issues. Mental health charities commended Front's courage in speaking frankly about her experiences, and she unwittingly became the public face of panic attacks and phobias.
Nowhere to go: website can help homeless
Maria Galinovic, St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
Young people for whom the idea of family as a safe haven does not work any more are forced to look elsewhere to feel safe and nurtured.
Most turn to their friends.
When she was 20, Maddison lived with friends for almost a year, going from couch to couch until resentment at her constant presence turned those friendships sour.
UK - The 'anti-homeless spikes' are just one part of a bleak tale for rough sleepers
Katherine Sacks Jones, The Independent
Yesterday, pictures appeared of inch-long studs in a sheltered doorway outside a new housing development in London, seemingly designed to deter homeless people from sleeping there. The images struck a chord and have been widely condemned across social media.
It’s important to put these metal spikes into context. They were driven into the pavement of a city that saw 2,029 individuals sleeping on its streets in just the first three months of this year.
Unemployed youth fear tougher life under welfare changes
Andree Withey, ABC
Rosie Lawrie, 25, has been unemployed for four months.
She lives in supported housing in Brisbane and receives $510 a fortnight on Newstart.
Ms Lawrie says she is scared at the prospect of surviving for six months without social security payments if she cannot find a job.
Dear Tony, from someone you may once have called a 'job snob'
Simon Castles, The Age
I look back on my period of unemployment in the mid-'90s as an awful time. As a spirit-crushing fog in which day-to-day life was shadowed constantly by feelings of frustration, worthlessness and worry. But if the government gets these changes through, I'll know I was truly one of the lucky ones. I'll know I was part of one of the last generations of young unemployed to be given a chance before the dismantling of the safety net began.
US - Study: Opportunities in Young Adulthood Linked to Later Narcissism
Julie Beck, The Atlantic
... if there are generational differences in narcissism, a new study published in Psychological Science suggests that they might be attributable to the economy.
“People who came of age during tumultuous economic times were less likely to endorse items suggesting that they were unique, special, and entitled to superior outcomes relative to people who entered adulthood in more prosperous times,” the study reads.
One in eight jobseekers wrongly assessed to be ready for work
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
One in eight jobseekers whose “work-readiness” assessments would leave them subject to the Abbott government’s new six-month welfare payment cuts have been reassessed as having barriers to employment that would allow them to receive exemptions.
From 2009 to last year, 17.4 per cent of jobseekers who entered stream 1, those deemed to be “work ready”, were reassessed and subsequently moved to a higher stream, data provided to Senate estimates shows. Thirteen per cent were reassessed to one of the two highest streams, for people with significant or severe barriers to employment.
US - The Mental-Health Consequences of Unemployment
Rebecca J Rosen, The Atlantic
Those who have been looking for work for half a year or more are more than three times as likely to be suffering from depression as those with jobs.
... It gets worse: Crabtree notes a recent study that many people who find work after long periods of unemployment lose their new jobs within the year. Perhaps, he theorizes, their depression is causing them to miss work, and their employers aren't interested in waiting around for them to recover.
When the going gets tough, supervisors pick on their weaker staff
Alex Fradera, BPS Research Digest
A crisis changes everything. Friends are gone, and survivors must adapt to a new, dangerous environment. In the aftermath, predators circle to exploit the weak and vulnerable. According to new research, this not only describes the red tooth and claw of nature, it also applies to the workplace. Pedro Neves at the New University of Lisbon provides evidence that following an organisational downsize, employees are more likely to receive abuse from their supervisors.
Why Hockey's budget is unsustainable
... even if the budget passes intact, it contains the seeds of its own destruction.
Pensions heading inexorably below the poverty line? Pressure throughout the public sector for wages - including for nurses, teachers, childcare and age-care workers - to rise no faster than inflation, while private sector wages continue rising in real terms with productivity growth?
The vice-chancellor herd given total control over how high uni fees (and graduate debts) rise, including whether they make training for jobs as nurses, teachers and even government lawyers financially untenable?
This budget is unsustainable because the wider implications of its measures haven't been thought through. By knocking back its worst features, the Senate will be doing the Coalition (and the nation) a favour.
Is this the end of Medicare?
Michael Green, The Age
Medicare was always a dogfight. It became law in the most extraordinary circumstances: one of a handful of bills passed during the only joint sitting of Federal Parliament in the nation's history, after the double dissolution election in 1974.
As the Whitlam government prepared to introduce the system - then known as Medibank - its opponents rallied. The Australian Medical Association marshalled a million-dollar ''Freedom Fund'', donated by members. Determined to stop bureaucrats interfering with patients, it hired a former Miss Australia to front its publicity campaign. The General Practitioners' Society of Australia circulated a poster depicting social security minister Bill Hayden dressed in Nazi uniform.
The top ten 2014 budget cuts you didn't know about
Jason Bryce, Single Mum
You may have read a lot about the recent government Budget cuts to Family Tax Benefits, student loans, indexation of pensions and benefits, as well as the proposed new $7 co-payment for medical services.
Maybe you thought you worked out that your family will escape much of the pain.
... There are plenty of hidden little cuts and changes to government programmes that, when all added up, will hit families hard.
Budget backlash shows we still value the fair go
Philip Freier, Brisbane Times
The economics of Ayn Rand have found resurgent influence in America, and it feels as though elements of her thinking are sneaking into Australian policy too. Rand rejected altruism as morally deficient, favouring the radical autonomy of individuals responsible only to themselves in which selfishness is a key virtue. Rand argued that taxes are not the price citizens pay for a civilised society, but theft from the strong by the weak.
Clive Palmer backs John Williams' paid parental leave compromise
James Massola, Sydney Morning Herald
Clive Palmer has extended an olive branch to Prime Minister Tony Abbott on his paid parental leave scheme, offering to support a compromise deal put forward by Nationals senator John Williams.
In the first sign Mr Palmer, a trenchant critic of Mr Abbott's $5.5 billion scheme, may compromise, the Palmer United leader gave qualified support to Senator Williams' proposal, potentially ending the Senate impasse.
PM rejects compromise proposal for PPL
Naomi Woodley, PM, ABC
Questions about the Prime Minister's 'signature' paid parental leave policy have followed him overseas.
One Nationals Senator has again voiced his opposition to the wage replacement scheme, and suggested a compromise instead.
But Labor, the Greens, and the Prime Minister himself have already rejected that.
US - Cardinal Tackles Libertarian Individualism as Harmful to Solidarity
Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register
As a variety of forms of social and political libertarianism gain in popularity in the United States, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, appeared at an event sponsored by The Catholic University of America to present the Church’s social teachings articulated by Pope Francis against radical individualism in economic, social, and political life.
US - Theologians critique Cardinal Dolan's defense of capitalism
Thomas Reese, National Catholic Reporter
In a May 22 opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, "The Pope's Case for Virtuous Capitalism," Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York criticized the media for giving the impression that "the only thing on the pope's mind was government redistribution of property, as if he were denouncing capitalism and endorsing some form of socialism."
They overlook, the cardinal argues, "the principal focus of Pope Francis' economic teaching -- that economic and social activity must be based on the virtues of compassion and generosity."
British private equity and social finance pioneer Sir Ronald Cohen has met with Financial System Inquiry panel member Carolyn Hewson to promote social benefit bonds and the establishment of an Australian social investment bank with $350 million seed capital.
Australia should mimic Britain’s £700 million ($1.26 billion) Big Society Capital, an institution he launched in April 2012 at the behest of Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Cohen says.
Handouts at dawn in philanthropy spat
Tom Stabile, FT
As rivalries go, it is no Montagues and Capulets, Ali versus Frazier, or Real Madrid lacing up against FC Barcelona. But a debate is bubbling among people of ample means over how they should give back to those less fortunate, and it has at times flashed a sharp elbow.
It is not obvious that the two camps – philanthropists and impact investors – would be at odds. Indeed they share a trait: unlike classic charity, where moneyed types simply heap vast sums toward a cause with no strings attached or guarantees of results, the newer strains of givers set clear expectations that their funds will log measurable social benefits.
Confessing Nonprofit Social Media Strategy
Gordon Dymowski,, Chicago Now
Relationship building is paramount in both individual and organizational networking, and expanding reach is critical - not just to maintain current relationships, but allowing nonprofits, social ventures, and other mission-driven organizations to engage a broader audience base....
....but it means being smarter with creating unique content and sharing with a core group of key influencers.