Daily News - Tuesday 16 July 2013

Posted 16 July 2013 7:54am
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Melbourne the housing stress capital of Australia
Jackson Gothe-Snape, Herald Sun

Melbourne is Australia's housing stress capital - with Melbourne's suburban electorates Holt, Gorton and Calwell topping the nation for electorates with households under mortgage stress.

NDIS delay for fear of overload
Rick Morton, The Australian

People with disabilities living in the ACT would have had access to a national insurance scheme at the same time as other launch sites this month, but it was delayed a year because authorities were concerned about how providers would cope with the new model.

Majority would give asylum seekers jobs
Michael Gordon, Sydney Morning Herald

More than 60 per cent of voters agree that asylum seekers released into the community should be able work for an income until their claims are decided, the latest Fairfax-Nielsen poll reveals.

Indonesia's Foreign Minister in broadside on 'turning back the boats'
David Wroe, The Age

The burden of dealing with asylum seekers should not be shoved onto one country, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has warned in a further broadside against the Coalition's vow to turn back boats.

Mistreated nursing home residents 'better off in a concentration camp'
Margot O'Neill, Lateline, ABC

Traumatised relatives have raised shocking claims that their loved ones were left to die unnecessarily or in great pain because of a critical lack of staff and training in nursing homes.

Shortages in aged care have existed for far too long
Emma Alberici, Lateline, ABC (video)

The Minister for Aged Care, Jacinta Collins, discusses the crisis in aged care and says the Labor Government has a 10-year plan to improve the supply of aged care services.

New website compares aged care services
Clarissa Thorpe, ABC

A new Federal Government website to help people choose aged care providers is now online.

The My Aged Care website aims to help elderly people and their families make informed decisions about nursing homes and in-home support services.

Teen mothers find help in a holistic approach
Marika Dobbin, The Age

St Kilda teenager Skye Lindsay was a party girl, sneaking into nightclubs with her friends and sleeping in until 2pm.

However, everything changed at barely 17 years old when she fell unexpectedly pregnant with her daughter, Bellah, now 20 months.

High stress linked to poor health among Indigenous kids
Alexia Atwood, The Conversation

High stress among Indigenous children in urban areas is linked to poorer physical health and more parental concern about behavioural issues, a new study has found.

Our fear of adoptions is hurting vulnerable children
Jeremy Sammut, The Drum

The major recommendations of the Carmody Commission's final report into the Queensland child protection system are flawed and contradictory.

But if you dig into the 700-page document, an accurate picture emerges of the child protection crisis in Australia and what needs to be done to fix the systemic problems that are a key driver of social disadvantage in this country.

One-parent families with dependent children
Australian Family Trends No. 4, Australian Institute of Family Studies

... the proportion of all families that are headed by a single parent has increased but remains quite small (11% in 2011). Of all families with dependent children, on the other hand, 22% were one-parent families in the 2011 Census, up from 19% in 1996.

The sins of our fathers may be less than our own on Struggle Street
Nick Cater, The Australian

For the past 500 years in England, and latterly in Australia, a combination of social stigma and an absence of welfare kept the illegitimacy rate at about 5 per cent.

With the spread of permissive attitudes in the 60s, the rate began to creep up. By the time Whitlam came to power, almost 10 per cent of births occurred outside of marriage. In 1972, 25,652 children were born to unmarried mothers and about 10,000 of those were adopted. In 1973, the Whitlam government introduced sole parents benefit, making it possible for single women to keep their babies and survive.

The Social Ravages of Sixties Philosophy
Julia Patrick, Quadrant

In False Promises, Lucy Sullivan compares the two halves of the twentieth century in Australia from the viewpoint of social stability and morality.

What do we care about?
Roland Manderson, Anglicare

A fairly recent report from the Anatomy of Civil Societies Research Project, What Matters to Australians: Our Social, Political and Economic Values, highlighted the shift from 2007 until today from an atypical interest in the world - environmental sustainability in fact - to a return to prioritising only our own and our family's health and well-being.

Unearned advantage allows men to dominate
Ross Honeywill, Sydney Morning Herald

Women are running neck and neck with their male counterparts in Australia's universities. And they are dominating important professional categories. But the bad news is that in the high-salary stakes, any semblance of equity appears a long way off.

The alchemy of Australia's personality politics
Fatima Measham, Eureka Street

Over the past couple years, I have observed with some sympathy the frustrations of Labor members over the apparent media obsession with leadership contests. Their argument that political discourse should be about policies rather than personalities is valid. The reality, however, is far more complex.

Why I still love the Catholic Church
Frank Brennan, Eureka Street

I have been asked at this meeting of the Australian Jesuits and our companions on the journey to explain why I love the Catholic Church despite all the woes we are suffering as a social institution as a moment. I love the Church because it is the privileged space where people can share their deepest insights about the most profound experiences, and it is the sacred space where we can hear those insights respectfully and empathetically, and discern the action of the Spirit as we walk together on the road with Jesus towards the eternal banquet with the Father.

Is Pope Francis the Catholic Princess Diana?
Eric Marrapodi, CNN

Through acts such as embracing a child with cerebral palsy, washing the feet of juvenile delinquents and celebrating Mass on a migrant island, Francis is using the power of his celebrity to bring media attention to dark forgotten corners of the world.

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