Daily News - Tuesday 20 August 2013

Posted 20 August 2013 8:09am
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Easing troubled minds
Michael Short

This year, 4 million Australians will experience mental ill-health. In our lifetimes, as many as half of us will encounter it. There are more people in Australia today with depression than there are suffering a common cold. And even more - one in seven Australians - will have an anxiety disorder this year.

The cost to the economy is estimated at $30 billion a year. This includes care and treatment and welfare payments, as well as countless lost hours of work.

NSW social workers to strike
AAP

Case workers at the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) will strike for one hour from midday (AEST) on Tuesday to highlight the high vacancy rates, lack of resources and "frustrating red tape" that is hampering effective child protection, the Public Services Association (PSA) said in a statement on Monday.

Navigating the maze of disability health
Emma Sykes and Terri Begley, ABC

Todd Winther knows all too well the challenges that young people with disabilities face in accessing appropriate care.

The political sciences lecturer and PhD student is finally living in age appropriate supported living in a Youngcare facility in Cinnamon Park in Brisbane's west...but it took him a decade to find his way.

Disordered gambling: focusing on more than just ‘problem gamblers’
Martin Young and Francis Markham, The Conversation

Since the issue of problem gambling was placed under the national spotlight by the Productivity Commission in 1999, we have witnessed ongoing public debate about Australia’s gambling industries. The commission estimated the prevalence of problem gambling to be 2.1% of the adult population, translating at the time to approximately 290,000 people.

Childhood Bullying’s Lasting Impact on Employment
Alexandra Sifferlin, Time

Bullying can have harmful effects on childhood development, and the latest research reveals those detrimental influences may even stretch into adulthood, depending on how victims handle the trauma.

Troubled Teens Make More Successful Entrepreneurs
Khadeeja Safdar, Wall Street Journal

Smart, rule-abiding teenagers are less likely to become successful entrepreneurs than equally intelligent teens who engage in illicit activities, according to new research.

In a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, economists Ross Levine and Yona Rubinstein examine what it takes to become an entrepreneur and whether entrepreneurship pays off in terms of wages.

... “Of course, you have to be smart,” says Mr. Levine. “But it’s a unique combination of breaking rules and being smart that helps you become an entrepreneur.”

Who's really starting companies in America?
Grace Nasri, Fast Company

Immigrants today are more than twice as likely to found businesses as their native-born counterparts and are responsible for more than 25% of all new business creation and related job growth.

Rudd’s Refugee-Policy Shift Fails to Win Australia Voter Backing
Jason Scott and Brett Foley, Businessweek

Labor voter Youhorn Chea, a current representative of the Greater Dandenong City Council in the state of Victoria, embodies popular discontent even among immigrant communities with asylum seekers who don’t file paperwork for admission to the country before attempting to enter it.

“We all need to respect Australian law,” said Chea, 67, who fled his native Cambodia three decades ago with his wife and four children as the Khmer Rouge regime oversaw the deaths of millions.

PNG solution illegal, court will hear
Michael Gordon and Daniel Flitton, The Age

The Rudd government's Papua New Guinea Solution faces its first legal challenge, with lawyers representing an asylum seeker who has been sent to Manus Island set to launch High Court action on Tuesday.

Preventing Asylum Seekers from Accessing the Courts
Amanda Spienza, Constitutional Critique

The Coalition has announced that, if elected to form government on 7 September, it will seek to prevent asylum-seekers who attempt to arrive (or have already arrived) in Australia by boat without a visa from being able to access the courts for review if their refugee or protection claims are rejected. The shadow Minister for Immigration also stated that the Coalition would make the process for assessment of such asylum-seekers’ claims “non-statutory”. Although neither the announcement nor the accompanying policy document makes it clear, the implication is that the “non-statutory” nature of the process will render decisions made pursuant to the process unexaminable by the courts. Given the High Court’s recent rhetoric on preventing “islands of power immune from supervision and restraint” (see Kirk v IRC (NSW) (2010) at [99]) this is a brave position to take.

Resettlement statistics explode myth of ‘regular pathways’ for refugees (pdf)
Media release, Refugee Council of Australia

Resettling all refugees now registered in countries where they are at potential risk would take more than a century at current rates of resettlement, according to an analysis of the latest United Nations statistics by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA).

No regional solution to people-smuggling
Greg Sheridan, The Australian

Today a regional conference on people-smuggling begins in Indonesia, and it is one month and one day since Kevin Rudd announced the PNG Solution. Two stark facts are now obvious.

A regional solution as advertised cannot work, and the PNG Solution has not worked, the boats have certainly not stopped, nor even much slowed.

Labor resists western values
Nick Cater, The Australian

Non-Western migrants are the cultural backbone of working-class social conservatives. The progressive narrative paints them as victims, as a friendless, non-white underclass battling discrimination at every turn, reliant on the handouts and tribunal judgments only the compassionate Left provides.

The rights-based individualism of the Western world, however, sits awkwardly with most non-Western cultures, particularly in Asia, where loyalty and respect for family and tradition are paramount. The family unit, not the benevolent state, remains the dominant community support mechanism and the thread that binds the social fabric.

Explainer: Indigenous policy and the 2013 federal election
Diana Perche, The Conversation

With the federal election in our sights, we are reminded of the long journey ahead in addressing past wrongs and present challenges for Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

Historically, the similarities outweigh the differences when comparing the positions of the two major parties on Indigenous issues, and the current policy approach is remarkably bipartisan.

NZ - Doctors told to prescribe work ethic
Michelle Duff, stuff.co.nz

Doctors are being encouraged to question unemployed patients on their career goals as part of sweeping welfare reforms, which critics fear will penalise the disabled.

But advocates say getting patients off the benefit is part of a GP's job, and work-focused conversations need to start in the doctor's clinic.

NZ - No Paula Bennett, Tampons and Pads are Not “Luxury Items”: WINZ and Institutionalised Sexism
Tulia Thompson

A close female friend who is a “job seeker” went to WINZ because she had absolutely no money for food. After the usual evidence-providing procedures, her case officer provided her with a supermarket card. But when he gave it to her he carefully explained that the supermarket card was for “necessity items only”, and she could not use it for various “luxury items” including tampons and pads.

NZ - Claims about payment card 'totally untrue'
Rebecca Quilliam and Claire Trevett

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Social Development said any claims that female hygiene products could not be purchased using the Work and Income payment card were "totally untrue".

"Individual items are not tagged on payment cards. If someone's card doesn't work, it would be for a system reason and not because of what the person bought.

"The only items banned from purchase on the payment cards are electronics, appliances, alcohol and cigarettes."

A new deal for urban Australia
Urban Coalition, Urban Development Institute of Australia (via APO)

More than 80 per cent of Australia’s population live in cities that collectively generate over 80 per cent of our economic wealth.

A bi-partisan commitment to planning and delivering better cities; to working collaboratively with the states and territories, and with industry, to prioritise and fund the infrastructure we need for jobs, growth and a better way of life is now more urgent than ever.

Event - The Social Marketplace
Centre for Social Impact

Monday 28 October 2013 - Tuesday 29 October 2013
Sydney, New South Wales

The Centre for Social Impact at UNSW is proud to present The Social Marketplace, a two-day event for anyone interested in participating in an interactive learning experience about the potential for an impact investment market in Australia.

UK - Public fails to give to £50m government match fund scheme
Celina Ribeiro, Civil Society

Cabinet Office made savings of £8.1m last year largely as a result of the failure of individual and corporate donors to take up its £150m match fund challenge designed to invigorate local philanthropy for community foundations.

Church Organizations are Not Just NGOs
Sandie Cornish, Social-Spirituality.net

Pope Francis has said that the Church is not an NGO. In fact he has said it more than once. Why is he saying this? Is there something wrong with being an NGO? What does it mean for organisations like CatholicCare that are NGOs and also very much part of the Church?

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