Daily News - Tuesday 9 July 2013

Posted 9 July 2013 8:17am
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Refugees Suffer In The Community Too
Jess Rosenberg, New Matilda

Asylum Seekers living in the community on bridging visas are among Australia’s most destitute and impoverished people, according to a new report from the Australian Red Cross.

Welfare agencies struggle to support asylum seekers
Jason Om, Lateline, ABC

The welfare system is straining under the pressure of the needs of thousands of asylum seekers living in the community but unable to work.

DisabilityCare: getting down to business
Alex Varley, Ramp Up, ABC

Amongst all the fanfare and empowerment talk was the realisation that now, service providers must get down to the business of transforming their organisations into ones that view recipients of their services as paying customers. The shift to seeing people with disability as empowered, discerning customers impacts on every aspect of business and requires an understanding of how to cater to this emerging market. Service providers knew they had to turn their business models upside down, restructure their organisations, and put the person with a disability at the centre of it all - but how?

Concerns for migrants in disability scheme
Calliste Weitenberg, SBS

... some of the nation's main organisations representing migrant Australians say significant gaps still exist to address the needs of those from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Number facing Disability Pension Payment reviews 'cut in half'
Gemma Jones, News Limited Network

The federal government has cut reviews of Disability Pension Payments in half, reducing the detection of over payments of the welfare benefit by more than 32,000 people a year.

UK - Digital welfare only deepens the class divide
Helen Thornham, The Conversation

The introduction of the universal credit will change the face of benefit and welfare services for families all over the country. By making assumptions about digital literacy levels, the government is putting safety and security at risk.

The reformed benefits system, through which the different types of benefit currently provided by the state will be rolled into one single payment, is due to start taking effect in October, with the aim of moving the majority of benefits claimants to the new system by 2015-16. The policy is problematic not only because it takes responsibility away from the state and transfers it to the individual benefit claimant, but because it is based on a flawed understanding of digital literacy.

Economists warn of more labour pains as job ads fall again
Justine Parker, PM, ABC

There are worrying signs that Australia's unemployment rate will keep rising this year.

The latest study of job advertisements shows companies are still not taking on new workers, and it's in the mining powerhouse of Western Australia where the pain is most likely to be felt.

Job ads there have nearly halved. That suggests it's not just resources companies that are cutting back as the investment stage of Australia's mining boom ends.

FactCheck: is our unemployment rate low by world standards?
Mark Crosby, The Conversation

The statement is true. Australia’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the developed world.

Australia’s unemployment rate is the equal 8th lowest out of 34 countries in the OECD. Is that “one of the lowest unemployment rates”? I would argue that it’s a reasonable statement.

Subsidised fruit and vegetables aids Aboriginal health in Clarence Valley of New South Wales
Jane Norman, The World Today, ABC

A scheme in northern New South Wales offering subsidised fruit and vegetables to low-income Aboriginal families has led to a significant improvement in community health.

Juggling ways to beat scourge of sniffing
Mark Schliebs, The Australian

In less than a year since its creation, the Ninja Circus of the community of Mutitjulu, which sits in the shadow of Uluru, has seen teenagers perform in front of 85,000 AFL fans at the MCG and created a new sense of pride among residents.

The innovative program was to stop the acute drug, alcohol and petrol-sniffing problems reappearing in the small Aboriginal community of 150, which was once seen as one of the nation's most troubled. Elder Reggie Uluru said the program had kept children occupied and prevented them taking to the cannabis and alcohol that still materialise.

Dubious benefits weaken case for preschool funding
Judith Sloan, The Australian

Rather than provide universal access to [early childhood education], we should focus spending on the most disadvantaged children.

NSW - DOCS head resigns following domestic violence charges
Anna Patty, Sydney Morning Herald

The director general of Family and Community Services, Jim Moore, left his job permanently on Monday after being charged with domestic violence offences.

UK - What charities can learn from the winners of Project Oracle
David Pritchard, The Guardian

Charities should be as effective and efficient as they can be, and funders should prioritise the most effective and efficient charities. These are not controversial principles, but as everyone who works in the charity sector knows, it is not easy to turn these principles into practice. A major obstacle is the lack of clear measures of effectiveness and efficiency that tell chief executives, senior managers, and trustees, how their organisations are doing.

Royal commission reaches out
Barney Zwartz, Sydney Morning Herald

From the twitterati to lonely late-night-radio listeners, reaching the vast and diverse number of Australians affected by child sexual abuse is the biggest challenge facing the royal commission in its early stages, according to its chief executive Janette Dines.

Pope on Lampedusa: “the globalization of indifference”
Vatican Radio

In his homily at Mass celebrated with the residents of Lampedusa and the immigrants who have sought refuge there, Pope Francis spoke out against the “globalization of indifference” that leads to tragedies like the deaths of so many migrants seeking a better life.

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