Daily News - Wednesday 19 June 2013

Posted 19 June 2013 8:00am
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Why we should care about carers
Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute

Imagine if health and community sector workers wore high-vis vests; our streets, our shopping centres and even our airports would be full of them.

We might even begin to think of them as the engine of job creation. But they don’t wear such things and we don’t think such things and the result is a political environment based on a fundamental misunderstanding of our economy.

Disabled caught in wage rise spat
Patricia Karvelas and Rachel Baxendale, The Australian

People with disabilities living and receiving services at home face a crisis, with care agencies forced to raise their fees to help pay for the Gillard government's decision to raise wages of community sector workers.

NFP Sector Unclear on ‘Economic Abuse’
Pro Bono News

A ground breaking Not for Profit report claims there is a lack of knowledge within the sector and among victims about the problem of economic abuse particularly aimed at women.

NSW - Vulnerable children receive funding boost
Rachel Browne, The Border Mail

Thousands of vulnerable children in NSW will benefit from measures announced in this year’s budget.

Almost $800 million will go towards the 18,400 children living in foster care, with $415 million of that going towards welfare groups that provide out-of-home care services.

NSW - Responsible the new 'sexy' says Baird
Mike Baird, The Age

The Budget also includes details of almost $14 million the Government is providing for two pioneering social benefit bonds designed to keep vulnerable families intact. A social benefit bond is a financial instrument that brings together private sector investment and the knowledge and compassion of the non-government sector to produce positive social outcomes, with less strain on State finances.

Productivity goal in $600m push for disabled
Rick Morton, the Australian

The O'Farrell government has set aside almost $600 million over the next four years to fund its share of the national disability insurance scheme launch, which begins next month.

ACT - Homelessness services brace for funding cut fallout
Stephanie Anderson, Canberra Times

Canberra’s social welfare sector is bracing for an increase in homelessness as services face millions of dollars in cuts to funding.

Calls to child abuse helpline rise 300%
AAP

Four times as many child abuse survivors are seeking professional help since a royal commission into the issue was announced last year, research shows.

Adults Surviving Child Abuse says calls to its helpline have risen 300 per cent since November when it was revealed there would be an inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

Church-owned aged care providers don’t want exemption from laws
Harly Dennett, Crikey

The Coalition wants to ensure church-run aged care providers can deny beds to gay people. But the organisations tell Crikey they don’t discriminate — and don’t want the legal protection to do it.

Asylum policy needs bipartisan solutions
Jessica Irvine, News Limited Network

As we grapple with the diabolic policy challenge of how best to deter asylum seekers from making dangerous boat trips, it pays to remember who we are.

Australia is a nation of immigrants who together have created one of the most prosperous economies in the world.

UNHCR chief slams 'unfair' screening
Paul Maley and Sean Parnell, The Australian

Almost three-quarters of all asylum-seekers subject to "enhanced screening" of their refugee claims end up being screened out, raising fresh questions about the integrity and fairness of the controversial process.

UK - Why charities must use impact to understand beneficiaries
Tris Lumley, The Guardian

Charities exist for their beneficiaries. Measuring impact, first and foremost, should be about understanding how these people benefit. Clear, simple, and fundamental to the voluntary sector. Yet research shows that charities are mainly driven to measure impact not to understand beneficiaries, but to appeal to funders.

G8 Summit 2013: Why Impact Investment Deserves Our Attention
Pierre Omidyar and Matt Bannick, Huffington Post

Like democracy, impact investing is far from perfect. But we have seen first-hand at eBay and PayPal how market-based solutions can change millions of people's lives for the better.

UK - Can business principles, such as impact measurement, help us create the change we need?
Edge Fund, Guerilla Policy

An unfortunate trend of applying business principles to giving, described as ‘philanthrocapitalism’, is starting to take a hold. Part of this is a focus on data and measuring the impact (outcomes) of projects. The Measuring and Evaluating Outcomes in Practice annual conference today, organised by New Philanthropy Capital, is focused entirely on how to measure impact to attract funding.

How to get the most out of social media
Neil Brady, The Guardian

Employing a strategic approach to social media is just as important as establishing a presence, particularly in the often resource constrained charity sector. This means knowing which platforms are important and which are not. "It goes back to communications fundamentals – audience, channel, message", says Browning. "Twitter is good for engaging journalists, celebrities or politicians. Facebook can be great for building communities and enabling supporters or beneficiaries to connect with and help each other. Pinterest or YouTube are good [for] sharing compelling visual stories which can add impact to your messages".

Panning for electoral gold in the outer suburbs
Jackie Woods, The Drum

It's worth remembering that even in a dramatic election result, it's a relatively small group of voters who decide the outcome. The winning margin in the seats won by a party to form government add up to thousands rather than millions of votes. It will be the same in 2013.

Bergoglio, the "Black Pope" Dressed in White
Sandro Magister, Chiesa

All that was lacking was a guru from McKinsey to design that reform of the curia which everyone expects from Pope Francis. And here he comes.

His name is Thomas von Mitschke-Collande, he is German and was the manager of the Munich branch of the most famous and mysterious company of managerial consulting in the world.

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