Daily News - Wednesday 22 January 2014
Lisa Millar, The ABC
New York-based Human Rights Watch has criticised Australia in its annual world report, saying it has damaged its record by persistently undercutting refugee protections.
Stella Young, The ABC
The Federal Government has threatened to crack down on Disability Support Pension recipients, but it's hard to earn a living while being paid less than $2 an hour, writes Stella Young.
Nick Toscano, The Sydney Morning Herald
As his hunt for a job closes in on a year, John Keevins has learnt to lower his expectations. The former teacher had started out searching for full-time work, but now would be happy with two or three part-time jobs instead.
Konrad Marshall, Benjamin Preiss, The Age
The leader of an early intervention program for vulnerable youths is seeking legal advice to save the project from closing down, after the Abbott government backed away from distributing crucial grant money promised by the former Labor government.
George Roberts, The ABC
Asylum seekers have accused the Australian Navy of beating them and inflicting burns by ordering passengers onboard a boat being towed back to Indonesia to hold on to parts of the engine.
Fron Jackson-Webb, The Conversation
Around half of teens who experience a brief episode of depression or anxiety do not go on to have a mental illness in adulthood, according to a study from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Jonathon Swan and Dan Harrison, The Sydney Morning Herald
The Abbott government will exclude the age pension and family tax benefits from its review of Australia's welfare system, with Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews indicating he will target unemployment benefits and disability pensions.
Justin Glynn, Eureka Street
The current dispute with Indonesia over border incursions by the Australian Navy is symptomatic of a deeper problem — the militarisation of political discourse.