Daily News - Wednesday 26 June 2013

Posted 26 June 2013 7:44am
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National Disability Insurance Scheme starts next week
Madeleine Genner, ABC, RN

The long awaited National Disability Insurance Scheme starts next week in four states. One of the regions in the initial rollout is the Hunter in NSW. Madeleine Genner reports on what the scheme means for that community and eventually the whole country.

Higher Employment Priority for People With Disability
Pro Bono News

Concrete measures must be taken to lift Australia from its woeful record of 21 out of 29 OECD countries for employment of people with disability, according to the Australia Network on Disability.

Australia Network on Disability CEO, Suzanne Colbert AM said the current employment programs give little consideration to employers and the need for good job matching.

Older job seekers gutted by policy failure
Malcolm King, On Line Opinion

The failure of the Government's $70 million mature age worker initiative had many fathers but paternity must go to a lack of implementation.

Experience+ was launched in 2010 with the aim of getting more mature age workers 50+ in to work while ensuring current older workers were assisted if they wanted to work on past the traditional but non binding retirement age of 65.

NSW government to introduce new bed tax on public housing tenants with spare bedrooms
Alicia Wood and Leigh van Den Broeke, Daily Telegraph

Public housing tenants with spare bedrooms will be charged a weekly tax as the state government commits to moving 500 people a year into smaller accommodation.

Community Services Minister Pru Goward will today announce details of the controversial bed tax, which will be charged to all public housing tenants who have an extra bedroom and refuse to move to a smaller property.

UK - The Bedroom Tax
Alan White, New Statesman

This post is about the bedroom tax and the fight against it in different parts of the country. It features tenants who are battling the tax in Merseyside and Manchester. Kate spent several weeks in the north-west talking to people in March before the tax was introduced and then again last week, to see how they’d dealt with it since its April implementation.

Sleep-out CEO says charities shouldn't have to support refugees
Gemma Jones, News Limited Network

Proceeds from the $5.3 million Vinnies CEO Sleep Out will be shared with asylum seekers, leaving one high-profile participant "disappointed".

Dozens of high-profile business leaders slept rough for a night last week to raise the money for the St Vincent de Paul Society's homeless services, which also help asylum seekers.

Salvos Worried About Nauru Chaos
Paul Farrell, Lawrence Bull and Luke Bacon, New Matilda

Leaked documents from the Nauru processing facility reveal the early chaos of Australia’s controversial offshore detention centre.

Salvation Army Operations Meeting Minutes from 12 September 2012 to 21 September 2012 show the Salvation Army’s own views about the management of the facility. The documents, which were obtained by New Matilda and Detention Logs, reveal ...

Nations wrestle with smuggling priorities
Michael Bachelard, Sydney Morning Herald

Australia is pushing Indonesian authorities to take police involvement in people smuggling more seriously, while Indonesia wants Australia to double its intake of refugees from the ''queue''.

The asylum seeker issue sets the scene for a challenging meeting next week between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Refugees Rely On Our Good Faith
Benedict Coyne, New Matilda

On 16 May, in a fit of legal-elastic absurdity, the Australian parliament passed a raft of morally repugnant and equally legally dubious legislation effectively excising Australia from its own migration zone. It has the legal effect such that any asylum seekers who miraculously breach the naval surveillance net and reach our mainland “boundless plains to share” will be “offshored” to a regional processing centre on Nauru or Manus Island, and denied all legal rights under the Australian legal system.

UK - What do the Peterborough SIB interim results tell us?
Emma Tomkinson

On the 13th of June, the Ministry of Justice released interim results from the Peterborough Pilot SIB. The results were seen as very encouraging, although Social Finance stressed that the results “do not measure reoffending behaviour over as long a period as the Social Impact Bond will be judged and are not compiled on precisely the same basis as will be used by the Independent Assessor during the course of 2014 to determine whether a payment is due.”

Is Your Nonprofit Ready to be Super Relevant?
Kivi Leroux Miller, Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Being relevant in the lives of your nonprofit’s supporters doesn’t usually happen by accident. Use this checklist to determine if you are doing what it takes to be relevant. The more you agree with these statements, the better!

The Catholic Church's toll on Aboriginal Australia
Mike Bowden, Eureka Street

Public confidence in the Catholic Church has eroded considerably. There are several reasons for this, but one for which it has failed to take much responsibility is its failure in regard to Indigenous affairs. Not just the part it played in the Stolen Generations, but also its role in the destruction of Aboriginal cultural integrity and language.

The truth will heal: The Catholic Church and the Royal Commission
Francis Sullivan, ABC, Religion and Ethics

... the coverage of sexual abuse and the intense focus on the Catholic Church has had a huge impact on the people in the pews, the local parish priests and the workers in our Catholic health, education and welfare organisations.

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