Daily News - Wednesday 3 July 2013
Halving homelessness goal 'must be met', says Doug Cameron
Patrician Karvelas, The Australian
Kevin Rudd's vision of halving homelessness must be achieved, the man hand-picked by the Prime Minister to deliver on the agenda he first established five years ago says.
Pressure for single parents to be priority
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
Kevin Rudd's new government is modelling options to provide more financial assistance to single parents, as senior frontbenchers argue that they must be given immediate priority for a welfare boost ahead of other unemployed Australians.
DisabilityCare: a tribute to Parliament's better angels
Annabel Crabb, The Drum
For all of the madness of the past three years, the disability insurance scheme that takes its first steps today is the strongest manifestation of Parliament's better angels.
So many things could have gone wrong with this policy proposal. In fact, they were things that had been going wrong for ever. The deep dysfunction of Australia's disability services, which compounded the innate and brutal unfairness of disability itself, was viewed as intractable, too expensive to fix, and - perhaps most unforgivably - not worth the while politically.
Disability targets just red tape: Harvey, miners
Rachel Nickless, Australian Financial Review
Retail king Gerry Harvey and mining employers have criticised the use of targets to boost the number of disabled people in work as unnecessary red tape, following the public spat between Myer and federal disability commissioner Graeme Innes.
No sale for Therese Rein this time around
Damon Kitney, The Australian
Therese Rein will continue expanding the Australian arm of her international jobs placement empire and has no plans to restructure its local operations despite her husband resuming the prime ministership.
After selling her original Australian business six years ago to avoid any possible conflicts of interest when Kevin Rudd became leader of the federal opposition, Ms Rein's Ingeus re-entered the local market two years ago.
Frank Brennan calls for a fresh approach on asylum seekers
Paul Kelly, The Australian
In a paper delivered last week, refugee activist and lawyer Frank Brennan confirmed the need for a fresh approach. Brennan advocated a policy of returning asylum-seekers to Indonesia based on mutual co-operation.
An Indonesian solution? A better approach to asylum seeker policy
Frank Brennan, ABC Religion and Ethics
Father Frank Brennan delivered the following paper in response to the keynote address by Jeff Crisp, the Head of the Policy Division and Evaluation Service of UNHCR in Geneva, at the National Asylum Summit 2013, held at the University of South Australia, on 27 June 2013. You can also listen to him in conversation with Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast.
Can we break the people smugglers’ business model?
Andrew Jakubowicz, The Conversation
As prime minister Kevin Rudd prepares to visit Indonesia and meet with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, he should bear in mind that the asylum seeker problem plaguing the Australian government is a direct consequence of our “prohibition regime”.
Doubts whether refugee test can be tougher
David Wroe and Bianca Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
The former head of the government's own refugee tribunal has dismissed Foreign Minister Bob Carr's claims that a flood of ''economic migrants'' have been wrongly classed as refugees because the system is too soft.
It isn't all about money for marginalised Iranians
Michael Bachelard, Sydney Morning Herald
In the tough new opinion of the Australian government, the thousands of Iranian asylum seekers now arriving by boat are ''mostly'' economic migrants, and more of them need to have their refugee applications rejected.
But among one large group of Iranians in Indonesia - who narrowly survived yet another boat sinking off the coast of Java this week - the stories are as varied as the individuals telling them.
Battlers & Billionaires
Andrew Leigh interviewed by Jonathon Green
Over the past generation we’ve seen significant increases in inequality, with the top 1 per cent gaining an additional $400 billion, compared to where they would have been if we’d had the equality levels of the last 1970s. I think inequality is a problem because it strains the social fabric, because we know the simple fact that a dollar brings more happiness to a pauper than to a millionaire. So I want to prompt more of a discussion about inequality, and whether the economic inequality we have is getting out of step with Australia’s natural egalitarian spirit.
We should be shamed by our record on child poverty
Olga Bursian, The Conversation
[Monday's] story by the ABC’s Four Corners program on the precarious plight of the unemployed gave the nation an object lesson on empathy, a salutary exposé for those who prefer to trust in sophisticated modellings rather than the bleeding obvious.
Forget middle-class welfare. Australia's tax concessions are upper-class welfare
Matt Cowgill, The Guardian
If the government was to issue $1,000 cheques to everyone named Matt, an outcry would follow. And yet, not much is said about tax concessions privileging the rich.
Deakin University has spent 13 years surveying people across Australia as part of its happiness index.
It has found three key ingredients for better wellbeing.
Professor Robert Cummings says they are a meaningful relationship, an annual income of $100,000 and a rewarding hobby.
It's 'social justice' time
Don Aitkin, On Line Opinion
Wayne Swan, former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, said that he had been guided in politics through his belief in social justice, as I wrote yesterday, and his remark sent me off to rethink what I knew about that slippery term. It's a no-brainer, social justice, because nobody could be in favour of social injustice. It's a term much beloved of politicians, mostly from the Left. But what does it mean, really?
The business of change
Michael Short, Sydney Morning Herald
There will always be a need for charities - some problems necessitate giving people direct assistance - but it is tantalising to think of how many people could be aided by commercially robust organisations with a social purpose.
Today's guest in The Zone is a woman with a background in serious business consulting who is trying to extend the evolution in philanthropy to an uncharted place.
Tackling unemployment through social enterprise
Rosanna Ryan, ABC Brisbane
A not-for-profit business might seem like a contradiction in terms.
But Steve Williams from SEED - the Sandgate Enterprise for Social Development - says his organisation has a social purpose that comes before making money.
SEED competes against other businesses for contracts to provide landscape maintenance, residential gardening and cleaning services in Brisbane.
Its main focus, however, is on employing long-term unemployed people.
Why aren't charities making more of social media to generate cash?
Claudia Cahalane, The Guardian
Charities aren't making the most of social media to generate cash and digital technology should be integral to fundraising, not an extra, delegates at the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) national convention heard on Monday.
Are charities investing enough in technology?
Richard Cooper, The Guardian
... what is holding charities back? One of the reasons is that many senior managers and trustees don't believe that they understand technology well enough to make good investment decisions. They are concerned that they don't know how to run technology projects that will deliver the benefits. This is not an issue restricted to charities: businesses and government departments, large and small, suffer from the same problem. Combined with the screaming headlines of billion-pound technology disasters that the media love so much, many boards simply duck the issue by citing lack of evidence of real return and lack of funds.
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