Daily News - Wednesday 5 February 2014

Posted 5 February 2014 9:01am
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Newstart a bad end for solo mums, kids

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

SINGLE parents and their children have experienced a decline in nutrition and mental health, and incurred large levels of debt since being moved off the sole parent payment in January last year, according to a survey conducted by a new national parent advocacy group.

The politics of class warfare: from Sydney to Washington, the gulf is deepening

Josh Bornstein, The Guardian

The class war has been won by the rich. Millionaires are pulling up the drawbridge behind them, evading taxation while choosing to share their anger rather than their wealth.

More vulnerable young mothers and babies to be supported through expanded intensive program

Three new intensive support services for vulnerable Victorian mothers and their children are to be rolled out across the state, Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge announced on Monday. 

Volunteering Victoria Delivers Manifesto

ProBono News

Volunteering Victoria has launched its first Manifesto – identifying volunteering gaps and priorities for Victoria including the lack of state-wide systems around emergency and disaster volunteering.

Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget will bring pain for all

Jessica Irvine, The Courier Mail

AUSTRALIA'S Treasurer and father-of-three, Joe Hockey, spent his summer holidays wrangling the demands of his children, Xavier, 8, Adelaide, 7, and Ignatius, 4.

It's all relative: The poverty wars are back

Matthew Taylor, The Drum

Relative poverty is a poor measure when it comes to forming public policy aimed at helping those Australians who are really doing it tough.

Commission of Audit boss again challenged on conflict of interest

Anne Davies, The Age

The ALP has raised new concerns about conflicts of interest arising from the business interests of the chairman of the National Commission of Audit, Tony Shepherd, after it was revealed he had taken a directorship at the newly formed Rearden Capital, which will market infrastructure debt financing to superannuation funds.

Coalition questions relevance of penalty rates in submission to Fair Work review

Latika Bourke, The ABC

The Abbott Government has asked a major review of workplace awards to assess whether minimum terms and conditions, including penalty rates, are still relevant.

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