Daily News - Wednesday 5 June 2013

Posted 5 June 2013 8:11am
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Mental health campaign targets men
Dan Harrison, Sydney Morning Herald

The Man Therapy campaign, to be launched by federal Mental Health Minister Mark Butler and beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett on Wednesday, is aimed at reducing the embarrassment and shame men feel about mental health problems.

Connecting with the invisible homeless
Nichola Hirschhorn, Newcastle Herald

People experiencing homelessness are very likely to be ordinary people like you and me. Contrary to the oft-depicted stereotype of a street-sleeper, the majority of people experiencing homelessness are not really visible.

Homeless rise puts target out of reach
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

A goal to reduce homelessness by 7 per cent by this year will not be met, with census figures showing a 17 per cent rise in the five years to 2011.

Income Management For Asylum Seekers
Eva Cox, New Matilda

The Coalition has proposed mutual obligation welfare for asylum seekers – and the ALP is all for it. Eva Cox on the increasing popularity of income management since the NT Intervention.

At risk of an asylum seeker underclass
Chris Berg, The Drum

Asylum seeker policies being put forward by the Opposition are a patchwork of initiatives likely to the create resentful underclass that conservative sceptics of immigration worry about, writes Chris Berg.

'I am not weak. I am unlucky'
Jonathan Horn, Sydney Morning Herald

Gambling addiction is a major problem among international students who are often bored, lonely and far from home.

The case for generous parental leave
Andie Fox, The Guardian

As the debate around Abbott’s parental leave scheme intensifies, it is worth remembering this: there are flow-on costs, but also wider benefits to be drawn from helping families.

Do the right thing or pay the consequences
Ross Gittens, Sydney Morning Herald

We are - and will stay - a rich country. We can afford to educate ourselves well because to be educated is one of the joys of life, a benefit from being rich. And we should need no better reason for sharing our wealth fairly than that it's right thing to do.

Who gets what? Who pays for it? The welfare state debate revisited
Peter Whiteford, Inside Story

Australia actually has the lowest level of middle-class welfare in the developed world and targets its spending to the poor more than any other OECD country.

Let's get into more debt
Greg Jericho, The Guardian

Australia should conquer its fear of government borrowing. This is a great time to spend on long-term projects.

How financial devils came to rule the universe
David James, Eureka Street

Religious authorities do not necessarily spend a lot of time pondering the nature of global financial systems, but Pope Francis' recent comment that 'money has to serve, not to rule' suggests it can be useful when they do. For at least a decade, the failure to make money something that serves is exactly what has gone wrong in world finance — and to an extraordinary degree.

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