Economic Abuse: Searching for Solutions: "This groundbreaking research report reveals that, just like other forms of family violence, economic abuse can have devastating and long term impacts for women and children." Tanya Corrie and Magdalena McGuire, Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service and and Kildonan UnitingCare.
Intensive Home-Based Family Support: Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) releases a series of resources designed to support workers in intensive home-based family support programs. Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Meeting children’s needs when the family environment isn’t always "good enough": "This paper provides a theoretical basis to using a systems approach to working with vulnerable and high-risk families where children’s needs are generally being met, but where parenting is at times not "good enough" or even unsafe." Debbie Scott, Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Libs promise not to means-test childcare rebate: "The Coalition has pledged not to means-test the childcare rebate, in a move aimed at blunting a Labor campaign to raise fears among parents that childcare payments will be pared back. " Patricia Karvelas, The Australian.
Pork-barrelling over if we’re to sow prosperity: "Policy change in the public interest seems to have become more difficult as interest groups have become increasingly active and sophisticated in bringing financial weight to account in influencing policy decisions. When asked to accept private losses in pursuit of improved economic performance, the response has been ferocious partisan reaction." Ross Garnaut, Sydney Morning Herald.
Salvos fired at charities: "As the Coalition gears up for government in September, and amidst the eagerness to reduce budget deficits, it was only a matter of time before the social sector was in the sights of small government apologists. Four major accusations are being used to question the funding of the social sector. These shots are wide of the mark, and deserve a critical response." Dale Renner, On Line Opinion.
WA – Millions allocated to reduce risk of homelessness: "The Federal and State Governments have allocated $29 million to increase support for West Australians at risk of homelessness." ABC.
Disability and technology – No more neural divide: "Revising the design and etiquette of workplaces is enough to make them acceptable to some people who think differently from the norm – but ending the exclusion of those with more disabling conditions will, among other things, mean developing better technology." New Scientist.
NSW – Mental illness rethink urged: "A NSW parliamentary report will today recommend changes to laws governing the involuntary treatment of those with mental illness, following the killing of two people by a Sydney man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. " Dan Box, The Australian.
Where’s the charity in selling a ripped blanket for $50? "Charity op-shops are charging such high prices for used household items that those in need would save money by buying them from major retail stores." Neil Keene and Naomi White, The Daily Telegraph.
UK – Helping cash-in-hand businesses to become legitimate: "Currently, if you’re caught working cash-in-hand you are punished, particularly through the benefits system. But through Community Links’ work in Newham and in our research, we know that this just plunges people further into crisis." Maeve McGoldrick, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Can you be fat and happy? "There is so much emotion and heat around this issue. You see it on the cringemaking clips of crying contestants on The Biggest Loser, you see it in the bottomless comment threads on any story about fat-shaming and obesity. We saw it last night on SBS’s Insight, in an episode called Fat Fighters that directly – and provocatively – addressed the idea of fat acceptance." Lucy Clark, The Hoopla.