Dailys News - Thursday 23 January 2014
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
MORE than halfway to the deadline for the nation's goal of halving the employment gap between black and white Australians, the disparity has widened, prompting Tony Abbott's Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs to call for radical changes to the welfare regime.
Ashley Hall, The ABC
Billionaire software baron Bill Gates has made the bold prediction that there will be almost no poor countries left by 2035.
Justine Ferrari, The Australian
THE number of students receiving extra money for a disability under the new school funding model is expected to increase by 60 per cent next year, creating a potential shortfall of at least $2 billion if the federal government honours its commitment to the payment.
Australia's rising jobless rate is chipping away at consumer confidence. Confidence fell by 1.7 per cent from 105.0 points in December to 103.3 in January, according to the Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment.
Craig Butt, Daniella Miletic, The Age
Victoria had the biggest proportional drop in people on single-parenting payments in the past year of any state, and was home to the five electorates that recorded the biggest decreases, a Fairfax Media analysis has found.
Bridie Jabour, The Guardian
Initial consultations have raised the possibility of 'work for the dole' schemes and changes to payments, participants say.
Alan Tudge, The Australian
THE latest figures reveal that the indigenous employment gap is getting worse, not better. When prime minister Kevin Rudd made the apology to indigenous Australians in 2008, he invited indigenous and non-indigenous Australians to work in partnership to close the indigenous employment gap.
Alcohol-fuelled violence in New South Wales is at a decade low, but that may not remain the case under the new "one-punch laws" announced by Premier Barry O'Farrell, writes Greg Barns.
James Morley, The Conversation
Australia’s cost of living is among the highest in the world, despite our low inflation rate. In this series we explore what consumers can expect from the big ticket items - petrol, power and groceries - in the year ahead.