Today's news - 31 May 2013
Hell of a life in limbo for refugees living in squalor and poverty: Melbourne's outer suburbs have become home to a growing humanitarian crisis, with thousands of asylum seekers living below the poverty line while banned from working. Immigration documents reveal about 2000 adult male asylum seekers are living in the most basic conditions in our suburbs, many with no beds, suffering depression and living in fear without being able to earn a dollar. Peter Rolfe, Herald Sun.
Wage subsidy scheme hailed as up to half of receipients maintain jobs: Almost half of the unemployed people placed into jobs through the federal government's wage subsidy scheme remain in work after the six-month placement has ended. Patricia Karvelas (Exclusive), The Australian.
Compulsory mental healthcare could go private: The state government will consider giving private healthcare providers the power to detain people against their will in proposed changes to the Mental Health Act. A broad review of the act by mental health, consumer and carer groups was tabled in Parliament on Thursday by Mental Health Minister Kevin Humphries. Amy Corderoy, The Sydney Morning Herald.
State 'must support care leavers': Many disabled teenagers in state care end up homeless, in prison or in relationships in which they are abused or exploited when they turn 18 and enter the community. The finding is contained in a Monash University study that highlights systemic problems with the support network for young disabled people. Patricia Karvelas (Exclusive), The Australian.
2011 Views of children and young people in foster care survey: health and wellbeing: The Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (the Commission) has released findings on health and wellbeing from its fourth biennial Views survey of children and young people living in foster care in Queensland. More than 2000 children and young people responded bringing the total number of surveys completed since 2006 to more than 13,000. Queensland’s Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Australian Policy Online.
Call to get tough on charity trustees: Corporate trustees that manage $3.2 billion for charitable funds should be audited and laws changed so they can be more easily sued, the federal government's corporate law adviser says. Claire Stewart, The Australian Financial Review. (subscription required)
Greedy pensioners? Far from it. There is strong evidence that older Australians have the skills, knowledge, and desire to contribute in the Australian workforce. So why are so many denied the opportunity? Susan Ryan says unfounded negative stereotypes undermine great economic potential. Susan Ryan, Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner writing for The Drum.
Catholic Church reveals names of 29 priests it acknowledges are guilty of child sex abuse: The Catholic Church has released the names of 29 Melbourne priests who it acknowledges are guilty of sexually abusing children. ABC News.