Daily News - Monday 23 June 2014

Posted 23 June 2014 7:33am

Onset of winter and impacts of Federal Budget could push food charities into crisis
Kylie Adoranti. Mordialloc Chelsea Leader

The onset of winter and the impacts of the Federal Budget could push food charities into crisis, organisers fear.

Charities are struggling to help the increasing number of people wanting food and financial assistance.

Pantry 5000, based in Carrum, said it is “on the brink” of turning people away.


ACOSS challenges Govt to Lead G20 On Youth Unemployment - C20 Summit
Pro Bono News

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie has called on the Federal Government to show global leadership in reducing youth unemployment and achieving inclusive growth, in her address to the C20 Summit in Melbourne. “A key goal of this year’s G20 agenda is to reduce youth unemployment and increase employment opportunities for young people. As host of the G20 Summit, the Australian Government should be leading the way by strengthening supports to assist young people to transition from school to work,” Dr Goldie said.


Youth unemployment a tragedy: Livingstone

Telstra chairwoman Catherine Livingstone has labelled Australia's youth unemployment levels a "tragedy" and called on government and business to work together to tackle the issue.

Speaking at a lunch of business leaders in Sydney, Ms Livingstone identified youth unemployment as the major issue facing the country.


Enabling business leaders to drive change for a flourishing Australian future
Australian Futures Project (pdf)

What role should business leaders play?

Answering this question is not easy. First, it is clear that the role of business leaders is already changing. Societal interests are increasingly becoming a legitimate aspect of business leadership. Former Unilever Chairman and CEO Niall Fitzgerald argues that this is not in conflict with growth or profitability, but an integral part of successful management practice and sustainable business building. It may therefore be difficult to discern the difference between business leaders speaking out on public good issues as a matter of principle versus as part of a business strategy.


US - Better Unemployment Benefits Reduce Suicides: Study
Arthur Delaney, Huffington Post

Researchers have long understood that higher unemployment rates correlate to higher suicide rates, but a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology is the first to suggest that more generous unemployment benefits can mean fewer suicides.

"If the unemployment rate increases, having better benefits is going to buffer the effect," the study's lead author, Jon Cylus, told HuffPost in an interview.


Educating the public and ending stigma about suicide
Peter Holt, Daily Mercury

The Mackay Cutters rugby league club took part in a Suicide Myth Busters SafeTALK presentation at Stadium Mackay.

It was part of a Daily Mercury and Grapevine campaign, to educate locals about suicide and end the stigma.

SafeTALK presenter and Lifeline counsellor Edie Weiss said the aim of the presentation was to bust the most common myths surrounding suicide.


Fewer patients kill themselves in mental health units but there are bigger benefits to home care
John McGowan, The Conversation

Suicides among mental health patients under home treatment are double the number of suicides in in-patient units, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry which looks at suicide rates in different mental health settings.


New psychologists to deal with youth mental illness in Cowra
Cowra Guardian

The headspace service in Cowra will be adding two new Psychologists to their team to help meet the needs of young people in the Cowra community.


Depression and anxiety are common - but can over the counter pills really help?
Paula Goodyer, Sydney Morning Herald

The idea of an over the counter pill to improve mental wellbeing has a lot of appeal – after all, one in five of us will have a problem with mental health at some time in our lives, especially anxiety or depression. But can supplements or herbal remedies make much difference?


Health experts attack ketamine plan to tackle depression
Robin McKie, The Observer

A group of leading mental health experts has called for researchers to abandon a £1m project that would involve administering a combination of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the banned recreational drug ketamine to patients. The project's aim is to test the combination as a new method of tackling depression.


Child protection workers failing to cope with workload since Luke Batty's death: whistleblower
Guy Stayner, ABC

The lives of children are being put at risk because Victorian child protection staff cannot cope with ever-increasing workloads, a worker has warned.

The whistleblower, who wants to remain anonymous, has a decade of experience in the sector and said caseloads for child protection staff had become unmanageable since Luke Batty, 11, was killed by his father in February.


Queensland Child Protection Week – Sunday 7th to Saturday 13th September 2014
Queensland Child Protection week

Child abuse and neglect is one of Australia’s most significant social problems.

Last year more than 35,000 Australian children were proven to have been abused or neglected. Given we know that child abuse is under reported and difficult to prove, these statistics are alarming.

Child protection is everyone’s business. Responsibility lies with adults in our community to keep children safe from harm. Listening to children and young people is the most important way to assist their safety and well-being. If a child tells you they are being hurt, please seek help for them


UK - Government U-turn over privatising child protection services
Patrick Butler, The Guardian

Proposals to allow local authorities in England to privatise child protection services have been abandoned.

The Department for Education said on Friday that profit-making organisations would be barred from carrying out core child safeguarding duties, although councils would still be able to bring in charities and not-for-profit firms if they wished.


Young disabled people forced into aged care homes because of lack of suitable accommodation
Kathryn Diss, ABC

Young disabled West Australians are living in aged care facilities because of a lack of suitable accommodation.

Most are forced into such facilities because they require 24-hour care and there is simply nowhere else for them to go.


Income management guaranteed for only one year
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

Income management — the centrepiece of the Northern Territory intervention — is under review, with its future only guaranteed until June next year, angering Labor and the original head of the intervention.

... Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews confirmed that the future of the policy would be determined after the government considered two reviews: the McClure welfare review and Andrew Forrest’s review of indigenous employment programs and rules, which is yet to deliver its final report.


Job services scheme managed well
PS News

An audit of the Department of Employment's management of the services provided by Job Services Australia (JSA) has found that, overall, the Department has acted appropriately.

In his report, Management of Services Delivered by Job Services Australia, Auditor-General, Ian McPhee found the requirements of service delivery were clearly specified, that service delivery were effectively monitored and that performance feedback was given to service providers.


Parents take hip pocket hit as childcare costs skyrocket
The Age

Childcare costs have rocketed 150 per cent in the past decade, with only electricity and tobacco prices rising at a faster rate, a new report claims.

The charges have risen so significantly that parents returning to full-time work after having a child can now expect to lose up to 60 per cent of their gross income, once private childcare fees, loss of benefits and higher income tax rates are taken into consideration.


Hockey's welfare claim confused and ultimately flawed
Peter Martin, Sydney Morning Herald

It's the best-remembered phrase of the budget - and it wasn't even in the budget.

''The average working Australian, be they a cleaner, a plumber or a teacher, is working over one month full time each year just to pay for the welfare of another Australian,'' Treasurer Joe Hockey told the Sydney Institute last week.

But the calculation is flawed, marred by two mistakes that partly cancel each other out.


UK - Universal discredit
D.K. The Economist

Welfare reform was intended to be one of the big achievements of the coalition government. But almost all of the radical ideas promised are turning out to be duds. Universal Credit in particular is proving to be one of the great Whitehall disasters of recent times. No doubt future editions of Anthony King’s and Ivor Crewe’s “The Blunders of our Governments” will explain exactly what went wrong in proper detail (the book is worth reading just for its account of the introduction of Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax). For the moment, it is clear enough that spectacular ambition has combined with equally spectacular incompetence.


How Ray Evans, warrior of the new right, changed Australia
Dominic Kelly, The Age

If you are not a conservative, you may not have heard of right-wing activist Ray Evans. But Evans, who has died in Melbourne aged 74, was instrumental in founding several political advocacy groups that have worked to change the way Australians think about certain issues. It is no exaggeration to say that without his talent as a political operative, along with his boss at Western Mining Corporation, Hugh Morgan, the Australian ‘‘new right’’ would not have exerted anywhere near the level of influence it has done over the past three decades.

With the H.R. Nicholls Society (industrial relations), the Samuel Griffith Society (constitutional issues), the Lavoisier Group (climate change), and the now-defunct Bennelong Society (indigenous affairs), Evans pioneered a new political form on the right in Australia: the single issue advocacy group.


Entrepreneurs should not get government support
Chris Berg, The Age

The 2014 Federal Budget cuts back family payments, places tough new rules around welfare for young people, taxes doctor visits to fund medical research, and reindexes the pension.

But it’s not all bad news!

If you own a business that’s more than three years old, has good turnover, and operates in any one of 14 favoured sectors, you’ll be eligible for $20,000 of taxpayers’ money to hire management consultants.


Libertarianism, classical liberalism and the fair go
Trisha Jha, Centre for Independent Studies

Classical liberalism can articulate its values in a way that doesn't just pay lip service to socially just outcomes - it makes it a key part of the message. So much of what government does has consequences, sometimes unintended, which disproportionately impact the most vulnerable in our society. Sometimes the government legislates away the civil liberties of all of us.

Australia is often regarded as one of the freest countries in the world. We are living proof that freedom and a fair go aren't mutually exclusive concepts. Classical liberalism is what people who believe in libertarian ideas should draw on to advance a broader freedom agenda in Australia.


Pope Benedict treated me unfairly, say sacked bishop Bill Morris
Ross Peake, The Canberra Times

A sacked Catholic bishop will tell a Canberra audience this week he was treated unfairly by Pope Benedict.

“I was deprived of natural justice as I was in no way able to appeal the judgments or decisions that were made,” Bill Morris says.

He was forced out of his position in Toowoomba after a group of conservative “temple police” parishioners complained directly to the Vatican about his preaching which included discussion about ordaining women and married men.


The capitalist and the Pope share a common enemy
Michael Mullins, Eureka Street

Sant'Egidio Community, which is well known for its commitment to the poor. Before an audience that included many homeless people and immigrants, he once again blasted capitalism.

He regretted that financial capital is often given priority over human capital: 'At the centre of today's global economy aren't men and women, but leaders and money. What isn't productive is thrown away.'

His answer is the concept of solidarity, which is fundamental to Catholic social teaching. It includes investing in — rather than discarding — humans who cannot be regarded as viable units of economic production.


The Explainer: what is Pope Francis’s vision for the family synod?
Luke Coppen, Catholic Herald

Welcome to The Explainer: a new Catholic Herald blog that attempts to clarify some of the more puzzling aspects of Catholic news stories.

I emphasise the word “attempts”: the topics we cover here will be too complex and controversial to pretend we are offering anything but a provisional guide.

Nevertheless, I hope it will be worthwhile and help readers find their way round some of the harder-to-grasp features of the contemporary Catholic Church.

I thought we’d begin with what may be the biggest Catholic news story of the year: the synod of bishops this October.

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