Daily News - 20 April 2015

Posted 20 April 2015 2:47pm

Should we be crowd-funding welfare?

Kasey Edwards - Daily Life

When 23-year-old university student and Commonwealth Games hopeful Tommy Connolly learned of his 16-year-old pregnant cousin living on the streets, he took her in and adopted her.

The story of sacrifice and family values tugged at the national heartstrings. And when Connolly's brother started a crowd-funding campaign to help Tommy support his cousin and her newborn son, people opened their hearts and their wallets.

The gofundme.com campaign raised over $32,000 in 13 days — quickly closing in on the target of $50,000 — with donors describing Connolly as an "angel", an "incredible man" and "Australian of the Year".

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Senator David Leyonhjelm calls for tighter scrutiny of childcare payments

Danielle Galvin - 3AW

Australians without children should not be forced to subsidise the rising costs of childcare, Senator David Leyonhjelm says.

The Liberal Democratic senator told Neil Mitchell said it was all about winning votes.

"I am arguing (that) we scrutinise every payment we make in support of children," he said.

"It's quite an expensive subsidy, and we've lost sight of the reason for it.

"If we are going to subsidise childcare we have to be very, very  targeted about it."

Senator Leyonhjelm has called for a review of the welfare system just weeks before the Federal Government gets set to announce a new families package.

He said there should be no subsidy for women who weren't working.

"That's just giving away other people's money merely because they've had children - I don't think that withstands scrutiny.

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Abuse classes in child care

Angela Pownall - The West Australian

Children as young as three need to be taught how to deal with the threat of sexual abuse, according to a WA educator.

After years of educating schoolchildren about sexual abuse, Holly-ann Martin is now taking her work into childcare centres.

Ms Martin, who runs child protection education organisation Safe4Kids, said statistics showed one in seven of all sexual assault victims were children under six, with four-year-olds at greatest risk.

As well as the threat of abuse by adults, Ms Martin said an increasing number of childcare centres had been contacting her because of children inappropriately touching other children.

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Homeless Millennials Are Transforming Hobo Culture

Betsy Isaacson- Newsweek

On Reddit, he’s /u/huckstah, an administrator on /r/vagabond, a subreddit with nearly 10,000 members—many of them identify as “homeless”—who trade skills and stories.  On “the road and the rails,” he’s Huck, and even after we speak twice by cellphone, he tells me he’d prefer I don’t print his real name. “People say, ‘Well, you chose to become homeless.’ But that’s wrong,” he says. Huck says he’s been a hobo for upward of 11 years and started hopping trains and hitching rides at 18. “I did not choose to become homeless. If you want to say I chose to become homeless and sleep on the streets, really all I have to say is ___ you. You’ve never experienced it.”


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