Daily News - Friday 28 February 2014

Posted 28 February 2014 10:55am



Paid parental leave: NSW Senator John Williams says Abbott's scheme is too costly

Latika Bourke, The ABC

A Government senator says the economy is too weak to support Prime Minister Tony Abbott's $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme.

Kevin Andrews wedded to divorce cut

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

A TRIAL offering $200 marriage-counselling vouchers has been recommended for a permanent rollout on the grounds it will save taxpayers millions by avoiding expensive divorces.

The dawning of the Age of Unpleasantness

Brian Matthews, Eureka Street

The age of entitlement idea is shallow and facile not only because it is apparently selective about those who are entitled and those who must relinquish whatever entitlement they have managed to lay claim to, but also because the 'end of an age' is such a venerable and much resurrected image which historians, writers, politicians in particular, and others turn to their various purposes at different times.

ATO Planning ACNC Takeover

ProBono News

The Australian Tax Office has started planning to take over the regulatory roles of national charity regulator the ACNC, a Senate Estimates hearing has been told.

Farm poverty: an area of policy aid built on sands of ignorance

Linda Botterill, The Conversation

The drought package announced by prime minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday included “more generous criteria for accessing income support” by drought-affected farmers.

ACT clubs using eftpos to get around law limiting ATM withdrawals

Laura Nicholson, The Canberra Times

Canberra clubs using eftpos technology to circumvent government-imposed ATM withdrawal restrictions are failing problem gamblers, the Salvation Army says.

Australians Can Be Far More Generous: Costello

ProBono News

Australians have lost their perspective on giving and are confusing the cost of living with the cost of maintaining a lifestyle, according to leading social justice commentator and World Vision CEO,Tim Costello.

Jenny Macklin to spearhead Labor’s social policy overhaul

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian 

FEDERAL Labor will embark on major social policy reform, today announcing it will bring together social policy experts, economists, academics and business and union leaders to design an overhaul of a system that it argues is not meeting the needs of modern Australia.

On love stories and Reza Barati

Richard Flanagan, The Guardian

Humankind prospers through a terrible paradox, says Richard Flanagan in his closing address to the Perth writers’ festival. As groups we sanction the most terrible crimes. It is love stories that remind us of a better idea of us, a larger idea of our humanity.

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