Daily News - Friday 5 September 2014

Posted 5 September 2014 8:29am

Carrots or sticks? How policies stack up to the evidence on motivating behaviour change
Susan Maury, The Power to Persuade

A great deal of public policy is designed to motivate people to do something. Since the release of the Federal Government’s Budget earlier this year, it is clear that what constitutes effective motivation is hotly contested, and ideologically aligned. For example, the government says its proposed welfare reforms are needed to galvanize unemployed individuals to look for work. Public debate has focussed on some hotly contested proposals, including the introduction of a 6-month waiting period before young people can access income support; the requirement for unemployed people to apply for 40 jobs monthly; and the proposed Work for the Dole scheme.


Dole ‘emergency’ as unemployment line triples
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

National Welfare Rights Network president Maree O’Halloran said the surge in the number of people out of work for more than two years was alarming.

“Many of these 355,000 jobseekers have been living lives of unseen desperation on manifestly inadequate social-security support,” Ms O’Halloran said. She said the influx of 52,000 single parents on to the Newstart Allowance, after the Gillard government changed the eligibility for the single Parenting Payment, had clearly had an impact.

“Nevertheless, it does not account for the huge increase in the numbers of people who have been out of work for such lengths of time,” she said. “The extent of long-term unemployment is a nation­al emergency and it needs more than populist fixes like work for the dole.


Fears our unemployment rate is leading to youth depression
Leah Kidd, News Mail

A Bargara man is concerned for the mental health of unemployed Bundaberg youth after coming across two suicides this year.

Billy Higgins believed the suicides were linked to high rates of unemployment and said the youth were not given a fair chance.

Mr Higgins said many people were desperately trying to seek work but were wrongly labelled as "dole bludgers".

"I believe 99.9% of young people want to work," Mr Higgins said.


Youth unemployment crisis ... or entitlement crisis?
Rachael Sharman, The Drum

There has been an alarming rise in youth unemployment, as the Brotherhood of St Laurence recently highlighted: it seems clear to me that something genuinely troubling is going on in the training of our young people which is seeing them ill-prepared for work in the real world.


Scroungerphobia — Britain's growing fear
JF Barklay, Well Faired (Feb 2014)

In 1978, A. Deacon coined the term “Scroungerphobia” in reference to British public opinion concerning benefits, those who receive them and the welfare system. Quoted in Images of Welfare (Golding and Middleton) Deacon is referring to a time of “shrill and mounting antagonism to the welfare system” which is easily relatable to public opinion nowadays.


People are treating unemployment benefits as an 'entitlement', says Abetz
Eric Abetz, interview with Alan Jones, 2GB (July 2014)

[The unemployment benefit] was never intended to be a wage. Now, of course, we find that people expect it’ll be there. It’s their entitlement. I’ll go on the dole. And five or six of them can go on the dole, rent a flat at Bondi, sunbake all day while some poor bugger is working his backside off to pay tax so others can claim welfare and do very little in return. And that’s what this is about.


Who’s house is it? How case-by-case policy advocacy upholds all tenants’ privacy
James Bennett, The Power to Persuade

More people are renting, they are renting for longer and more families are tenants than ever before. So how do we ensure that society accepts renting as a legitimate long term housing option? And how do we ensure our laws protect tenants? The Tenants Union of Victoria (TUV) provides advice and advocacy for individual tenants; however another important aspect of our work is to raise the profile of tenancy issues in public debate and to lobby for improved laws for renters.


Sydney housing prices lock out young people from property market
Eamon Waterford, The Canberra Times

We are creating a city for millionaires, most of whom are either approaching retirement or retired.

Mr Stevens can try to talk down house prices, but really what Sydney desperately needs is a broader range of housing options in key areas, including low-income housing, homelessness services and dense, apartment-style living in the inner city.

Sydney's population has grown at just over 1 per cent each year since 2002, but housing delivery in Sydney has halved. It's unsustainable.


Domestic violence up as Illawarra support service gets axe
Joshua Butler, Illawarra Mercury

Domestic assault was one of few crime categories on the increase in the Illawarra, yet a successful domestic violence outreach service is to be axed under state government reforms.

The Lake Illawarra Family Violence Support Service is a program of Wollongong Women's Information Service.


Campaign: Alaghun (not his real name) has been locked up in Australian detention centres for 1850 days without charge
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce

Why are people like Alaghun locked up indefinitely? And what can you do?

Alughun is entering his 6th year of detention in Villawood – having committed no crime, without being charged, and without any prospects of release. He is one of 40 asylum seekers who have had an adverse security assessment – which is a confidential assessment of what these young people MIGHT do if released. These assessments by ASIO are kept secret, and the basis of the adverse findings is never disclosed to the asylum seeker, their lawyers or anyone else. These people have begged to be allowed to move into community detention – they have offered to check in with police daily, or even wear security bracelets.


'Third way' for government services wins Kevin Andrews's approval
Noell Towell, The Canberra Times

Public servants should form their own co-operatives and bid for the right to provide government health, education, welfare and even emergency services, according to a new report that has won the backing of the Abbott government.

The report, to be launched by Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews in Canberra on Thursday, also calls for "mutuals" such as motoring group NRMA or insurance outfit Australian Unity to be able to take over government functions.


Public Service Mutuals White Paper
Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

The BCCM will launch the Final Report and Reccomendations White Paper, Public Service Mutuals: A Third Way for Delivering Public Services in Australia, at Parliament House, Canberra, on Thursday 4th September, 2014. The Report will be launched by the Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Kevin Andrews.


Does social procurement deliver social impact?
Knowledge Connect (July 2014)

When buyers use their purchasing power to achieve social outcomes beyond the products and services they require, they are undertaking social procurement. Social procurement is a strategic approach to procurement which allows organisations to achieve multiple outcomes through their procurement spend including:

• The creation of employment for marginalised groups and those excluded from the labour market; and
• Regenerating of local economies; and
• Ensuring fair work practices in developing countries.


Why using Myers-Briggs at work Might Be a Terrible Idea (MBTI)
Jesse Olse and Peter Gahan, The Conversation

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most popular personality test, boasting millions of test-takers each year. Developed in the 1940s by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs, the MBTI is based on the ideas of Carl Jung. Upon completion, test-takers are presented with one of sixteen personality types based on four dichotomies: extraversion-introversion (E-I), sensing-intuition (S-N, because “I” was already taken), thinking-feeling (T-F), and judging-perceiving (J-P).


Hard questions we’re not asking Pope Francis
John L Allen, Crux

Pope Francis is an undeniably attractive figure whose concern for people at society’s margins can be awesome to behold. As a result, it’s almost impossible sometimes not to go soft on the man.

To take a recent example: While in South Korea in mid-August, the pontiff made a point of visiting a group of severely disabled children at a health care center outside Seoul. He delighted in a dance they performed, then utterly disregarded his schedule to embrace each one by one. He laughed with them, wiped away their tears, and for a brief, shining moment, made them feel like the center of the universe.

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