Daily News - Friday 6 September 2013

Posted 6 September 2013 7:57am

Child safety plan meets resistance
Pia Akerman, The Australian

The states and commonwealth have foreshadowed opposition to any royal commission recommendation for a national scheme of working-with-children checks, despite support for such a scheme from child protection groups, NGOs and churches.

Helping children respond to death
Julie Power, Canberra Times

About one in 20 children will have a parent who dies by the time they turned 16, she says, adding it is important to use the words death and dying instead of euphemisms. She says words like ''lose'' confuse children, who may wonder where their parent has gone.

All the lonely people
Stephanie Wood, Sydney Morning Herald

Loneliness is usually a temporary state; isolating events such as relationship breakdowns or financial hardship mean people can move in and out of loneliness. Single parents and people like me who live alone are twice as likely to experience loneliness. Men are generally more vulnerable than women.

The elderly are at the greatest risk of all.

Melbourne University researchers shocked by level of violence inflicted on relatives of gamblers
Tom Nightingale, The World Today, ABC

Researchers investigating links between gambling and family violence say they are shocked by the evidence they have gathered.

A Melbourne University study has found nearly half the family members of a problem gambler had experienced violence in the previous 12 months.

Pokies Trial and Foreign Aid Lose Out in Coalition Costings
Pro Bono News

The Federal Coalition will scrap the ACT pokies trial and significantly reduce foreign aid, as part of 11th hour budget costings released by Opposition Treasurer Joe Hockey.

The Coalition’s Costing Document says the dumping of the pokies pre-commitment trial in the national capital will save $42 million over four years.

Why Rudd will rue his pragmatism
Lindy Edwards, The Age

Ideology as a word evokes a negative response. That is because we think of ourselves as having a vision and values, while people we disagree with have ideology. But whatever you choose to call it, as Labor plumbs the depths, it is clear we don't like our politics without it.

Both major parties lack vision on needs of older Australians
Michael O'Neil, The Courier Mail

As long-running two-horse political race limps to a finish, why do so many older punters feel like they're the ones who've been scratched?

Happy families prove a winner for Coalition
Jim Williamson, The Age

Who would have thought the Coalition would outmanoeuvre Labor on its traditional voting strengths of working families and local communities?

Who wins the narrative, wins the election.

Labor wins the debate, Abbott eyes the prize
Waleed Aly, The Age

Labor ... has spent far too much time answering the Coalition's charges rather than telling its own story, in its own political terms. If it falls, it will certainly leave a legacy: disability insurance, broadband, Gonski. But we won't really know what that legacy means because it has never really told us. Besides, these are Coalition policies now, too. In so many ways, Labor has won the arguments it refused to have, and for which it will receive no reward.

What is government for?
John Daley, The Conversation

Australia is blessed with a high standard of living, governments that deliver much that people value, and relatively efficient administration. Unfortunately, however, the size of government that voters want is not currently matched by the taxes we are prepared to pay. The task of Australia’s next government will be to deliver the bad news that something has to give.

UK - How did David 'Big Society' Cameron end up sanctioning a bonkers bill that bosses around charities?
Iain Martin, The Telegraph

One of the numerous myths about David Cameron's leadership of the Conservative party is that the "Big Society" was at root a bad idea. It has been presented as a vapid piece of marketing designed to make it look as though he believed in something when really there was nothing there. Actually, it was the reverse. It was a very good idea, rooted in Cameron's instinctive shire conservatism, which was then poorly executed and destroyed by atrocious metropolitan marketing.

Honesty about failure is key to improving impact measurement
David Pritchard, The Guardian

Arguably, the biggest barrier to charities achieving their potential impact is so commonplace that few probably even think of it is as a barrier. The problem is that as charities don't want to admit they have a programme or service that does, or did not, work, ineffective practices and mistakes are repeated time and time again. There are pockets – and even broad swaths – of inefficiency and ineffectiveness. These persist because charities do not measure and share results sufficiently to know what works.

Why charities should use different media to reveal the impact they make
Sophie Hudson, The Guardian

At the Charity Finance Group's annual conference earlier this year charities were advised to tweet about the impact they are having, rather than produce impact reports.

Joe Saxton, co-founder of the consultancy nfpSynergy, told conference delegates that instead of being typically 'boring' when talking about what they had achieved, charities should put together short and snappy sound bites to communicate their impact.

Are emotive appeals effective in persuading people to give to charity?
Sophie Hudson, The Guardian

Alan Clayton, a director at the agency Clayton Burnett, says that using negative, or 'need', emotions such as guilt does not lead to long-term giving, but that reward emotions, such as pride or belonging, do, as they enable people to enjoy giving. "The mistake charities make is that they keep going out with the need emotion because it works short-term, but they don't put enough emphasis on the reward emotions," he says. "These are important as otherwise people will just give up. We can only go so long without getting a reward."

Vatican readmits leftist thinking
James Bone, The Times

The Vatican has begun a historic move to rehabilitate the leftist Catholic movement known as "liberation theology" as the Pope refocuses the church on the poor.

Peace Made Between Müller and Gutiérrez. But Bergoglio Isn't Falling For It
Sandro Magister, Chiesa

The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith and the founder of liberation theology are trying to conclude twenty years of polemics. But one of the most severe critics of this theological current has been precisely the current pope.

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