Daily News - Friday 9 August 2013

Posted 9 August 2013 8:20am

Royal Commission into child sex abuse looks at 'child-safe' policy
Pia Akerman, The Australian

The Royal Commission examining child sex abuse has called for community input on how organisations can keep children safe.

The commission's third issues paper, released today, has declared a focus on 'child safe organisations' as the inquiry seeks to examine effective policies and procedures to protect children from sexual abuse.

"Conducting employment screening checks is only one aspect of keeping children safe from sexual abuse in institutions," the paper says.

Welfare snapshot confirms the have-nots are making little headway
Rachel Browne, The Age

The circumstances for Australia's poorest people have barely changed over the past decade while high-income earners have surged ahead, widening the wealth gap.

Australians older, wiser - and richer in the cities
Rachel Browne, The Age

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report suggests people living in cities are better off than their country counterparts despite the higher cost of living in urban areas.

Housing services struggle to meet demand for disabled Australians
Jenni Henderson, PM, ABC

As the number of homeless in Australia grows, so too does the number of those with a mental or physical disability searching for a home.

A home for life: youth homelessness in the spotlight
Prue Bentley, ABC

The election battlegrounds of Melbourne's mortgage belt are a far cry from Jess's own personal war.

Jess has been homeless on and off for the last four years and through that time she's battled family breakdown, addiction and unemployment.

Loving beggars: how to avoid the trap of stereotyping
University of Cambridge

The world of beggars is understood by mainstream Brits as a criminal sphere, the epitome of an underground world crowded by drug users and prostitutes, by the lowest kind of street people, by those unwilling to work, unwilling to behave as ‘normal’ citizens. Is this the world that John and Molly are living in, the world that accommodates their love affair? Or is their reality – the little stints and spaces of privacy, the moments of intimacy and togetherness they have created for themselves – actually rather different and more complex?

Tragedy of tormented teenagers - mental illness hits one in four
Bruce McDougall, The Daily Telegraph

Every Year 12 class in Australia has at least one student who has attempted suicide, disturbing mental health findings reveal.

Young offenders program receives $1m
Smanatha-Jo Harris

About 64 young people each year will benefit from a new program aimed at rehabilitating juvenile offenders, after the program received a $1 million boost.

Centacare New England North West acquired the funding to run a support program where four caseworkers each provide 12 weeks of intensive services for up to 16 people a year.

Unemployment a riddle wrapped in an enigma
Tim Colebatch, The Age

It’s a puzzle. On the seasonally adjusted estimates that analysts choose to focus on, July saw 5700 fewer people unemployed. So times are good, huh?

Not exactly. The same Bureau of Statistics figures tell us that after seasonal adjustment, July also saw 10,200 fewer people employed. Full-time work fell by 6800. So times are both bad and good?

Employment statistics - Spot the trends not monthly variation
Sinclair Davidson, The Conversation

On current trends unemployment is going to rise. Quibbling over the monthly data fills columns, and air-time, but doesn’t go the heart of the issue. What do politicians imagine they can do about the long term prognosis for employment and can they tell a coherent story to that effect?

Positive reaction from business to Coalition's Tasmanian jobs plan
Felicity Ogilvie, PM, ABC

The Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has announced a plan to pay employers a subsidy if they hire a long-term unemployed person in Tasmania.

Canberra Is Protecting Loan Sharks. Yes, You Read Right.
Mike Seccombe, The Global Mail

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the website created by Cash Converters is a tale of 30 million woes. It's a compendium of more than 30,000 mug shots, each of an allegedly happy customer of the company's payday-lending operation.

Refugee candidate says stop the boats
Henrietta Cook, The Age

A Liberal candidate who fled Vietnam's communist regime on a fishing boat to seek asylum and now wants to stop the boats has denied being a hypocrite.

Asylum seekers asking people smugglers for their money back because of PNG policy
Helen Brown, ABC

Asylum seekers in Indonesia have confirmed that some of them are asking people smugglers for their money back because of Australia's new PNG policy.

PNG to free refugees 'in weeks'
Rowan Callick, The Australian

Asylum seekers found to be refugees in Papua New Guinea could be freed from detention within weeks and allowed to work.

The long-term resettlement options could include Australia -- but only if Canberra chose to take any of those assessed as refugees, according to PNG's chief migration officer Mataio Rabura

Regional cooperation: An impossible dream?
Oliver White, WhyDevelopment (January 2013)

Millions of refugees and asylum seekers face tough challenges in their struggle to find safety in Asia Pacific. With the lowest number of signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention in the world, this region offers paltry protection to people on the move. The glaring absence of national asylum laws and standardised procedures for refugee status determination has driven asylum seekers underground.

US - What Is The Impact Economy Anyway?

Have you ever wondered whether government has a role to play in the impact economy? Deloitte has, and they believe that everyone from impact investors to social entrepreneurs should understand what government can do to grow the space. For this special bi-weekly series, the Skoll World Forum has partnered with Deloitte to discuss policies, politics, and possibilities for government to accelerate the impact economy.

More Catholic than the Pope
Michael D’Antonio, Foreign Policy

In his first months in office, Francis has reached out to women, Muslims, atheists, and now gays with insistent gestures of humility. He has also promised a dialogue with victims of abuse, reforms at the Vatican Bank, and greater commitment to the poor. Possessing the same singular power as John Paul II and Benedict, he seems to be wielding it without concern for a backlash.

Cardinal Pell: Pope Francis’s good press won’t last forever
Catholic Herald

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has said that Pope Francis’s popularity with the media is “too good to last”.

The cardinal, a member of the powerful Group of Eight cardinals appointed to advise Francis, made the remark in a reflection on World Youth Day in Rio. His comment followed the Pope being called “awesome” by the men’s magazine Esquire and his face appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair and Time magazine.

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