Daily News - Monday 14 October 2013

Posted 14 October 2013 8:06am

Dropping out: income tip of isolation slide
Ben Schneiders, The Age

The fallout from the global financial crisis continues, with Australia's most disadvantaged people experiencing a rise in social problems since the crisis erupted in 2008.

Comprehensive research on disadvantage - produced by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Melbourne Institute - points to a noticeable increase in social exclusion since the crisis.

Poverty 'increasing in rich Australia'

UnitingCare is calling for an increase in the Newstart allowance to help tackle poverty rates among single parent families and children.

Poverty, Social Exclusion and Disadvantage in Australia
UnitingCare NSW/ACT

To coincide with Anti-Poverty Week this year, UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families (UCCYPF) has released a commissioned research report entitled ‘Poverty, Social Exclusion and Disadvantage in Australia’. The research was conducted by the Canberra-based National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM).

The report offers the most up to date, detailed poverty and social exclusion analysis available and will provide policymakers with a tool to help identify and target responses to the areas and groups most affected by disadvantage.

Victoria - City heads towards two-speed economy
Clay Lucas, The Age

Melbourne could soon have a dual economy: a permanently prosperous inner city, surrounded by ''client'' suburbs where jobs are hard to get to and lack security, a new study warns.

And the continued spread outward of the ''already super-sized'' Melbourne could leave residents in these new outer suburban areas at risk of ''profound social exclusion''.

Poverty gap widens across Queensland
Andree Withey, ABC

In Queensland, 12.5 per cent of the community struggle to make ends meet, as the gap between the rich and poor widens in Australia.

Tasmania - State poverty rates set to be worst in country
Rosemary Bolger, The Examiner

Tasmania is set to take over the unenviable mantle of having Australia's worst poverty rates, with one in four caught in a growing ``crisis of affordability''.

That's the bleak prediction from Tasmania's peak body for community services struggling to cope with demand from people forced to choose between paying bills or putting food on the table.

Regional and rural poor in dire straits: report
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

Two of the nation's peak community bodies - the Australian Council of Social Service and the National Rural Health Alliance - will today release a report on the extent of poverty and disadvantage outside the major capital cities, highlighting its devastating impact on people's lives and on country towns and communities.

With more people renting than 30 years ago, change is needed to protect tenants' rights
Julie Power, The Age

Tenants in Australia lack protections offered elsewhere, such as caps on rent increases, longer leases and rules requiring landlords to show cause before they can end a lease, even if the term has elapsed. An even bigger issue is about 76 per cent of all rental properties are owned by small investors, mostly baby boomers with a single property as a nest egg for their retirement or for their children's inheritance.

These boomers are pushing prices up, perhaps even making it difficult for their children to buy a home. Attitudes to renting are also very different in Australia.

Explainer: what is self-harm and why do people do it?
Simon Crisp, The Conversation

Deliberately inflicting pain or injury by cutting oneself or some other form of self-mutilation seems incomprehensible to many people. But it’s a common, typically secretive, experience for about 8% of adolescents and young adults.

Why 'Indigenous Policy' Doesn't Work
Michael Winkler, New Matilda

Tony Abbott didn't spend his first week as PM in Yirrkala, as promised - but even if he had, it would have provided only one small snapshot of diverse Indigenous Australia, writes Michael Winkler.

Indigenous affairs - Abbott's remote chance the best there is
Nicolas rothwell, The Australian

When Abbott worked on a truancy team at Aurukun in 2009, he found more than 100 agencies ministering to the needs of 1200 people. At long-suffering Mutitjulu, in the shadow of Uluru, 17 service providers fight for control of fewer than 300 souls.

Archive - Fattest hand is first in the till
Noel Pearson, The Australian (2010)

Getting the fangs of government off our throats means that we have to be able to distinguish between empowering and disempowering service delivery.

If we subjected the 400 service providers that are engaged in this single Cape York community to the analysis of whether they are providing an essential service or supporting Aboriginal people to take charge of their own lives, then you end up getting rid of 300 of them at the least.

Party helped to close gap
Jenny Macklin, The Australian

While Nicholas Rothwell's piece in The Weekend Australian ("Abbott's remote chance the best there is") gives us much to think about, it paints a bleak picture. Readers could be forgiven for thinking no progress has been made at all.

This rhetoric isn't new. For generations, public commentary has accurately reflected historic policy failings -- where waste, neglect and despair became synonymous with indigenous affairs.

NT - Cash controls for mandatory grog rehab patients
Melanie Arnost, ABC

The Northern Territory Government will begin quarantining welfare payments of people in mandatory alcohol rehabilitation programs.

Alcohol Rehabilitation Minister Robyn Lambley told the Legislative Assembly last night that new federal Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews had agreed to give income management powers to the Mandatory Rehabilitation Tribunal, which assesses people for treatment.

Archive - Church endorses Coalition job strategy
The Canberra Times (1992)

The Catholic Church's main welfare lobby group has given a ringing endorsement to the Coalition's jobs strategy, saying it is "comprehensive and viable" and will ensure training programs are responsive to the needs of the unemployed.

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