Daily News - Thursday 16 October 2014
Andrew Forrest slams Tony Abbott’s jobs plan
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian ($)
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has slammed the government’s new unemployment plan, saying it risks another five years of “inefficient and ineffective” training programs that reward agencies in a “cash barbecue”.
Mr Forrest says he tried to alter the draft version of the nation’s $5.1 billion job-placement system by putting in a strong submission, but says the Government has largely disregarded this.
“I have long advocated funding of long-term employment outcomes as opposed to programs which train for training’s sake,” Mr Forrest told The Australian.
Mentally ill may not lose disability pension under McClure review
Judith Ireland, The Sydney Morning Herald
People with mental illness would not necessarily lose their disability support pensions, the head of the government's welfare review has suggested, in comments that should assuage the fears of those within the mental health and welfare sectors.
The interim report of the McClure welfare review recommended the disability pension should be reserved for people with a permanent impairment and no capacity to work, while other people with disabilities would receive a different working age payment.
Fix poverty by getting to know a poor person
Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street
Anti-Poverty Week suggests that poverty is a thing to be uprooted, extirpated, warred against and conquered.
The image is helpful in suggesting the care needed to identify why people are poor, and the determination and planning necessary to enable them to live with dignity. But it is less helpful if it encourages us to think of poverty primarily as a problem to be solved or an enemy to be destroyed.
Foodbank Hunger Report 2014
The Foodbank End Hunger Report provides a snap shot of the largely hidden problem of food insecurity in Australia. The report is a summary of two pieces of research undertaken amongst Foodbank stakeholders in the first half of 2014.
Food groups nourish the spirit and the family
Rachel Baxendale, The Australian ($)
Sixteen months ago, Brisbane father of three Mick Hannemann had never been unemployed, let alone imagined his family relying on food aid to make ends meet.
But a broken arm, which resulted in five operations and a golden staph infection and left him unable to work, placed the 49-year-old single father and his children among a growing number of families relying on food parcels.
The annual Foodbank Hunger Report released today by Australia’s largest food-relief agency reports an 8 per cent increase in the number of people seeking help with food this year.
Tasmanian food welfare group pleads for donations as food stocks run low
Rosmary Bolger, ABC
A Tasmanian emergency relief organisation is pleading for more donations as more families struggle to put food on the table.
Demand for food welfare has risen in Tasmania as more people struggle to feed themselves and their families.
But Foodbank Tasmania said it had turned down offers of fresh produce from the mainland due to quarantine restrictions.
Cape York welfare reform scheme to be extended
Elise Worthington, ABC
A welfare reform program will be extended in far north Queensland after laws were passed in State Parliament overnight.
'The Families Responsibilities Commission (FRC)' already operates in Aurukun, Hope Vale, Coen and Mossman George.
Other Indigenous communities like Doomadgee could now also be included.
Domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia: an overview of the issues
Janet Phillips and Penny Vandenbroek, Parliamentary Library
In 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the first systematic international review on the prevalence of violence against women. During the course of the review the authors analysed and collated data from around the world, including Australia, on the prevalence of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. The review found that violence against women is a significant public health problem and a violation of human rights that affects more than one third of all women globally. The review concluded that the prevalence of violence constitutes ‘a global public health problem of epidemic proportions, requiring urgent action’.
Federal Court judge rules baby born to asylum seeker parents cannot apply for a protection visa
Stephanie Smail, PM, ABC
A Federal Court judge has ruled that a baby born to asylum seeker parents in Australia cannot apply for a protection visa.
Eleven-month-old Ferouz Myoodin was born in a Brisbane hospital to Rohingyan parents who arrived in Australia by boat.
His lawyers have argued he has the right to stay in Australia because he was born here.
The size of the Australian Not for Profit sector and its economic significance should not be lost on the Federal Government in its policy deliberations, a forum in Melbourne has been told.
The forum was organised by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM and Curtin University’s Professor David Gilchrist and Penny Knight to discuss the key findings of the recent Curtin Charities 2013 Report.
Australians remain top as richest in the world
Matt Wade, The Canberra Times
Another day, another stellar global comparison for Australia.
The Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report has ranked us No.1 for median adult wealth, like last year and the year before that. What's more, the report predicts Australia will keep top spot on that measure until at least the end of this decade.
Conscience vs. authority is the real battle at the synod
Jacob Lupfer, Crux
Pope Francis has engineered a lively debate at the Synod of Bishops about gays and lesbians, divorced and remarried Catholics, and couples who live together before getting married. Yet through these discussions about Catholic life runs a theme that is as old as the Reformation: the role of individual conscience.