Daily News - Thursday 21 November 2013

Posted 21 November 2013 8:25am

National disability insurance scheme faces $5 billion cost blowout
Dan Harrison, The Age

The national disability insurance scheme could cost billions of dollars more than expected, after the cost of the first support plans blew out by almost a third.

The minister responsible for the scheme, Mitch Fifield, told the National Press Club on Wednesday that the average cost of care and support plans completed in the first three months of the scheme was $46,290, more than 32 per cent higher than the $34,969 average cost modelled by the Productivity Commission in designing the scheme.

Cape York 'progress' extends income trial
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

Income management will continue for another two years in the indigenous communities participating in the Cape York Welfare Reform trial.

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews and Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said the extension of the trial in Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge would be covered by the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, which will be introduced into parliament today.

Domestic violence crackdown in the NT
Mark Di Stefano, ABC

[Territory Justic Minister] John Elferink said radical measures were needed to act on the high rate of domestic assaults in the Territory.

"They don't necessarily have to spend more money but perhaps linking income management to domestic violence offences, might be a way for doing things smarter and that's just an example," Mr Elferink said.

Unemployment agency's success rate fell by 15pc in ALP's final year
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

The number of unemployed people who found a job through the government-funded Jobs Services Australia dropped by more than 15 per cent in the final year of the Labor government.

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker will today release the latest Labour Market Assistance Outcomes data to argue that Jobs Services Australia, which matches unemployed people with work, needs big changes to ensure the trend is reversed. He said the 15 per cent drop equated to 75,000 fewer job placements.

Jobs Are Making Women Wait To Have Kids, But Not For the Reason You Think
Belinda Luscombe, Time

Having a career is a known reason behind why women put off having children, but it’s not just being employed and building a professional reputation that’s responsible, suggests a new study. It’s job insecurity.

Fear of stigma stops problem gamblers seeking help

The Australian National University's Centre for Gambling Research has found people with gambling problems try to hide their problem, even from themselves, to avoid feeling ashamed and stupid.

Antidepressant use on the rise in rich countries, OECD finds
Sarah Boseley, Mona Chalabi and Mark Rice-Oxley

Rate not matched by increase in global diagnoses, prompting concern among psychiatrists about over-use of medication.

The drugs do work, but they can't cure unhappiness
Tim Cantopher, The Guardian

Prescription numbers are rising mainly because doctors are getting better at identifying depression, though antidepressants are sometimes prescribed when they aren't needed and won't work. Except for people suffering from recurrent depression they are only first aid, buying you time to sort out the issues that caused the depression in the first place, but never to use them is to miss an opportunity to provide relief from this horrible illness.

Beyond male and female: time for a non-specific sex category
Anna Chapman, The Conversation

Earlier this month the High Court indicated it was prepared to hear a legal case that tests the ability of intersex Australians to be legally recognised as being neither male or female.

Forms of male chauvinism hostile to the church
Phyllis Zagano, National Catholic Reporter

The Vatican's preparatory document for the October 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family gets to women after 300 words. Among matters of deep concern are "forms of feminism hostile to the Church." Male chauvinism is not mentioned.

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