Daily News - Thursday 29 May 2014

Posted 29 May 2014 8:11am

Who cares if Abbott and Hockey are Catholic?
Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street

The ideology underpinning the Budget and the understanding of the role of government is that human beings have value measured to the contribution they make to economic growth, and that successful competitors should be rewarded while the unproductive are to be disciplined or disregarded. It enshrines the sense of entitlement of the affluent.


Fears for Charities’ Future Demise
Pro Bono News

Welfare expert and Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director Tony Nicholson has delivered a hard-hitting speech on the future of the community welfare sector warning of the demise of small charities in favour of super-sized welfare businesses.

... He said the idea that the sector could continue to meet society’s current and emerging needs by contracting to government, expanding and aggregating organisations, driving for greater efficiency, and further professionalising, regulating and circumscribing care was fundamentally flawed.

He said that if an amalgamation of organisations was allowed to continue he foresaw “a welfare arms race in which the lion's share of government funding will go to super-sized welfare businesses”.


Should CEOs Change The World, And Do They Have The Skills To Do So?
Andrew Cave, Forbes

[Alice] Korngold argues that companies are beginning to recognise the rich business opportunities that exist in laudable government objectives such as improving energy efficiency, reducing poverty and offering better access to healthcare. Moreover, she argues that they are becoming much more effective at this than governments or NGOs could ever be.


US - Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit?
Amy Schiller, The Atlantic

Charity is for patsies. If you really care about making the world a better place, buy a trendy bag.

That was the logic Lauren Bush Lauren articulated in a 2013 interview about FEED, a for-profit entity she founded that creates simple, eco-friendly tote bags whose price covers the cost of donating school meals to children in Rwanda via the UN World Food Program. Her interviewer was Matthew Bishop, editor of The Economist and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World, perhaps the most prominent advocate for nonprofits to adopt business strategy and technique to fulfill their missions.

... Consumption philanthropy corrupts the very behavior that should expand our capacity for empathy and turns it into the social equivalent of paying a sex worker for “the girlfriend experience.”


Using human interest stories and case studies
Annette Rawstrone, Third Sector

The director of communications at Anthony Nolan says human interest stories and case studies help bring the charity's work to life, as well as attracting attention from the media.

... He says a charity's front-line staff are key to getting good case studies. "It is important that the comms team works closely with the people who are close to the beneficiaries," he says. "If relationships with them are strong, stories will come and it will be easier to generate case studies."


Government shows muddled mental health priorities
Anthony Jorm, The Conversation

Despite widespread analysis of the federal budget, measures affecting mental health services have received little attention. But, like other aspects of the budget, there’s serious concern about the lack of a coherent vision or plan behind the government’s actions.


US - The hidden injuries of long-term unemployment
Tara Melillo, Cindy Christiansen and Evelyn Murphy, Commonwealth

Despite overwhelming evidence that unemployment can inflict serious physiological and mental health problems on workers, current policies to help unemployed Americans regain jobs overlook these conditions. Career centers provide education and skills training, job postings, classes on resume writing and interviewing, and recently, financial literacy. Nowhere in unemployment services, however, is help with depression offered, and there is little or no mention even made in these services of stress-induced health problems associated with long-term unemployment. If long-term unemployed show signs of serious depression, then no amount of skills training will help them find and keep a job unless their self-esteem and self-confidence are also renewed.


New Work for the Dole for young job seekers
Luke Hartsuyker

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today announced further details on the first phase of the Government’s Work for the Dole programme to help young job seekers remain active and engaged while looking for work.

The new arrangements will apply in 18 locations across Australia and include six areas in New South Wales, five in Queensland, four in Victoria, and one each in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.


Work for the Dole in selected areas – locations
Department of Employment

Work for the Dole will commence in 18 areas across Australia from 1 July 2014. The programme will be phased in moving to a full national scheme from 1 July 2015.

If you are an employment services provider and require further information on the commencement of Work for the Dole in these areas, an email can be sent to workforthedole1415@employment.gov.au.

Further information on the tender process for Work for the Dole coordinators will be available through the AusTender website from 29 May 2014.


Coalition's 'earn or learn' clampdown could alienate poor, expert warns
Daniel Hurst, The Guardian

A leading international poverty researcher has warned the media and politicians against creating an “us and them” divide that marginalises the poorest people.

Julia Unwin, the chief executive of the UK-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust, sounded a warning over tabloid language that “assumes people who are just struggling to get by ought to resent those who are not coping at all”.


Work for the Dole: Critics say program will not help job seekers in Geelong

Critics of the Federal Government's Work for the Dole scheme say the program will not improve people's skills and will not help them get jobs.


Generations of jobless in some sectors of Sydney
Lisa O'Brien, Sydney Morning Herald

Recently I listened to a teacher from a high school in Sydney’s west tell the story of a project she’d set her class.

From her perspective it was relatively straightforward: she asked them to approach a parent and interview them about their job – what they do, their qualifications and how they found it – and report back. The faces of her students took on a mix of confusion and concern until one of the children put up their hand.

“Miss, what if your Mum or Dad doesn’t have a job?”

In that event, she said, why not interview someone in your extended family or a next-door neighbour?

“But what if you don’t know anyone with a job?”


Significant Hardships For Young People in Care: Report
Pro Bono News

Children in care experience dramatically higher incidences of mental and chronic health issues, are more likely to be bullied at school, and are more likely to find it difficult to acquire skills necessary for minimum wage jobs than children in the general community, according to a new report.

Anglicare Victoria’s second annual report card on children in care found that children and young people in care experienced almost double the incidence of chronic health problems or disabilities and were more than four times more susceptible to developing behavioural problems than their peers in the general population.


Those killing animals are better trained than those caring for children
Anna Patty, Sydney Morning Herald

Abattoir workers are, on average, better trained than childcare staff, Sydney researchers have found.

The University of Sydney Workplace Research Centre has raised questions about the consistency and quality of training of childcare workers and has found it inferior to the more systematic approach used by employers to train red meat processing workers.


Childcare centres in race for Tony Abbott cash
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian ($)

Almost half of all eligible ­long-day childcare centres have already applied for a share of the government’s $200 million investment in professional development for their staff, new figures reveal.

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said that, in less than two weeks, 2852 services had applied for the program, which replaced Labor’s previous wages fund.


Schools to lose secular welfare staff under Christian chaplaincy drive
Benjamin Preiss and Ben Butler, Sydney Morning Herald

The group that provides chaplains and Christian religious instruction to Victorian schools expects a surge in demand after the federal government revealed plans to remove the option for schools to hire a non-religious welfare worker.

Accounts filed by Access Ministries showed it has already reaped the benefits of increased federal chaplaincy grants, which have turned around its finances after running at a loss for four consecutive years.


US - The Push to End Chronic Homelessness Is Working
David Bornstein, New York Times

Sometime in June, the 100,000 Homes Campaign — an initiative launched four years ago to help communities around the country place 100,000 chronically homeless people into permanent supportive housing — expects to announce that it has reached its goal. It’s a significant milestone: It means that many American cities are currently on track to end chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of the decade or earlier.


Palmer United and the Greens should not be underestimated by the Abbott government
John Warhurst, Sydney Morning Herald

Palmer United and the Greens each suffer from general disdain and opprobrium in mainstream commentary. Yet together they boast the support of 20 per cent of the community in the latest public opinion polls (up from 14 per cent at the last elections). And they now hold the future of the Abbott government’s legislative program in their hands, including the budget, failing agreement between the major parties.


Why curiosity will rule the modern world
Ian Leslie, New Statesman

Students entering the workplace need to stay curious, because the wages for routine intellectual work, even in professional industries such as accountancy and law, are falling. Technology is rapidly taking over tasks historically performed by human beings, and it’s no longer enough to be merely competent or smart: computers are both. But no computer can yet be said to be curious. As the technology writer Kevin Kelly puts it, “Machines are for answers; humans are for questions.”


Archives 1986 - Compulsory work for the dole rejected
Anna Grutzner, The Canberra Times

The ALP aired its misgivings yesterday about the proposal for unemployed people to do community work in exchange for the dole.

The party's national conference endorsed without debate a resolution criticising the idea, which the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, floated during his economic address to the nation last month.

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