Daily News - Tuesday 11 June 2013

Posted 11 June 2013 7:44am

Charities strained as refugees seek help to survive
Adam Hegarty, AdelaideNow

Asylum seekers are inundating South Australian charities since being released into the community on the Federal Government's bridging visas.

More asylum seeker deaths, more unanswered questions
Tony Kevin, Eureka Street

Even after the Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare's well-crafted media conference on Sunday morning, many important questions remain about the latest asylum-seeker boat sinking tragedy.

US - Social Impact Bonds
Ashley Pettus, Harvard Magazine

Homelessness is a complex social problem that societies often treat, but rarely fix. Existing social services do little to remedy the underlying causes, and governments too often lack the resources and long-term commitment to invest in preventive approaches that could improve lives and reduce society’s burden in a lasting way.

UK - Why investing in impact practice is so important
Saba Salman, The Guardian

Impact investing is, according to Sir Ronald Cohen, "the new venture capital". The art of investing simultaneously for financial and social return, as Cohen recently blogged, could radically alter how social issues are tackled. From social impact bonds to social finance and payment by results, a focus on outcomes is changing the way programmes are supported and delivered.

Butler 'bites bullet' on mental health centres
Dan Box, the Australian

The federal government has abandoned plans to work with the states on a national network of treatment centres for young people with psychotic disorders, meaning almost half the promised centres will not be built.

Barriers impede jobseekers
Patricia Karvelas

New figures show that 76 per cent of the nation's most long-term unemployed -- 86,419 people -- have five or more barriers to employment.

These "Stream 4" jobseekers access the highest level of help from job agencies but evidence before Senate estimates reveals the full extent of workforce barriers among Australia's most disadvantaged jobseekers.

Lower wages call to tackle youth 'jobs scandal'
Glenda Kwek, Sydney Morning Herald

Rising youth unemployment is the ''scandal of our times'' and should be tackled by removing the minimum wage, introducing more training programs and maintaining an onshore manufacturing workforce, the global head of hiring firm Adecco says.

Quality Childcare Needs Real Support
Liam McNicholas, New Matilda

Over a million children are now in some kind of formal education and care, such as long day care, family day care or school-age care. But many of the organisations that provide these programs have a history of uneven and in some cases non-existent quality control. This was the case until the introduction of the Federal Government's National Quality Framework (NQF) in January 2012.

Crackdown on family daycare operators rorting childcare rebate
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

A crackdown on family daycare operators rorting the childcare rebate has recovered $350,000 through repayments from nine services in Victoria so far.

OzHarvest to serve up a free food feast
Lucy Carroll

It's not every day that a cook whips up 17,000 bread and butter puddings. But the founder of food rescue service OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, turned her hands to the task after taking a call from a company that had 3000 litres of surplus cream.

Altruist's latest gift is a wake-up call
Daniella Miletic, Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's young and wealthy need to be a lot more philanthropic - and realise that the time for giving is now. That is the message from visiting 36-year-old philanthropist Daniel Lurie, the founder of a non-profit group in San Francisco that has raised $60 million in the past eight years to eradicate poverty.

Living standards will fall if we don't tax rich more: Cousins
Gareth Hutchens, Sydney Morning Herald

A former Howard government adviser has warned Australia will need to increase taxes on its wealthiest families if it does not want standards of living to drop.

Hellbound after all?
Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker

As readers of a recent blog post may recall, I was touched by the Pope’s apparent declaration that morally well-behaved nonbelievers (such as, I hope, myself) are just as worthy of God’s beneficence as are morally well-behaved believers—that God, being good, does not punish nice, otherwise inoffending people simply for not kowtowing to Him.

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