Daily News - Tuesday 17 February

Posted 17 February 2015 12:00am



Homeless study suggests interventions for school-aged young people who cannot go home

Rachael Brown - Yahoo News

A national study into youth homelessness is recommending interventions to help school-aged young people, who are couch surfing or have run away from home, avoid a life of adult homelessness.

The Cost of Youth Homelessness study is a joint project by Swinburne, Western Australia and Charles Sturt universities and will soon reveal the federal cost of youth homelessness.

The study's initial snapshot report looked at the cost to homeless youths themselves, both social and psychological.

"What would society be willing to pay in order to move people from a low quality of life, a life in which they have high psychological distress, and get them into housing and education and a full life ahead of them?" Paul Flatau from the University of Western Australia said.

The report found at least 44,000 Australians aged younger than 25 were homeless and most of them were couch surfing.

The main catalyst for youth homelessness is family conflict. An example of this situation is Lily.

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United Nations group defends under-fire Gillian Triggs

Sarah Whyte - SMH

The United Nations has rushed to the defence of Gillian Triggs, urging the federal government to "respect the rule" of law in the protection of human rights and the Australian Human Rights Commission president's "high reputation".

The UN's working group on arbitrary detention has commended the work by the commission in its latest report, saying it considers the commission's statements on international law and human rights as "highly authoritative and their findings reliable".

Professor Triggs was heavily criticised by the Abbott government last week for its inquiry into children in immigration detention. Prime Minister Tony Abbott accused the commission of orchestrating a "transparent stitch-up" by releasing its report while the Coalition government was in power.

It was then revealed the government sought the resignation of Professor Triggs two weeks before it launched its extraordinary attack on the commission over its children in detention report.

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We won't include family home in assets pension test: Scott Morrison

Latika Bourke - SMH

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison says the government wants to make it easier for older people to sell their homes for income in retirement but has ruled out including the family home in the assets pension test.

The Australian Financial Review has reported the government is considering the move but the minister says that while the issue has been raised with him during consultations he is ruling out the Coalition pursuing the idea.

"They have raised those issues with me but the idea that this government would put the family home in the assets test for the pension is just not under consideration," he said. Treasurer Joe Hockey told Brisbane Radio 4BC the government rejected the idea last year and had not considered it again. The assets pensions test limits eligibility for fortnightly payments depending on the value of an individual's assets.

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Fair Go For The West: Jobs crisis the No.1 priority


YOUTH unemployment in Western Sydney is running at up to triple the rate recorded in the adult population, prompting fears that despite access to quality education some of the region’s brightest minds are not fulfilling their potential ­because they can’t get jobs.

Parramatta and Blacktown are western Sydney’s worst-affected areas and the latest data shows that between 13 and 14 per cent of 15 to 24-year-olds in those suburbs have no work, despite wanting employment and holding strong qualifications.

Through 2014 there were monthly peaks in youth ­unemployment of up to 19 per cent across the west.

The adult unemployment rate in NSW is 6.3 per cent.

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