Daily News - Tuesday 3 June 2014

Posted 3 June 2014 8:09am

Fears for young in job hunt
Lily Ray, Newcastle Herald

Youth unemployment has jumped nearly 25per cent in Newcastle and the Hunter since 2012 with fears more young people will be out of work in the years ahead.

This February, there were 4210 unemployed 16-to-24-years-olds in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie and 2435 in the Hunter Valley.

The Brotherhood of Saint Laurence said if trends continued as they had since 2012, the region should expect numbers to increase to 4433 in the Hunter and 6180 in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie by February 2016.


Call to Focus on Jobs for Young Aussies - ACOSS
Pro Bono News

The Australian Council of Social Service has urged the Federal Government to focus on improving job opportunities for young people saying the Government is investing precious dollars on failed programs instead of the ones that work.

According to ACOSS, the focus should be on opening up job opportunities for young people, in collaboration with business leaders, investors, local communities and social services to give young people hope, and help them get a foot in the door.


Welfare Rights Network Criticises Work for the Dole
Pro Bono News

The National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN) has slammed the Federal Government’s announcement on Work for the Dole saying it’s not a cost effective use of public money.

Recently Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker announced that the new Work for the Dole arrangements would apply in 18 locations across Australia - six areas in New South Wales, five in Queensland, four in Victoria, and one each in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.


An alternative to Work for the Dole
Cathy Van Extel, RN Breakfast, ABC

Critics of the government’s Work for the Dole scheme for young jobseekers say the money could be better spent on funding social enterprises and community groups who are already helping young people into the workforce.


UK - Charities to boycott the government's Help to Work programme
Sam Burne James, Third Sector Online

More than 350 voluntary sector organisations have agreed to boycott the government’s Community Work Placements programme, according to the campaign Keep Volunteering Voluntary.

The scheme is part of the government’s Help to Work Programme that will tell participants to either sign on at a Jobcentre every day, take up a training course or carry out a six-month, 30-hour-a-week placement. The CWP option is designed for claimants who lack work experience, motivation or both. People refusing to do their allotted activity will have their benefits docked.


Homeless services exhausted as waiting lists skyrocket
Nicole Fuge, Sunshine Coast Daily

A charity that gives swags to homeless people with nowhere but the streets to sleep says it has 400 people on its Sunshine Coast waiting list - and that's only scratching the surface of the problem.

Street Swags founder Jean Madden said on average 82% of homeless families were turned away from Coast emergency shelters, and she knew of one organisation that turned away 94% of the desperate people knocking on their door.


US - It's three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets
Matthew Yglesias, Vox

A new study is out providing support to one of my favorite ideas in public policy — that the best way to deal with the challenge of homelessness is to give homeless people homes to live in. To some it sounds utopian and it's natural to worry about the cost, but a great deal of evidence suggests that it would be cheaper to house the homeless than to let them languish on the streets and deal with the aftermath.


Stigma of mental illness
Big Ideas, ABC (audio)

About one in five Australians is grappling with a mental illness at some point in his life and the number is growing. Stigma is – still today - the main obstacle to progress in the field of mental health. Why is this stigma so difficult to overcome and how can we develop effective intervention against it?


Misjudged counselling and therapy can be harmful, study reveals
Sarah Boseley, The Guardian

Counselling and other psychological therapies can do more harm than good if they are of poor quality or the wrong type, according to a major new analysis of their outcomes.

Talking therapies are usually helpful to people who are distressed, but in a minority of cases where it goes wrong it can leave vulnerable people more depressed than when they first sought help, the authors say.


Psychologists View Both Divorce and Marriage as Major Life Stresses
Emma Woolf, Daily Beast

What have been the most traumatic events of your life—and how do you cope?

I’m preparing one of my students for her Psychology exams, and we’ve been focusing on Holmes and Rahe’s Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS). In 1967, two American psychiatrists, Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, examined the medical records of over 5,000 patients as a way to determine whether stress contributes to illness. By studying the correlation between specific experiences and ill health, they devised a list of the 43 most stressful life events.


George Christensen backs drug tests for the dole, says MPs should face them too
Jennifer Rajca, News Corp Australia

A Coalition MP believes politicians should set an example and be subjected to drug tests, alongside welfare recipients.

Backbencher George Christensen has publicly supported the “drug-testing for the dole” idea reported by News Corp Australia yesterday.

He said it could involve a simple random swab taken at the local Centrelink office and would ensure taxpayers aren’t funding the drug habits of some of the unemployed.


Divisive Federal Budget hits most vulnerable
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, media release

The 2014 Federal Budget will deepen the divide between rich and poor, and the greatest burden will fall on those who are young, on families, and on those already struggling to find work, the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and Catholic Social Services Australia have said in a joint statement.


Pope Francis would be appalled by treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island, says Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge
Mario Christodoulou, ABC

Pope Francis would be appalled at the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, according to one of Australia’s most senior Catholics in an interview with Four Corners.

Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge said the pontiff would be "appalled" if he visited Manus Island, where asylum seekers are held under a policy he described as "cruel and dehumanising".

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