Daily News - Tuesday 6 August 2013

Posted 6 August 2013 7:40am

Sacred Heart Mission - Live online Q&A on myths and misconceptions of homelessness
Live online Q&A: 2:30pm EST Tuesday, 6 August 2013

This Homeless Person's Week (5-11 August) we are inviting people to join Sacred Heart Mission CEO Cathy Humphrey online for a one-hour live Q&A to talk frankly about the myths and misconceptions surrounding homelessness. We're planning on having a lively, frank discussion about this issue which affects 1 in 200 Australians.

Join in the Google Hangout at 2:30pm Tuesday 4 August 2013 to join in the conversation. Reserve your spot by clicking here now.

Alternatively, you can submit a question via Twitter #HPWQ and watch the live stream - we'll stick the link up here.

Expo help for Cairns' hidden homeless
Michael Serenc, The Cairns Post

People doing it tough in Cairns are urged to attend an expo aimed at combating the growing problem of "hidden homelessness".

PM urged to act on homelessness
Sally Sara, PM, ABC

The Prime Minister's being urged to renew his pledge to halve homelessness by 2020.

More than 100,000 Australians are homeless because of a shortage of affordable accommodation.

Coalition to link housing funds to goals

A coalition government would allocate housing funding to states based on performance.

Opposition housing spokeswoman Marise Payne said the existing National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) was deeply flawed and lacked accountability.

Many in foster care 'unequipped' to leave at 18
Daniella Miletic, The Age

Teenagers should be able to stay with their foster families until they are 21, instead of being "aged out" when they are too young, vulnerable and unprepared, the state's largest foster care agency has said.

Anglicare Victoria is also calling for children in state care to be able to stay in the system beyond the age of 18.

Foster children bullied, lag behind at school: Queensland report
Marissa Calligeros, Brisbane Times

Children in foster care are more likely to be bullied at school, lag behind in the classroom, and be suspended or expelled, a survey by Queensland's Child Guardian shows.

Queensland’s children and young people in foster care voice their opinions on school
Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Children and young people in foster care in Queensland have spoken out about their experiences at school in what is the world’s largest ongoing study of its kind.

Findings on children and young people’s attitudes towards, and perceptions of, their education from the most recent Views of Children and Young People in Foster Care Survey conducted by the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian have been released.

Providing Help for Sexual or Domestic Violence Victims
Pro Bono News

A national sexual assault and domestic violence counselling service has created a website to ensure all workplaces are aware of colleagues or employees who might be victims.

The 1800Respect website aims to help people recognise signs of sexual or domestic violence and offers information on how to respond appropriately.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces $450m funding for out-of-school care
Emma Griffiths, ABC

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has targeted families in his first formal policy announcement of the federal election campaign, announcing a multi-million dollar boost for out-of-school hours care.

Childcare is no child's play
Stephanie Peatling, The Age

Inner-city areas that were once the domain of the childless have seen mini population booms that have resulted in childcare centres with waiting lists hundreds of names long and parents who want to return to work having to hire nannies or rely on family.

In the first quarter of this year alone an extra 20,000 children poured into a system that is struggling to keep pace not only with the numbers but the additional requirements the government has put in place to improve staff qualifications and shift the emphasis from childcare to early childhood education.

Still hoping for a change
Sebastian Rosenberg, The Canberra Times

Obsessive Hope Disorder is a newly discovered malady afflicting those with undeserved optimism in relation to mental health reform in Australia. It is also the playful title of a new report, released today, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of David Richmond's inquiry into Health Services for the Psychiatrically Ill and Developmentally Disabled, which provided a blueprint for mental health reform in 1983.

Creating a life without stigma
Illawarra Mercury

SANE Australia has released a major new report, investigating the harm done by stigma attached to mental illnesses. The report looks at programs from around the world to see what works best to tackle it, and lays out recommendations for what needs to be done in Australia, especially to reduce stigma against people affected by schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses.

Toughest sentence
Lissa Christopher, Sydney Morning Herald

Former prison inmates are at significantly greater risk of death compared with the general population, but the difference is even more marked among young ex-prisoners, particularly women. A study of 42,015 people released from Queensland prisons estimates young female ex-prisoners are 20 times more likely to die than young women in the general population.

Taxpayers fund their own asylum seeker parody posters
Claire Porter, news.com.au

In response to the Federal Government's multi-million dollar anti-asylum seeker ad campaign a group of twenty-somethings have created a parody of the ad, "designed to tell a different story and point out the hypocrisy and mean spirited asylum seeker policy", according to one of the group's members, freelance digital strategist, Jessica Miller.

Economy grinding down as campaign ratchets up
Stephen Long, PM, ABC

As the election campaign began the economy, in the words of one economist, continued to "grind lower". The mining boom is over but so far the hoped for recovery in the non-mining sectors is not there.

Sector Responds to Economic Statement
Pro Bono News

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and UnitingCare Australia have called on the Federal Government to make more investments in services that will improve social disadvantage, following the release of Friday’s Economic Statement.

The pope’s ‘culture of solidarity’
James Carroll, The Boston Globe

Pope Francis seems to have called off the Vatican’s culture war with the modern world, a hyper-defensiveness that dates back to the American and French revolutions. With the brief exception of John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963, popes have for centuries been tribunes of negativity, rejecting what one called “the syllabus of errors” that accompanied the arrival of liberal democracy, the emancipation of women, secularism — the whole panoply of values that followed the Enlightenment.

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