Daily News - Tuesday 8 October 2013

Posted 8 October 2013 8:25am

Shorten calls for national rehabilitation strategy
Louise Yaxley, The World Today, ABC

Labor leadership candidate Bill Shorten has added a new element to his campaign, with a promise to develop a national rehabilitation scheme to move people from the disability support pension into the workforce.

Disadvantage and Intellectual Disability - why do we continue to ignore it?
Daniel Leighton, Ramp Up, ABC

For people with intellectual disability there is still a long way to go to be truly included in our community. People with intellectual disabilities have specific human rights goals. More than physical access, these Australians seek work opportunities, independent living (as opposed to institutionalisation) self-advocacy, and inclusive communities where they can contribute as equal partners, in order to directly address and reduce their persistent disadvantage.

UN: Aust failing to meet its obligations to people with disabilities
Mandie Sami, PM, ABC

The United Nations has found Australia is failing to meet its obligations to people with disabilities.

It's the first time the UN has assessed whether Australia is meeting its international requirements under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to which Australia is a signatory.

Mental health can't miss out
Frank Quinlan, The Australian

This week is National Mental Health Week, straddling World Mental Health Day on Thursday - a sensible time to look at the NDIS and psychosocial disability and the challenges to make it work for those most affected. The NDIS represents a philosophical change in the way services are delivered, placing resources into the hands of individuals living with disabilities and allowing them to choose the services that work for them.

Skating on thin ice – Difficulties faced by people living with mental illness accessing and maintaining Social Housing
Sam Sowerwine and Louis Schetzer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Given the likelihood that people living with mental illness are reliant on disability support pensions or other forms of Centrelink payments, or are on low incomes, social housing is the most likely option for stable, safe accommodation. For people with mental illness, legal issues associated with obtaining and sustaining tenancies with social and community housing providers is one of the more commonly identified areas of legal need.

Exposing the links between gambling and suicide
World News Australia Radio

Gambling researchers say heavy financial losses are likely to be one of the most important causes of suicides among problem gamblers.

Problem gamblers often have substance-abuse problems and other mental-health issues, but debt has been identified as the factor most likely to push them over the edge.

Never mind the parents' payday, children simply need better care
Judith Sloan, The Australian

Paid parental leave is a second-order issue for most parents. The real challenge is accessing affordable, convenient, flexible and quality childcare, including when children get to school. This is where the government should be directing its efforts.

Police return people to detention
Paul Maley, The Australian

Asylum-seekers charged, but not yet convicted, of criminal offences have had their bridging visas revoked and have been returned to immigration detention.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday 28 asylum-seekers had been removed from the community after being charged with an array of offences, from murder to people-smuggling.

Leyonhjelm flags tariff for asylum seekers

Liberal Democrats senator-elect David Leyonhjelm has proposed an open-door asylum-seeker policy that would charge people $50,000 for permanent residency in Australia.

Mr Leyonhjelm, who will join the Senate on July 1, will be one of eight senators from minor parties who will hold the balance of power in the upper house.

He wants to keep access to welfare and other benefits exclusive to Australian citizens and then open up the nation's front door to asylum seekers - at a cost of $50,000.

Bonuses that go to charity can boost job satisfaction, study says
Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times

Rather than award employees bonuses, either as individuals or in teams, employers who give money to their workers to spend on charities or on their colleagues get better results, the researchers reported this week in the journal PLOS One.

Greedy MPs should look to volunteers for ethical guidance
Letters, Sydney Morning Herald

As one of a small army of volunteers across Australia who receive no payment for the countless hours of our time spent helping others, it makes me so angry that politicians use the public purse to attend private functions and think that it's OK (''Expenses scandal spreads'', October 7).

Where now for the Greens?
Narelle Miragliotta and Robert Simms, Inside Story

Christine Milne’s recent efforts to chase the farming vote appeared to deliver little, if any, electoral dividend. To the extent that the energy expended may have come at the expense of focus on its more reliable supporter base, the efforts may even have been counterproductive.

The forgotten Nationals
John Warhurst, Eureka Street

Nationals are the forgotten party. After a successful federal election they are nestled in a comfortable governing relationship as the junior partner of the Liberals. They can laugh at all those critics who for so long have predicted their demise. But they are out of sight.

Pope Francis has given carers around the world cause to rejoice
Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Pope Francis’s message today was perhaps the most uncomfortable challenge for Catholics so far. Having spent three days in the Vatican’s corridors of power with his Council of Cardinals reflecting on how best to rebuild Christ’s Church, his first stop in Assisi was not the Archbishop’s residence or the obvious option of St Francis’s tomb. Top of the agenda was to visit the severely disabled children of Assisi.

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