Daily News - Wednesday 13 August 2014

Posted 13 August 2014 8:27am

The Robin Williams tragedy highlights how little we understand depression
Alastair Campbell, The Guardian

Though an inquest might provide some of the answers to questions people are asking today, the truth is that none of us will ever know, even if he left a note, what was going through Robin Williams’s mind in the final moments of his enriched and enriching life.

No two people’s depressions are the same. But his death shows once more that depression is no respecter of class, race, profession, wealth or talent.


Why We Aren’t Better At Preventing Suicide
Alice Park, Time

Robin Williams’ death has served as a stark reminder that we have a long way to go in helping people at serious risk for self-harm. Part of the challenge, say experts, is that despite their stigma, suicidal thoughts are quite common, particularly among people who are depressed.


A Jobs Plan that retains people’s dignity is key to solving poverty, says Vinnies
St Vincent de Paul Society

As unemployment reaches a 12-year high, the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has today urged the government to cut poverty, and address the structural drivers of unemployment, rather than cutting social spending or micro-managing people’s lives. The Society makes these calls in response to the release of the interim report into welfare commissioned by Government, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes, submissions to which are due on August 8.

St Vincent de Paul Society - Submission to the Inquiry into A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes Report (pdf)


Welfare Reform Submissions Low
Pro Bono News

The Federal Government has received just 60 submissions to its controversial welfare reform draft report - many are from individuals outside the Not for Profit sector.

The Federal Government’s Interim review into Australia’s welfare system, headed by former Mission Australia CEO Patrick McClure was released for consultation in June.

The review, called A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes, identified four main pillars of reform: simpler and sustainable income support system; strengthening individual and family capability; engaging with employers; and building community capacity.

The Not for Profit sector was given six weeks to respond.


Welfare lobby backs payment reform
Rashida Yosufzai, AAP

The nation's peak welfare body is calling on the government to replace multiple working-age welfare payments with a single benefit.

The Australian Council of Social Service says replacing pensions and allowances with just one payment to help people pay for basic living expenses will ensure the welfare system is equitable and doesn't focus on who is less deserving.


Increase rent assistance to keep people near work, welfare review told
Bridie Jabour, The Guardian

Government rent assistance should be set according to how much the rents are in the area in which the person lives, according to the largest network of employment and related service providers in Australia. Jobs Australia has submitted the proposal to the government’s review of the welfare system.

The employment body has also dismissed a suggestion to pay younger people lower rates of income support because they can live in shared accommodation, an idea which was included in the interim report of the government’s welfare review headed up by Patrick McClure.


Lambie blasts "stupid" dole changes

Young people forced off the dole for six months will consider taking their own lives, Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie says.

The outspoken senator says she will never support the Abbott government's controversial budget move even if it was watered down to reduce the waiting time for under-30s getting Newstart payments.


The Dole Bludger's Revenge
Max Chalmers, New Matilda

A new app allowing users to spam parliamentarians with job applications has been launched, so voters can dish out a small fraction of the suffering they endure onto any politician who votes for the tough welfare measures.

The app is called ‘DoleBludger’ and is inspired by the Coalition’s plan to make job seekers complete 40 applications per month if they want to continue receiving Newstart benefits.


Migrant worker program to go ahead in NT on top of jobseeker relocation grant
Helen Davidson, The Guardian

The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to pilot a migrant worker program in the Northern Territory, despite the region being an eligible location under a new government incentive scheme which offers unemployed Australians up to $9,000 to move for work.


Jobless paying to work
Kim MacDonald, The West Australian

Desperate jobseekers are paying thousands of dollars to work for free, prompting calls for a code of conduct for unpaid work experience.

UnionsWA said jobseekers were being exploited, with work experience programs up to several months.


Big Job Ahead for NDIS - Bonyhady
Pro Bono News

There’s still an an enormous amount of work to be done in terms of pricing and transition for service providers, the National Disability Insurance Agency Chair Bruce Bonyhady has told a National Conference on the Scheme.

Bonyhady made the comments in his speech, The NDIS Vision: Delivering the Plan, at the National Conference for the NDIS held in Geelong where he said the NDIS is on budget and on track to becoming sustainable.


NDIS opening up new and competitive market
Marie Sansom, Government News

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will throw open the market for supplying services and equipment to people with disabilities and could signal an influx of private companies into the sector, says a key disability advocacy body.

NSW Disability Chair Cain Beckett told Government News that the NDIS, which has just released a progress report a year after the roll out began, would blow open the market as the government shifts from block-funding disability service and equipment providers to an individual fee-for-service arrangement.


Conference - The NDIS One Year On
Conference program, 11 and 12 August, 2014

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) introduced a radical change to the sector including a range of significant complexities as consumers and providers transition from existing arrangements.

One common agenda shared by government is the importance of learning from what has occurred in the launch sites. What has worked? What needs attention? And, what roles do all stakeholders play to deliver a universal system of supports to people with disability?


Sunshine Coast not immune to disturbing violence plague
Kathy Sundstrom, Sunshine Coast Daily

The Sunshine Coast has not been immune to the disturbing plague of domestic violence permeating throughout Queensland.

Queensland Police statistics showed in April the region was heading for a projected 17% increase in the number of domestic violence breaches recorded for the financial year.

Centacare SCOPE, the domestic and family violence support service, also noted a marked increase in referrals.

Manager Brigitte McLennan said the Sunshine Coast service had supported 644 clients in the five domestic and family violence courts in the three months from March to June.


Foreign Correspondents, their importance and their future
Malcolm Turnbull, speech

The Australian media rarely reports how different countries have approached what are usually shared and very familiar issues that are topical in our own country, even if the issue is dominating the news.


Make Getting Feedback Less Stressful
Ed Batista, Harvard Business Review

Much of my work as an executive coach and an instructor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business involves helping people improve their abilities to deliver feedback more effectively. It’s a critical skill, particularly for both leaders in flat organizations where giving orders is generally counter-productive and for anyone who needs to manage up or across by influencing their bosses or peers. And it’s a topic on which I’ve written extensively, not only in posts on my site and at HBR.org, but also in the HBR Guide to Coaching Your Employees.

But a recent exchange with my colleague and former Stanford student Anamaria Nino-Murcia made me realize that I’ve been neglecting the other half of this equation: How to receive feedback more effectively.


Replacing the ACNC - Options Paper Feedback
Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Pro Bono News

Those interested in responding to the Department of Social Services (DSS) paper outlining policy directions to introduce effective replacement arrangements for the ACNC have until August 20 to do so.

The response template available at the Department of Social Services website recommends the feedback be no longer than two pages.


US - The Leadership Model of Philanthropy
Jamie Merisotis, Stanford Social Innovation Review

As our global society grows more complex and the need for greater economic and social opportunity more pronounced, the role of philanthropy becomes ever more important—and more nuanced. The days are long past when the field of philanthropy could pin its hopes solely on grant making, and other means of providing direct service or support to those in need.

Don’t misunderstand; it’s not that charity doesn’t matter. Quite the contrary: Without it, true opportunity is unattainable. Charity has always mattered, and it still matters a great deal. But it’s not enough, and it’s not philanthropy.

At its core, charity is about meeting urgent needs. Philanthropy is about change. Philanthropy is focused not on symptoms, but root causes. It’s systemic, not episodic; it’s proactive, not reactive. It seeks to permanently alter the conditions that make assistance necessary. And to effect significant and lasting change, a philanthropic organization must be a leadership organization. It must set an agenda for change, and then work purposefully and consistently to produce results.


Sitting in the doors of the powerful
James O'Brien, Eureka Street

When the Federal Government put out a cartoon saying ‘No Way’ to asylum seekers from Afghanistan, it struck a gong that reverberated around the nation. Some church leaders gathered together to begin a movement, playing off the government’s slogan. They began calling themselves ‘Love Makes A Way’. Here were people who would seek to use nonviolent actions to call attention to the injustices in our asylum seeker system, notably the close to 1000 children in immigration detention.


Nun arrested at Hockey's Sydney office

A nun is among praying protesters who have been arrested at federal Treasurer Joe Hockey's electorate office in Sydney.

The group, part of the Christian movement called Love Makes A Way, entered Mr Hockey's North Sydney office at 10.30am on Tuesday to hold a prayer vigil and demand a commitment on children in immigration detention centres.

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