Daily News - Wednesday 30 July 2014

Posted 30 July 2014 8:18am

Unemployed will 'give something back'
Gareth Hutchens, Sydney Morning Herald

The federal government has revealed details of what will constitute ''work for the dole'' activities, saying the jobs will be designed to help job seekers ''give something back to the community''.

A spokeswoman for Assistant Employment Minister Luke Hartsuyker said work for the dole activities would take place in the non-profit sector and for community-based organisations.


Time to take on the welfare sceptics
Catherine Magree, Eureka Street

The Federal Government demonstrated its harsh attitude towards job seekers with the announcement on Monday of a new regime that will see unemployed people forced to look for 40 jobs a month and to take part in work for the dole or training for up to 25 hours a week. The Coalition's rhetoric around the issue amounted to victim-blaming, with assurances that the new rules would 'improve the prospects of job seekers' and Employment Minister Eric Abetz reviving the term 'job snobs'.


Work for the dole doesn't work: welfare groups
Primrose Riordan, The Canberra Times

ACT welfare groups say changes to work for the dole will undermine the safety net, and make young people vulnerable to dodgy employers, as the territory experiences some of the highest youth unemployment in the country.


Blaming jobless won't fix unemployment

Work-for-the-dole and job application quotas currently touted by the government may have an impact on something, or someone, but they won't make jobs appear out of thin air.

Since the mid-1970s, policies to make life more unpleasant for the unemployed have been proposed as a way to get the unemployed back to work.


Moving for work: not the panacea the government seeks
Sally Weller, The Conversation

There are both practical and theoretical reasons to be wary of relocation as labour market strategy. Practically speaking, relocation is not an option for most job seekers.


Work-for-the-dole changes could see more Territorians picking fruit: NT Treasurer Dave Tollner
James Purtill, ABC

Forcing job seekers to apply for 40 jobs a month to receive benefits will encourage Territorians to find casual fruit picking work, NT Treasurer Dave Tollner has said.

The comments came in response to concerns the Federal Government's new more onerous work-for-the-dole requirements will be unfair to job seekers in smaller regional job markets.


Job seekers could be forced to turn to crime, expert warns
Dan Harrison and Anna Patty, The Age

Young job seekers denied unemployment benefits could be forced to turn to crime or sex work to survive, employment services providers have warned.

Under changes proposed by the federal government, job seekers aged under 30 will be ineligible for payments for six months after applying for benefits. But despite not receiving any money, job seekers will be required to apply for 40 jobs a month and meet other activity requirements for unemployment benefits such as attending monthly meetings with an employment services provider. If they fail to do so, their waiting period will be extended by four weeks.


Fines for half-baked job hunts
Patricia Karvelas and Jared Owens, The Australian ($)

Unemployed people will be penalised if they indiscriminately spam employers with applications rather than make genuine efforts to find work.

Jobseekers who do not use a range of job search techniques — or approach a range of would-be employers — will face compliance, said a spokesman for ­Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker.

This may include financial penalties or payment suspensions. Under the new employment services 2015 model, which will compel jobseekers to apply for 40 jobs a month, providers will be able to initiate compliance ­actions against those whose ­efforts are clearly unsatisfactory or non-genuine.


BeyondBlue launches campaign to battle subtle racism against Indigenous Australians

A new campaign has been launched to draw attention to subtle racism experienced by Indigenous Australians and the ongoing effects it can have on their mental health.

The television campaign devised by mental health organisation BeyondBlue aims to highlight how everyday acts of discrimination, such as jokes, glances and throwaway remarks, can lead to distress, depression and anxiety among Indigenous Australians.


Indigenous Aussies suffering depression

Mental health advocate Jeff Kennett and former athlete Senator Nova Peris have unveiled a campaign to combat depression in the indigenous community, saying racism is continuing to cause mental health issues for many Aboriginal people.


'Neglect, abuse' of detained kids: report

Church leaders have accused the Abbott government of abusing and neglecting children in the immigration detention system.

A group of Catholic and Christian church leaders will release a report on Wednesday calling for the government and the United Nations to protect the welfare of unaccompanied children who seek asylum in Australia.


The importance of childcare - for all of us
Ross Gittins, The Age

Surely the most momentous social change of our times began sometime in the 1960s or '70s when parents decided their daughters were just as entitled to an education as their sons. Girls embraced this opportunity with such diligence that today they leave schools and universities better educated than boys.

Fine. But this has required much change to social and economic institutions, which we’ve found quite painful and is far from complete. It’s changed the way marriages and families operate – changed even the demands made on grandparents – greatly increased public and private spending on education, led to the rise of new classes of education and childcare, changed professions, and changed the workplace.


PC logic: let the market solve childcare market failure
Eva Cox, the Conversation

The Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning shows the serious limitations of market economics for analysing social policy. The report’s 900-plus pages offer a collection of useful data, odd limited analysis and some naive defences of the status quo model of funding and control.


Senate Hearings Into Affordable Housing
Pro Bono News

The first public hearings have begun into the Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing.

The Inquiry has received 218 submissions from peak Not for Profits bodies as well as individual welfare and homelessness services organisations, accounting and legal firms as well as individuals .


Rich but untapped data resource will let us make policy work better
Nicholas Gruen, The Conversation

The McClure Review of Welfare, much like the Commission of Audit report, is unlikely to win the Abbott government many new fans in the social services sector. However, for those involved in social policy, it is worth noting the interim report’s findings on open data. Both reports offer an insightful way to inform public discussion of social policy while improving its effectiveness.


Don't be distracted: it's all about the budget
Michael Cooney, The Drum

The Coalition Government wants people thinking about anything but the budget, which makes it Labor's job to ensure voters avoid distractions and stay focussed on living standards and jobs, writes Michael Cooney.


Hockey: the moderate man forced to be dry
Chris Berg, The Drum

It's striking how much the Abbott Government is heavily populated by moderates. Hockey and Abbott are moderates. (That Abbott is no free market ideologue is long and well attested, but best shown by his paid parental leave scheme.) George Brandis is from the moderate wing of the Queensland liberals. Christopher Pyne is a South Australian moderate.

Yes, the Government has its share of dries - Andrew Robb, for one, and Mathias Cormann.

But this team is strikingly different from the previous Coalition government. Howard and Costello had serious dry credentials.


Most Managers Think of Themselves as Coaches
Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, HBR

As a manager, do you think of yourself as a leader or as a coach? Do you, for instance, feel it’s important that your staff see you as an expert or do you prefer to create an egalitarian environment? Are you the person who solves problems or helps your staff come up with their own solutions? Are you more comfortable being directive or collaborative?


Toward a Nonprofit Theory of Leadership and Organizational Culture
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, NPQ

Nonprofit organizations are different from business and government. One would reasonably expect to manage and govern them differently. However, in the absence of a general framework for nonprofit management, third sector organizations are under persistent pressure to look like something else. On the one hand, nonprofits are advised (sometimes by “venture” philanthropists) to become more entrepreneurial and business savvy, orienting their organizations more closely to market forces. At the same time, organizations are urged to make increasing the reliability and accountability of their “outcomes” their highest priority, by controlling internal processes and structuring and orienting themselves as hierarchies.


QR codes for the homeless? Why hackers' naivety is still a force for good
Leigh Harris, The Guardian

“I’m sorry, I don’t have any change,” explains the young developer, mimicking an exchange between themselves and a "homeless person".

“Not to worry!” the "homeless person" chimes in, pulling out a QR code on a custom card. “You can donate to me via PayPal!”

It’s easy to see why this might have seemed like a great idea. In a cashless society, it might even be a necessity. But the image of affluent, well-to-do young people pulling out their phones to "scan" the homeless seems like something from a science fiction dystopia. The idea might have been fantastic, but the symbolism wasn't.


UK - How evangelical Christians are using social action to revivify church brand
Andrew Brown, The Guardian

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, told the Guardian this week that "there is a certain toxicity about the brand" of Christianity. It is a concern most keenly felt among evangelical Christians. One senior source at the Evangelical Alliance, an umbrella organisation representing about a million British Christians, says part of their job is to "detoxify the brand". These are extraordinary admissions from what is normally the most boosterish and self-confident part of the Christian church.

There are increasing signs that evangelical Christian groups are using social action to detoxify their brand, weaving their charitable work into the fabric of people's lives. As the welfare state retreats, faith groups are increasingly supplying volunteers, local knowledge, and sometimes money to the places left behind.

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