Centrelink in the News – Week Beginning 16 Jan 2017

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week  Monday 16th January (incorporating weekend coverage) ABC News – How Centrelink debt letters are harming Australians’ mental health ABC News – Leaked Centrelink memo shows staff told not to process debt disputes in person The Age – Centrelink’s debt: 230,000 have now been hit … [Read More] Centrelink in the News – Week Beginning 16 Jan 2017

NDIS in the News – Week Beginning 16 January 2017

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week Monday 16th January 2017 The Age – Breaking down barriers to help people with disabilities make connections The Australian – Libs ‘will deal with anyone’ on NDIS scheme The Australian – $3.7bn hole in NDIS funding after transfer of education money fails Daily … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week Beginning 16 January 2017

Moving the Homeless on Does Not Make Them Disappear – Victorian Council of Social Service

Extract from an article by Emma King This is an open letter released by the Council to Homeless Persons on behalf of Victoria’s leading homelessness, housing and social service organisations. Until we join the dots between housing and homelessness, we will never solve the crisis. Recent coverage of the ‘shame’ of Melbourne’s homelessness focusses attention … [Read More] Moving the Homeless on Does Not Make Them Disappear – Victorian Council of Social Service

Kartiya are like Toyotas – Griffith Review

Extract from an article by Kim Mahood ‘Kartiya are like Toyotas. When they break down we get another one.’ – remark by a Western Desert woman about whitefellas who work in Indigenous communities UNLIKE THE BROKEN Toyotas, which are abandoned where they fall, cannibalised, overturned, gutted and torched, the broken kartiya go away – albeit often feeling they … [Read More] Kartiya are like Toyotas – Griffith Review

EVENT: Home Care Forum 2017 – An ECCV ageing and aged care event – Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria

Melbourne, Tuesday 24 January 2017 The forum is geared at service providers and community organisations. This will include a presentation on changes to home care and a Q & A, featuring the Australian Government Department of Health. There will also be an expert panel discussion and Q & A on ways to strengthen the delivery … [Read More] EVENT: Home Care Forum 2017 – An ECCV ageing and aged care event – Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria

The NDIS Must Not Be a Trade-Off – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Wendy Williams The National Disability Insurance Scheme must not be funded from trade-offs the disability sector has argued, as tension mounts over federal government plans to transfer a $3.7 billion education fund into the initiative. The government announced in the December mid-year economic review that $3.7 billion from the Education Investment … [Read More] The NDIS Must Not Be a Trade-Off – Pro Bono Australia

‘Neither here nor there’: Refugee young people and homelessness in Australia – Children and Youth Services Review

INTRODUCTION – Extract In Australia, one in four young people are from a refugee or migrant background (MYAN, 2016, p. 4). Young people from refugee backgrounds are some of the most vulnerable people in our community (MYAN, 2016) and they might reasonably be expected to have different complex needs compared with other young people. Resettlement … [Read More] ‘Neither here nor there’: Refugee young people and homelessness in Australia – Children and Youth Services Review

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Calla Wahlquist Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased out. Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired power stations should be … [Read More] Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected – The Guardian

Education denied: people seeking asylum and refugees trapped in limbo – RCOA

In this article, published in the New Community Journal (Vol. 14, No. 3, Iss. 55), Asher Hirsch and Dr Chris Maylea outline the current Government policy which denies further education pathways for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas. It features interviews with six people seeking asylum, highlighting the emotional, psychological and economic impacts … [Read More] Education denied: people seeking asylum and refugees trapped in limbo – RCOA

Rental housing policies trap children in poverty, so how low will we go? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Wendy Stone and Margaret Reynolds This year Australians have been shocked by evidence about the risks to children in some out-of-home care settings. We also learned that women and children comprise a large proportion of Australia’s homeless population. What we know far less about is how some of Australia’s most vulnerable children … [Read More] Rental housing policies trap children in poverty, so how low will we go? The Conversation

Fuel efficiency standards could help curb Australia’s persistently growing emissions – The Conversation

Extract from an article by John Quiggin This week, the Australian government announced plans that will ultimately require cars sold in Australia to match international fuel efficiency standards. The resulting savings over the life of a typical vehicle would more than offset higher initial costs. The saving on fuel costs is estimated at up to A$28 … [Read More] Fuel efficiency standards could help curb Australia’s persistently growing emissions – The Conversation

Gender and climate change – Climate Change

ABSTRACT This study reviews the literature on gender relations and climate change. Gender analysis contributes to our understanding of: (1) vulnerability and climate change impacts; (2) adaptations in different contexts; (3) responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions; (4) inequalities in climate governance; and (5) knowledges and social action on climate change. Overall, the literature has established … [Read More] Gender and climate change – Climate Change

Inequality and inequity – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT Kelley and Evans (2017) found that income inequality (measured at the societal level) did not affect individual well-being in advanced societies but increased individual well-being in developing societies. This paper discusses how this empirical patterning of the inequality-well-being relationship may arise from mechanisms related to the relationship of inequality with economic development (at the … [Read More] Inequality and inequity – Social Science Research

The new income inequality and well-being paradigm: Inequality has no effect on happiness in rich nations and normal times, varied effects in extraordinary circumstances, increases happiness in poor nations, and interacts with individuals’ perceptions, attitudes, politics, and expectations for the future – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT Based on earlier, mainly aggregate analyses, conventional wisdom previously held that income inequality reduces happiness. But aggregate models consistently yield misleading results in this domain, substantially because of intractable problems of sample size, confounding omitted variables, and conditional effects differing between poor developing nations, rich advanced nations, and nations in transition from Communism. Based … [Read More] The new income inequality and well-being paradigm: Inequality has no effect on happiness in rich nations and normal times, varied effects in extraordinary circumstances, increases happiness in poor nations, and interacts with individuals’ perceptions, attitudes, politics, and expectations for the future – Social Science Research

The association between indigenous Australians’ labour force participation rates and access to transport – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT This paper examines the factors associated with the labour force participation rates of Indigenous Australians. Emphasis is placed on the role that vehicle ownership, holding a valid driver’s licence and having access to public transport has on Indigenous Australians’ labour force participation decisions. Access to transportation has been widely regarded as a key barrier … [Read More] The association between indigenous Australians’ labour force participation rates and access to transport – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Job insecurity within the household: Are Australian householders caring when it comes to risk sharing? Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT We investigate perceived job security risk and the distribution of non-labour income between spouses in a household context. In the process, the restrictions implied by Beckerian-caring preferences in the Chiappori (2002) Collective model are considered, and estimates of the sharing rule are derived. The findings support the idea of household formation as a tool … [Read More] Job insecurity within the household: Are Australian householders caring when it comes to risk sharing? Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Wages, government payments and other income of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

ABSTRACT This paper compares the level and source of income for Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians using data from the 2011 wave of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA). Three sources of income are considered: wages and salaries; government benefits; and income from businesses, investments and other private transfers. Consistent with many … [Read More] Wages, government payments and other income of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians – Australian Journal of Labour Economics

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