NDIS in the News – Week beginnning 20th March 2017

Brotherhood Library staff will monitor press and update this post throughout the week Wednesday 21 March 2017 9news.com.au – Calls for better rollout of the NDIS — A person with multiple sclerosis who only has head movement has been asked, during an NDIS planning meeting, if they are able to hang out their own washing. ACOSS Blog – … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week beginnning 20th March 2017

Why Denying Refugees the Right to Work is a Catastrophic Error – The Guardian (UK)

It’s not just fleeing conflict that makes victims out of refugees – it’s also denying them the means to become autonomous and productive Edited extract from Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System* by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts From the 1980s on, a dominant international approach has been taken towards the majority of the world’s refugees. … [Read More] Why Denying Refugees the Right to Work is a Catastrophic Error – The Guardian (UK)

Refugee Welcome Zones: Membership, Engagement and Growth – RCOA

Extract In 2016, The Refugee Council of Australia conducted a national consultation with all Refugee Welcome Zones in Australia. In this report, we bring you the results and recommendations, and a glimpse into how we will be implementing your feedback this coming year. The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national peak body for … [Read More] Refugee Welcome Zones: Membership, Engagement and Growth – RCOA

Multiculturalism is Unpopular with the Majority: Even though it makes for happier societies – LSE

ABSTRACT How do people feel about multicultural policies? Ethnic majorities tend to resent them, and feel less safe in societies with a number of affirmative and rights-based policies, write Pamela Irving Jackson and Peter Doerschler. As a result, governments have come under pressure to ensure policies that tackle inequality benefit everyone. Yet both ethnic majorities … [Read More] Multiculturalism is Unpopular with the Majority: Even though it makes for happier societies – LSE

Living on The Edge: Precariousness and why it matters for health – Archives of Public Health (UK)

ABSTRACT The post-war period in Europe, between the late 1940s and the 1970s, was characterised by an expansion of the role of by the state, protecting its citizens from risks of unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity. This security began to erode in the 1980s as a result of privatisation and deregulation. The withdrawal of … [Read More] Living on The Edge: Precariousness and why it matters for health – Archives of Public Health (UK)

Giving Young Students a Bigger Slice of the Pie (Chart) – NIEER

Extract from an article by Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ph.D., Sharon Ryan, Ed.D., Alexandra Figueras-Daniel, Ph.D. and Vincent J. Costanza, Ed.D. Ever ask a child what they did in school? Often the reply is “Nothing” or “I don’t remember.” Or, maybe, “Stuff.”  You just can’t rely on young students to explain what they learned, how they learned … [Read More] Giving Young Students a Bigger Slice of the Pie (Chart) – NIEER

Do Actions Speak Louder than Words? Examining children’s ability to follow instructions – Memory & Cognition

ABSTRACT The ability to encode, retain, and implement instructions within working memory is central to many behaviours, including classroom activities which underpin learning. The three experiments presented here explored how action—planned, enacted, and observed—impacted 6- to 10-year-old’s ability to follow instructions. Experiment 1 (N = 81) found enacted recall was superior to verbal recall, but … [Read More] Do Actions Speak Louder than Words? Examining children’s ability to follow instructions – Memory & Cognition

“Housing First” Takes Second Place – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Lesley Russell Australia’s shocking homelessness statistics – one in every 200 peoplehomeless at any one time, and a staggering one in eight without a home at some point in their lives – are a reminder that the homeless are not just the people we see on the streets. Around 7000 … [Read More] “Housing First” Takes Second Place – Inside Story

Talking Point: Fair Work decision hits hardest where we’re already hurting – McKell Institute

Helen Polley citing The McKell Institute’s report into the Fair Work Commissions penalty rates decision for Tasmania’s The Mercury.  Extract The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates is a huge blow to the pay packets of Tasmania’s most vulnerable and lowest-paid workers. I don’t think anybody ever expected that the Fair Work Commission … [Read More] Talking Point: Fair Work decision hits hardest where we’re already hurting – McKell Institute

Does ‘Green Energy’ Have Hidden Health and Environmental Costs? – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Edgar Hertwich, Professor of Industrial Ecology, Yale University There are a number of available low-carbon technologies to generate electricity. But are they really better than fossil fuels and nuclear power? To answer that question, one needs to compare not just the emissions of different power sources but also the health … [Read More] Does ‘Green Energy’ Have Hidden Health and Environmental Costs? – The Conversation

Interculturalism: How diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Glenda Ballantyne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology. Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates are unfolding in the context of the election of Donald Trump, … [Read More] Interculturalism: How diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance – The Conversation

Higher Child Support Doesn’t Lead to Welfare Dependency for Single Mums – The Conversation

Extract of an article by by Hayley Fisher, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Sydney. Child support reduces poverty among single mothers in Australia and does not discourage employment or reduce the number of hours worked. My analysis of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey studies how the amount of child … [Read More] Higher Child Support Doesn’t Lead to Welfare Dependency for Single Mums – The Conversation

Children Understand Far More about Other Minds than Long Believed- The Conversation

Extract from an article by Henrike Moll, Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology, University of Southern California. Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, who is credited with founding the scientific study of children’s thinking, was convinced that preschool children … [Read More] Children Understand Far More about Other Minds than Long Believed- The Conversation

Proposed Changes May Confuse Rather than Clarify the Meaning of Section 18C G – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Murray Wesson, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Western Australia. The Turnbull government has announced proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act: the law that makes it unlawful to engage in acts that are reasonably likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or … [Read More] Proposed Changes May Confuse Rather than Clarify the Meaning of Section 18C G – The Conversation

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 – ParlInfo

Extract from a Bills Digest by Don Arthur, Anna Dunkley, Michael Klapdor and Matthew Thomas Social Policy Section The Bills Digest at a glance The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 (the Bill) passed the House of Representatives on 1 March 2017. The Bill contains 18 schedules across the Social Services, Education … [Read More] Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 – ParlInfo

Early Childhood, Vocational Education and the Danger of History Repeating – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by Sarah Pilcher & Stacey Fox Market forces proved disastrous for the VET sector, but there is time to ensure similar changes to early childhood education and care sector do not cause a similar crisis. Researchers from the Mitchell Institute explore the lessons for the Commonwealth’s childcare plan. There have been some … [Read More] Early Childhood, Vocational Education and the Danger of History Repeating – The Mandarin

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