CENTRELINK: In the News

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the current week  12 January 2017 Centrelink cuts hurting the neediest — Hobart Mercury — It appears it will be some time before anyone from Centrelink or the Turnbull Government admits it, but Centrelink’s effort to recover “debt” from tens of thousands of welfare recipients … [Read More] CENTRELINK: In the News

Arena Magazine

Contents: Issue #145 December 2016 – January 2017  Arena is well known in Melbourne & Australia more broadly as a publication which has made an impact on political & cultural interpretation & practice over a period of more than fifty years. EDITORIAL TRUMP’S TRAJECTORY? John Hinkson 2 LEAD GRAPHIC David Blumenstein 5 COMMENTARY OPPOSING ADANIAttacks on the green movement … [Read More] Arena Magazine

Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016 – Australian Human Rights Commission

This is the seventh and final report during the term of previous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Mick Gooda. Mr Gooda was appointed Royal Commissioner to the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory in August this year. During his term as Aboriginal and … [Read More] Social Justice and Native Title Report 2016 – Australian Human Rights Commission

Why we need to educate journalists about Aboriginal women’s experience of family violence – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Lilly Brown If violence against women is a national priority, and Aboriginal women are disproportionately affected, then the experiences of Aboriginal women need to be valued, made visible and reported on appropriately. According to the Council of Australian Governments, gendered family violence is one of: … the most pervasive forms of … [Read More] Why we need to educate journalists about Aboriginal women’s experience of family violence – The Conversation

Why the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report is still largely a story of failure – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Eva Cox The fairly negative seventh report on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, released last week, claimed to: … measure the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. However, this biennial effort continues to record mainly no changes or some increased deficits in wellbeing. The language has changed, in response to … [Read More] Why the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report is still largely a story of failure – The Conversation

Delivering Public Services: Locality, Learning and Reciprocity in Place Based Practice – Australian Journal of Public Administration

ABSTRACT Policymakers across myriad jurisdictions are grappling with the challenge of complex policy problems. Multi-faceted, complex, and seemingly intractable, ‘wicked’ problems have exhausted the repertoire of the standard policy approaches. In response, governments are increasingly looking for new options, and one approach that has gained significant scholarly interest, along with increasing attention from practitioners, is … [Read More] Delivering Public Services: Locality, Learning and Reciprocity in Place Based Practice – Australian Journal of Public Administration

Stan Grant speaks up for Indigenous middle class: ‘Identity should not be means tested’ – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Calla Wahlquist ‘You are not more Aboriginal if you are struggling,’ journalist says in speech at Melbourne University Stan Grant says he has been called a “coconut” by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who feel he does not fit their perception of what an Indigenous person should be, adding that: … [Read More] Stan Grant speaks up for Indigenous middle class: ‘Identity should not be means tested’ – The Guardian

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2016 – Productivity Commission

SUMMARY The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This comprehensive report card measures where things have improved (or not) against 52 indicators across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities, and includes case studies on … [Read More] Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2016 – Productivity Commission

The Australia We Want – The Community Council for Australia

Overview from the Rev Tim Costello, Chair CCA Imagine an Australia where incarceration rates are falling, where the suicide rate is less than the road toll, where levels of violence against women and children have been significantly reduced? Imagine an Australia where your postcode or cultural identity does not define your chance of getting an education or a job or living … [Read More] The Australia We Want – The Community Council for Australia

Australia is no longer the home of the ‘fair go’, says report – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Calla Wahlquist Country is less fair, less safe and has more people in prison than comparable nations, says Community Council of Australia A report by the Community Council of Australia has shattered perceptions that Australia is a country of the “fair go”, finding it is less fair, less safe, and with … [Read More] Australia is no longer the home of the ‘fair go’, says report – The Guardian

Between Two Worlds: Indigenous Leaders Exercising Influence and Working across Boundaries – Australian Journal of Public Administration

ABSTRACT Although there has been considerable commentary and debate relating to Indigenous political leadership, less attention has been given to the emergence of Indigenous leaders working to improve Indigenous prospects from within the worlds of community development, management, and administration. Based on in-depth interviews with a cohort of emerging Indigenous leaders in these situations, we … [Read More] Between Two Worlds: Indigenous Leaders Exercising Influence and Working across Boundaries – Australian Journal of Public Administration

Australia’s coal politics are undermining democratic and Indigenous rights – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Kristen Lyons, Associate Professor Environment and Development Sociology, The University of Queensland Can Australia achieve fair and open decision-making when big coal players are involved? The case of Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine suggests the answer is no, and Indigenous land owners are bearing the brunt. The Queensland government’s recent … [Read More] Australia’s coal politics are undermining democratic and Indigenous rights – The Conversation

Media release: Brotherhood Joins Drive to get More Victorians Working – Victorian Department of Industry and Employment

MEDIA RELEASE from the Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan, Minister for Industry and Employment & Minister for Resources Thursday, 20 October, 2016 The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) will join the drive to help more than 4,000 disadvantaged Victorians find long term jobs under the Andrews Labor Government’s new $53 million Jobs Victoria … [Read More] Media release: Brotherhood Joins Drive to get More Victorians Working – Victorian Department of Industry and Employment

A guide to Australian Government payments – Centrelink

A publication that provides payment rate information for Centrelink payments: 20 September 2016-31 December 2016 Centrelink Delivers payments and services and provides services at times of major change for: seniors job seekers students and trainees families carers parents people with disability Indigenous Australians, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds SOURCE: Australia. Department of Human Services. … [Read More] A guide to Australian Government payments – Centrelink

Poverty and Disadvantage in Australia – A selection of articles

Poverty and Disadvantage in Australia – A selection of articles from a variety of sources*

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