Disability and social participation: The case of formal and informal volunteering – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT People with disabilities in the United States experience lower levels of social integration than people without disabilities. However, less is known about the association between disability and volunteer participation—despite an extensive literature on other disparities in volunteerism. This study uses data from the 2009–2015 Volunteer Supplement of the Current Population Survey to evaluate how … [Read More] Disability and social participation: The case of formal and informal volunteering – Social Science Research

Statement—longer leases are welcome, but renters’ rights must not be reduced – VCOSS

Victoria’s peak social advocacy body has given qualified support to a State Government plan to make it easier for renters to broker five-year tenancy deals. The below remarks are attributable to Victorian Council of Social Service CEO Emma King: “VCOSS believes Victorians renters should be supported to stay in their homes for longer, should they … [Read More] Statement—longer leases are welcome, but renters’ rights must not be reduced – VCOSS

Australia becomes more energy efficient – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Australian households became more energy efficient in 2014-15, according to the latest edition of the annual Energy Account released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). “Despite a small increase in energy use, Australian households are becoming more efficient in their use of energy”, said Lauren Binns from the ABS’ Environment and Agriculture … [Read More] Australia becomes more energy efficient – Australian Bureau of Statistics

How will the NDIS change Australian cities? Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne

INTRODUCTION – Extract Introduction People with disability represent a fifth of the Australian population (AIHW 2015), and this proportion is expected to increase with population ageing. With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) being progressively rolled out across Australia, this is a particularly appropriate time for the Australian urban research agenda to engage with disability in more meaningful … [Read More] How will the NDIS change Australian cities? Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne

Transforming lives: Australia’s disability scheme marks a turning point – Australia & The Pacific Policy Society

Extract from an article by Melanie O’Brien and Alec McConnell Supporting people with disability isn’t just a human right, it’s a requirement under international law, and Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme is helping the nation lead the world in meeting these obligations, Melanie O’Brien and Alec McConnell write. With the resumption of Australia’s parliament, there has … [Read More] Transforming lives: Australia’s disability scheme marks a turning point – Australia & The Pacific Policy Society

The Future of Energy: As business commitments to renewable energy increase, so must the sector’s respect for human rights – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Extract from an article by Jim McClelland, Times (UK) Much has happened since 195 countries adopted the first universal, legally binding climate deal to limit global warming below 2C, as signatories to the COP21 Paris Agreement, 2015… There is resilience to this shared vision for renewables and upwards trajectory, despite Brexit and President Trump, observes … [Read More] The Future of Energy: As business commitments to renewable energy increase, so must the sector’s respect for human rights – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Making the NDIS Work for Young People in Aged Care – ProBono Australia

Young people in aged care are struggling to get onto the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Commonwealth and state governments, as well as the NDIA, need to take action, writes Luke Bo’sher from the Summer Foundation. Extract There are over 6,000 young people in aged care waiting to get onto the NDIS. These young people are … [Read More] Making the NDIS Work for Young People in Aged Care – ProBono Australia

Is Inequality Fracturing Our Society? – Social Policy Connections

Extract from an article by Gary Harkin. Inequality has grown to unimagined extremes in our world. A recent report by Oxfam dramatically protests about “Eighty billionaires controlling as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet”. Meanwhile, in Australia, the independent Fair Work Commission made a decision on 23 February to reduce Sunday … [Read More] Is Inequality Fracturing Our Society? – Social Policy Connections

What is New with Old? What old age teaches us about inequality and stratification – Sociology Compass

ABSTRACT Aging is remarkably unequal. Who survives to grow old in America and the circumstances they face once there reflect durable racial, socioeconomic, and gender inequalities that structure our lives from birth. Yet within the field of social stratification and mainstream sociology proper, examinations of the rapidly growing population of older Americans are often relegated … [Read More] What is New with Old? What old age teaches us about inequality and stratification – Sociology Compass

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