Category: Humanitarian

Humanitarian

Alarming growth in female prisoners

More women in Australia are going to prison than ever before. Over the past 10 years, there’s been a 75% increase in incarceration rates. Are women suddenly committing more serious crimes or have laws and policing practices changed so that minor crimes are more heavily penalised?

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Pandemic accelerates inequality

Low case numbers and a vaccine underway mean Australia is taking a collective (but tentative) sigh of relief. Whatever “normal” used to look like, we want it back in 2021. But what about the knock-on effects of this truly diabolical year? Well, some are good, some not so much…

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Dangers of being a paramedic

Did you know that a paramedic is assaulted in Victoria every 50 hours? Paramedicine is one of the most dangerous jobs in Australia. Paramedics witness trauma regularly but it is violence committed against them that makes it so dangerous. The profession needs to change, and rapidly. Here’s why.

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Billion-dollar home project

It’s the type of social housing investment the Vocal Minority has been calling for. Victoria’s Big Housing Build project will kick-start the economy post-COVID and go a long way to ending the housing crisis. Now it’s time for the rest of Australia to follow.

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Lockdown takes toll on New Zealanders

Mental wellbeing of New Zealanders plummeted during the early stages of the pandemic. Lockdown successfully eliminated COVID from the community but it came at a significant psychological cost. Nearly one in three Kiwis reported experiencing moderate to severe psychological distress.

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Fixing the aged care crisis

Australia has the knowledge, skills and capability to deliver a world class aged-care system. Instead, a royal commission uncovered systemic abuse, neglect and substandard care. Fixing residential aged care is a priority. But how can we do this?

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Food banks’ struggle to meet demand

A new report has found that 65 per cent of young Australians are experiencing food insecurity and go without food at least once a week. Each year, Foodbank releases a report into food insecurity in Australia, and as you can probably imagine 2020 paints a dire picture.

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Charities’ challenge to keep data secure

In light of the ransomware attack on cloud software provider Blackbaud – which has many not-for-profits as its clients – legitimate questions are asked about data protection and privacy, and how well protected the social good community is.

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Pandemic affects women most

COVID-19 has left more women than men disadvantaged. A picture is emerging that shows unemployment, lowered incomes and underemployment, less secure work, greater household and family demands, and the crisis that is domestic violence.

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Affordable housing boost to economy

The government is urged to invest in social housing projects to get the economy back on the rails. During the GFC it kept tradies in jobs and offered many a secure roof over their heads. Now, new data shows that construction could start almost immediately on thousands of homes.

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New Zealand failing wellbeing of its children

As regular visitors to New Zealand and with a deep and abiding love for our Pacific neighbours, a recent UNICEF report came as a shock. The report on child wellbeing had New Zealand a long way down the list (35 out of a total of 41) among the world’s wealthiest countries. What is happening?

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Who will you give your dollar to?

The Royal Australian Mint is releasing a “donation dollar” coin designed to be given to charitable cause. It is the first Australian $1 coin to feature a colour other than gold and will be the first coin purposed for “giving” rather than “spending”.

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