Category: Humanitarian

Humanitarian

Broke but paying with their mental health

The number of young people seeking help from mental health services has soared since the beginning of the pandemic. Organisations are putting more staff on to keep up with the demand. Governments have announced extra funding for mental health and experts warn of long-term effects. What’s going on?

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Struggling in Australia without help

Would you really want to be an international student in Australia? Government officials and business analysts most certainly seem to think so as they enthusiastically encourage a new cohort to fly in. Ask a student however, and you’re more likely to hear a definitive NO.

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Job cuts signs of wider malaise

As charities struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic, signs are appearing their trouble is exasperated by years of foreign aid slashing. The government is increasingly keen to protect its own national interests and its hurting the world’s most vulnerable.

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The end of homelessness?

Among the train wreck of this ongoing pandemic, some positive news just emerged. Public support for ending homelessness is larger than ever and concrete action is taken to end rough sleeping – forever. We take a look at what initiatives and support is driving the change,

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Wait. What day is it?

Learning to live through a pandemic was never going to be easy. With millions experiencing poor mental health, many have also reported feeling forgetful. What is happening to our memory and where is this Groundhog Day feeling coming from?

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Raise the age

Every year, in Australia, kids as young as 10 are arrested, held in police cells, hauled before the courts and locked up behind bars. The vast majority are indigenous children. Next week, lawmakers will review a proposal by advocacy groups to raise the legal age to 14. Here’s how you can help…

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Dire outlook for global coffee supply

Coronavirus is disrupting the global coffee supply. While farmers in rural South America manage to continue operations, political upheaval (think Brazil) and the closing down of cafes in Australia is causing many to worry for their future. When we next appear out of lockdown, our morning routine may be completely changed.

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Living on $40 per day

Ever tried living on $40 per day? Yes, that includes your bills, housing and food. Most of us would run out before breakfast, let alone make it through the day. Next week, the government will announce its plans for JobSeeker. Here’s why it mustn’t be reverted to Newstart levels.

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Who is left behind in Australia?

The gap between rich and poor is very wide in Sydney, but there’s more than disadvantage than a lack of money. Much of Queensland struggles with educational disadvantage while regional NSW and Victoria are both more disadvantaged when it comes to health. Where are the most disadvantaged parts of Australia?

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Reliance on food banks surging

Charities are reporting a record 1.4 million Australians are relying on food banks to get through the pandemic. If these numbers aren’t yet sobering enough, there are further fears that charities will be overwhelmed come September when JobKeeper is due to finish.

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Why ABC cuts are bad news

At the height of the coronavirus emergency and on the back of devastating bushfires, Australia’s much awarded and trusted national broadcaster has again been forced to make major cuts to staff, services and programs. Here’s why that is really bad news.

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E is for equity?

After long weeks of remote schooling, students across Australia are finally back at school. While parents are celebrating, teachers are scrambling to assess who surged ahead during the shutdown, and who stagnated.

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