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The power and politics of the care economy and rethinking the use of vulnerable

Contributor, Thursday, 5th August 2021 -  All the latest news from the Councils of Social Service of Australia.

Big ‘bloody’ survey reveals extent of period poverty in Australia

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 4th August 2021 -  “We expected to see that shame and stigma surrounding periods still exists, but we couldn’t have predicted the sheer number of people who have struggled to afford period products”

The invisible problem of death on our streets

Nikki Stefanoff, Wednesday, 4th August 2021 -  “What we’re saying is that you can’t change what you don’t measure, and we don’t measure homeless deaths in Australia.” 

Housing all Australians

Housing equality – a better future for all Australians

Mark Steinert, Monday, 2nd August 2021 -  Mark Steinert, the recently retired managing director of Australia’s largest residential developer Stockland, shares his thoughts on the role the private sector has to play in achieving housing equality and why the key to improving affordability is

Connecting the dots between food waste and climate change

Luke Michael, Monday, 2nd August 2021 -  "In Australia, we have the national climate resilience and adaptation strategy to set out how we manage the risks of climate change, but it doesn't acknowledge food waste as a solution” 

Advocates call for change as social housing crisis reaches new heights

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 2nd August 2021 -  “Federal government cuts to the value of funding for social housing and homelessness have made it harder for people to get into safe and secure housing.” 

The NDIS National Workforce Plan – We need a broader understanding of workplace innovation

Contributor, Thursday, 29th July 2021 -  The new workforce plan emphasises the importance of innovation. But is the government’s conception of innovation ambitious enough in the workforce context, and will its recommended strategies deliver on this goal, asks Dr Caroline Alcorso.

‘I just feel anxious all the time’: Huge mental toll of COVID on young people revealed

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 28th July 2021 -  Lockdowns and restrictions have made young people feel isolated and worried about their education  

Opinion

Homelessness shouldn’t be inevitable for women and children escaping family violence

Deb Tsorbaris, Monday, 26th July 2021 -  With National Homelessness Week just around the corner, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare CEO Deb Tsorbaris calls on the Australian government to invest in social housing so women and children can escape violence and avoid homelessnes

Opinion

When it comes to violence against women, doing nothing does harm

Andrew Cairns, Monday, 26th July 2021 -  Every man has a role to play in changing the unequal power relations, cultural norms, and social structures that excuse violence against women, writes Andrew Cairns.
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