Aged care places

130 new aged care places for Knox

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, has announced 130 new aged care places will be delivered across Knox. Announced as part of the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), the new aged care places will help meet demand for quality aged care services in the Knox community. Clovelly Cottage in Boronia…

Unshackle tyranny of low expectations

The Australian: “IT’S paradise. I’ve been to these communities lots of times … Why would you go to school when you can go turtle hunting?” Jon Faine put this question to me when we were discussing remote Aboriginal education on ABC radio in Melbourne. It’s Faine’s style to be contrar­ian and I know he doesn’t…

Welfare flaws clear in Arnhem Land insight

The Australian: LAST week history was made when Tony Abbott took the seat of government to Yolngu country in East Arnhem Land.   To spend time in an indigenous community is an enriching experience: theory becomes practice; statistics become people of flesh and blood; gallery pieces become living culture.   We saw the inspiring as…

Welfare lobby blind to reality

The Australian:  It is almost impossible to imagine the day that the Australian Council of Social Service advocates tackling welfare dependency. Last week, it said it would never support any individual at any time having to wait before they access welfare payments. Not even for a month. This is on top of its desire to…

Creating a more mobile workforce

The Herald Sun: STARTING this week, those who have struggled to find work will be eligible for up to $6000 to move location to take up a job. This means a Victorian who decides to take up work in a vineyard in the Yarra Valley or a mine in Queensland could claim $6000 for moving, and…

Welfare benefits a broad church

The Australian: THE Australian Council of ­Social Services’ critique of the Abbott government’s “earn or learn” policy may be well-­intentioned, but it is misguided. ACOSS fails to acknowledge that while the present system supports the vulnerable it also creates welfare dependence, just as destructive as income poverty, among thousands of capable people. Noel Pearson has been the…

It’s your choice: earn or learn

The Australian: ONE of the most insidious results of slower economic growth and welfarist policies is high youth unemployment. The latest figures showed youth unemployment rising to 12.7 per cent. Long-term youth unemployment is now three times higher than at the end of the Howard government. Youth disengagement is so destructive because its impacts can…