Poverty

More Than One-Third of Australians Experiencing Food Insecurity

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More than one-third of Australians are experiencing some form of food insecurity, a number significantly higher than previously reported, new research shows. Luke Michael ProBono An Edith Cowan University (ECU) nationwide survey of 2,334 Australians found that 36 per cent of people have experienced low or very low food security at some time. These findings are in stark contrast to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, which suggests only four per cent of Australians experience food insecurity. Lead researcher Lucy… ... Read More »

Why Maasai women and their children go hungry

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Food and nutrition security exists when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. In many communities in sub-Saharan Africa, food insecurity levels remain high. Elizabeth Kimani-Murage Conversation The latest food security and nutrition report shows that sub-Saharan Africa still has the highest prevalence of undernourishment, affecting at least 22.7% of the population. The situation is especially urgent in Eastern Africa where one-third of the population is estimated to ... Read More »

I found slaves in our supply chain

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Business support for new regulations? Unheard of. But that’s exactly what business leaders just did. Andrew Forrest * The Sydney Morning Herald We unanimously supported the introduction of the Modern Slavery Bill to the Parliament last week. All of us in business face the risk of modern slavery in our supply chains – I found it in my own – and it is now widely accepted that inaction, and hiding our head in the sand, are no longer options. Modern ... Read More »

Scotsman columnist Darren McGarvey wins Orwell Prize for political writing

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Scottish rapper and writer Darren McGarvey has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious prize for political writing at a ceremony in London. James Delaney The Scotsman McGarvey, also known as Loki, was honoured with the Orwell prize for Books for his “searing examination” of working-class life in ‘Poverty Safari’. The prize is awarded by The Orwell Foundation each year to the book which comes closest to the English writer George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art.’ The ... Read More »

Community Sector Protests Cuts to Asylum Seeker Support Payments

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Community sector leaders have gathered in Canberra to protest cuts to asylum seeker support payments, as a new report reveals that government policy is driving people seeking asylum into destitution. Luke Michael ProBono Leaders from 10 national NGOs, along with a delegation of asylum seekers and community members, gathered at Parliament House on Monday to urge the federal government to stop cuts to the Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS). This service provides asylum seekers with a basic safety net of ... Read More »

Jordan walks a tightrope between rival powers

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The country is currently under an intense IMF programme, which has cut public expenditures and raised tax revenue. Jonathan Gorvett Asia Times After days of peaceful street protests and the resignation of the former government, Jordan’s King Abdullah swore in a new administration, Friday morning. The first act of the new prime minister, Omar Munif Al-Razzaz, was to withdraw the unpopular tax bill that had triggered the recent demonstrations, while commiting himself to ensuring “taxpayers’ money goes to serve… Yet, ... Read More »

We won’t use new regulations to outlaw rough sleepers: city council

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UPDATED: The Adelaide City Council says it will not outlaw rough sleepers in the CBD after Anglicare raised concerns that changes to its by-laws that could be used to move homeless people on. Bension Siebert InDaily The council on Tuesday night endorsed a change to three of its by-laws, which would make it illegal to “obstruct any cubicle, walkway or public area”. The phrase would be added to council regulations concerning local government land, Rundle Mall and roads. Documents presented ... Read More »

‘Homelessness doesn’t recognise the border’: ACT’s vulnerable in NSW

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Homelessness doesn’t recognise a state or territory border, says manager at St Benedict’s in Queanbeyan Elaine Lollback. Elliot Williams The Canberra Times However, according to Ms Lollback, the ACT-NSW border is having a significant negative impact on the region’s homeless. St Benedict’s, in Queanbeyan’s Crawford Street, provides meals and support to homeless people, or anyone in need, whether they are an ACT or NSW resident. “We’re one of the few organisations that doesn’t recognise the border, because homelessness doesn’t recognise ... Read More »

5 Latino authors you should be reading now

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You likely recognize that the depiction of Latin American immigrants in politics today – as a menacing mass of recalcitrant Spanish-speaking invaders – is overwhelmingly negative. Laura Lomas The Conversation What you may not know is that stereotypes suggesting that Latin Americans represent a threat to United States culture are not just morally repugnant – they’re also historically inaccurate. Spanish-language literature actually predates the Puritans’ writing in English by nearly a century. As my research reveals, many renowned Latin American ... Read More »

High-flying lawyer for the ‘little guy’ says Australia needs to shake its ‘fearful’ outlook

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RACIAL taunts and injustices propelled a Sydney lawyer to become the champion of the “little guy”. Here’s the big problem Australia needs to fix. Ben Graham news.com.au JAHAN Kalantar is at the frontline of fighting injustice in Australia and some of what he sees on a day-to-day basis is disturbing. The high-flying Sydney lawyer from a firm which prides itself on standing up for the “little guy”, such as the desperately poor and people with mental illnesses, believes we have ... Read More »

Homeless vets with families: An untold part of veterans’ struggles

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In 2010, the Obama administration announced the ambitious goal of ending homelessness among veterans. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi The Conversation Over the last year, the number of veterans who are homeless dropped 30 percent in Los Angeles County. Nationwide, veteran homelessness fell by almost 50 percent since 2009. Yet statistics are only part of the story. What is missing from federal and state statistics, the media and the minds of many Americans, is the story of homeless veteran families. Through my work ... Read More »

How the wealth from Sierra Leone’s diamonds fails to enrich local communities

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Ever since diamonds were discovered in Sierra Leone in the 1930s, they have had a significant impact on the country – socially, politically and economically. Roy Maconachie The Conversation This is partly to do with how they are extracted from the ground. In countries in southern Africa, diamond mining is mostly undertaken by large-scale, mechanised companies, which monitor and control deep reserves. But in Sierra Leone, diamonds are more commonly dispersed close to the surface of river beds. They can ... Read More »

Maoist rebels detonate bomb in east India; 6 police killed

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At least six police officials were killed and another was critically injured on May 20 when Maoist rebels targeted their vehicle with a bomb in eastern India, police said. PATNA Hurriyet The rebels detonated a land mine as the police vehicle ran over it in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state, said D.M. Awasthi, the chief of counterinsurgency operations in the state. The explosion extensively damaged the vehicle. Awasthi said the police were escorting a truck carrying material to a road construction site in a forested area when the rebels triggered ... Read More »

Varoufakis offers timely economic tidbits

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In his odd little book about capitalism and the global economy, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis attempts to explain the origins and evolution of market economies, including the seemingly inescapable tendencies of these systems to generate inequality among and within nations. Reviewed by: Scott MacKay Winnipeg Free Press Some readers will recall Varoufakis’ brief and tumultuous showdown with the global financial community during the Greek economic crisis of 2015 and his resulting bestselling memoir about these negotiations, Adults in ... Read More »

‘Measuring success differently’: New Zealand budget’s shift in economic thinking

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The Ardern government in New Zealand is articulating a bigger role for government in society, talking up wellbeing over traditional economic measures — while still playing on the standard “fiscal… David Donaldson TheMandarin New Zealand’s Labour-led coalition government has handed down its first budget, highlighting health, education and housing as areas of focus. “Our priorities are different from the previous government. We are determined to turn the page on the ideology of individualism and a hands-off approach to our economy ... Read More »

New Zealand ‘people’s’ budget sees Ardern put billions more into health and education

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Prime minister says she wants her child to look back and judge efforts favourably rather than want to change their name Eleanor Ainge Roy The Guardian The first Labour government in close to a decade has pledged to make New Zealand a kind and equitable nation where children thrive, and success is measured not only by the nation’s GDP but by better lives lived by its people. Finance minister Grant Robertson said the Labour coalition government didn’t want to “manage” issues such ... Read More »