Category: Humanitarian

Humanitarian

Proposal to raise age falls short

VMers, we have spoken out about raising the legal incarceration age many times. And this week Australia’s Attorneys-General agreed to develop a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12. But is it enough? We think not.

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Long run to equality

With the Tokyo Olympics set to go ahead, the focus has once again shifted to its athletes, specifically to its female cohort. Why? This year’s Olympics will feature the most female athletes ever while the body has symbolically appointed 12 women to its executive board. Hype or monumental shift? We let you decide.

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Getting through lockdown

And just like that, half the Australian population is stuck at home again. Having lockdown fatigue (thinking of you, Melbourne) and wondering how to get through this latest episode of Groundhog Day? Here are some ways to help you stay on the right side of sanity.

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Mother of a battle: inside the childcare debate

Recent suggestions by members of the Coalition that “women are outsourcing parenting” by sending their kids to childcare is archaic and unhelpful. Parents are critical but young children need relationships with others to develop social and cognitive skills. Quality childcare also removes barriers for women to re-enter the workforce.

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Australia’s Nomadland

As the rental crisis deepens, news is surfacing of our own version of Nomadland. Homeless people are forced into remote campsites and mixing in with the grey nomad crowd who are facing – once again – COVID border closures. The call of the Australian outback is real for many but does reality match up?

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Detention up, compassion at all-time low

The budget just allocated billions more to immigration detention. A few days ago, new legislation was passed that could see refugees detained indefinitely. All that comes among reports that some refugees have been waiting many years for their claims to be asylum cases to be decided. What will happen to them now?

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Foreign aid spend at historical low

Australia’s foreign aid as a share of national income has hit an all-time low. Right now, we are investing the least ever in overseas aid. With the ongoing pandemic wrecking the lives of millions in India alone, shouldn’t we be increasing our spend to help vulnerable countries deal with COVID?

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Left behind before school even started

Most children can name 10 letters by the time they’re five. Now, a new study shows that a proportion of Australian kids don’t have the skills they need to learn to read, setting them behind before they even enter primary school. Why is this and what can be done

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Why Aboriginal people are still dying in custody

Three decades on from the royal commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the situation has worsened. Since the report’s findings were originally handed down in 1991, a further 474 Indigenous Australians have been killed in custody – five of those occurring last month. Here, we look at the full picture…

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Closing pay gap to take 26 years

We know that women retire with 45% less super than men on average. Now, findings of a seven-year study shows the pay gap in Australia is unlikely to close for another 26 years due to current workplace attitudes. Here’s how we can get there quicker.

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Flood crisis: How you can help

New South Wales and Queensland are coming to terms with an extreme flooding event. After a week of torrential rain, homes all up and down the coast are damaged, and thousands of people are struggling to clean up their properties and replace what was lost. Here’s how you can help.

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COVID forcing girls out of schools

UNESCO estimates 1.2 million girls in south-east Asia and the Pacific could drop out of school due to the effects of COVID. It suggests the pandemic will exacerbate existing gender inequalities and have long-term implications for girls and their communities

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