Will the Circular Economy model save us from collapse?

A new economic model promises to deliver on the triple bottom line and build economic, natural and social capital.

Our current economic model is linear – we seek out natural resources, then take, make and dispose. The result is waste, on a massive scale. This is a pattern unseen in nature, where there is no waste, only cycling (except in the sun, which will ultimately collapse).

Imagine instead that when we buy a phone or car all the components are modular and reusable – the unit is not designed to eventually be discarded. The phone is already available (though not in Australia), it’s called the Fairphone. The manufacturers source conflict-free tin, tungsten and tantalum and Fairtrade gold.

The Circular Economy model aims to make all aspects of production fair and truly sustainable – a closed loop, rather than using landfill as the final destination. Resources, both natural and human, are viewed as being valuable and worthy of nurture, rather than cheap and disposable. Modelling suggests the approach will save hundreds of billions of dollars, provide jobs, and slow the depletion of finite resources.

Critics say the social equity improvements should not be assumed, consumption and production may actually increase, and companies that are used to competing will not reach the necessary levels of collaboration. For more explanation see The Circular Economy – An Explainer, a research paper from the Parliament of Victoria.

 

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Children’s Report launched by NGO Coalition

The Children’s Report launched by Australia’s NGO Coalition and led by Australian Child Rights Taskforce, recommends that both State and Federal governments should be taking a more active approach to protecting children’s rights in Australia.

Similar to the NCOSS Election Platform, this report states that the lived experiences of children and families should be central to policymaking, with the report consulting children across the country.

Read more about the report HERE.

Post expires at 3:10pm on Monday December 31st, 2018

Mission Australia releases annual report

Mission Australia’s Annual Report 2018 highlights the progress made towards their goal of reducing homelessness and strengthening communities across the country over the past year, with 90.3% of their income invested straight back into programs and services in 2017-18.

The generosity of supporters and the tireless work of staff and volunteers saw 119,185 disadvantaged Australians receive help to move towards independence in 2017-18.

See the links for the full reports: Annual Report 2018   Annual Report 2018 infographic     Annual Financial Report 2018

 

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Add your voice to surveys on support relationships

There’s an opportunity to be involved in a research project with Southern Cross University exploring working relationships between young people with cognitive disability and support workers.

The research team is running two surveys to explore the relationships between young people with cognitive disability and support workers. One survey is for young people, and one is for support workers.

SCU would appreciate your help in promoting the surveys to young people who use your services and to support workers.

For more info contact [email protected]

 

Post expires at 5:47pm on Friday November 30th, 2018

ACOSS welcomes words on Newstart but calls for action

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has welcomed the Leader of the Opposition’s clear acknowledgement that the rate of Newstart is too low and calls on both the major parties to commit to raising the rate.

“We welcome Mr Shorten’s acknowledgement of what has been clear to the community, unions, business and experts for a long time – that $39 a day is not enough to cover the basics of life. We need more than a review,” said ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie.

“We don’t need a review to know that Newstart is trapping people in poverty. We need a clear commitment to immediately increase the single rate of Newstart by at least $75 a week.

“The evidence is in. There is broad agreement across the community, from business groups, the union movement and a growing number of politicians, including the Greens, Labor Chief Ministers, independents and Mayors, as well as John Howard and John Hewson, that we must finally lift the rate of Newstart after 24 years.

“Most people receiving Newstart live below the poverty line. It is very hard to look for a job when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from or how to put food on the table for your kids.

“People cannot afford to wait for relief while a review is carried out. The Morrison Government must act immediately to increase the single rate of Newstart and the Shorten Opposition needs to commit now to raising Newstart by at least $75 per week should it win government.

“Many of us are a job loss or a relationship break down away from relying on our social security safety net and 70% of voters believe Newstart should be increased. Politicians must heed the calls from right across the community on the need for a decent social security safety net.”

 

Post expires at 5:28pm on Monday December 31st, 2018

Inquiry into LGBTI hate crimes

A parliamentary committee has commenced an inquiry into LGBTI hate crimes in NSW between 1970 and 2010. They are now calling for submissions.

Have your say! This is a chance to be heard. For more information about the inquiry and how to make submission please click here.

 

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