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Category Archives: social issues

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The October issue of the quarterly Australian Options is out this week. Here are a few of the cartoons illustrating the far more substantial articles on democracy, inequity, tax and gender, the concept of The Common, urban policy and more.

 

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Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon. There’s a lot of word hijacking going on apparently, whatever that means…

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Today’s Pro Bono news cartoon. The federal government has recently increased the participation requirements jobseekers must fulfil to continue their income support. In particular, this affects older jobseekers who now need to do more hours per fortnight PAID voluntary work. As a result they are cutting back on their (unpaid) volunteer hours – and searching for paid volunteer work – to meet the half paid/half unpaid requirement. In turn this significantly impacts charities and not-for-profits who rely on (unpaid) volunteers. Confused? For more about a getting-even-more-complex system see  Welfare Changes Causing Anxiety for Jobseekers on the Pro Bono website.

A short video introduction to Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) nursing in the Northern Territory, Australia – the Remote Context.

The second video outlining the Scope of Practice :

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NAPLAN (the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) are tests of basic skills administered to Australian students. NAPLAN data is used to rank each school’s performance against all other schools.  This cartoon illustrates ‘The rating Game’ in the latest Australian Education Union Journal (South Australia Branch). Author Lara Golding argues that NAPLAN is ‘fatally flawed’.

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Pro Bono news: Community organisations are being encouraged to challenge “racist myths” targeting African-Australians after an incendiary television report on “African gangs running riot”’. This week’s cartoon.

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The Uncomfortable Revolution is ‘the place to have fun with the awkward situations that arise from chronic illness or disability‘. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the awkward stories people are sharing.

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The Uncomfortable Revolution‘s first book Glossary of Awkward is coming soon to Kickstarter. ‘Written by UR co-founders, Brendan McDonald and Corinne Gray, and featuring original cartoons illustrated by Simon Kneebone, Glossary of Awkward™ is the perfect gift to buy for someone touched by cancer (a whole lot better than flowers). Use it as a conversation-starter, or to connect with someone you’ve been meaning to check in on.’

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Some of the cartoons for an event celebrating the achievements of the Gippsland Regional Partnership.  A particular focus was youth and their thoughts on priorities for the region. An earlier workshop with high school students gathered their ideas that were presented in the display.

 

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Today’s Pro Bono news Kneebone cartoon. Welfare advocates are calling for proposed legislation which would force new migrants to wait four years before they could access social security benefits to be rejected. Read the post here.

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The Scratchy Lines cartoon in the June issue of New Internationalist magazine.