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Affordable Housing is Crucial for Tackling Homelessness

New research from the Unison Housing Research Lab suggests social housing may be one of the most overlooked, yet effective, solutions to reducing homelessness in Australia.

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Social housing protects against homelessness – but other benefits are less clear

Social housing, managed by governments and the community sector, provides a safety net to vulnerable Australians. A person living in social housing is far less likely to experience homelessness than someone battling it out in the private rental market. And some argue social housing comes with a host of other benefits, such as improvements to […]

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As Japan undergoes social change, single women are in the firing line

The ideal of a full-time male breadwinner model persists in Japan, even as women’s participation in the workforce has increased since the Equal Employment Opportunity Law was introduced in 1985.

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Rules of thumb for women leaders in the Pacific, and beyond

In January, when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy, she was careful to note that she would be “fully contactable” during her six weeks of maternity leave.

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New evidence suggests we may need to rethink policies aimed at poverty

Fewer people who were homeless or at risk of being homeless exited poverty than in the general population.

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The Unintended Consequences of the Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers

A recently published book chapter by Dr Charles T Hunt, in 'The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping', Global Institutions Series (Abingdon: Routledge)

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Protecting Peacekeepers Requires Better Politics, Not More Force

Blog piece by Dr Charles T Hunt published in Global Observatory

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Homeless on the Streets: Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Invisible homeless people on our streets are the symptom of a much larger and hidden homelessness problem

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Where did the Lucky Country Go? Homelessness and Housing Affordability

Guy Johnson, Urban Housing and Homelessness Research Program Lead reflects on the housing crisis gripping Australia

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How resilience can break the link between a ‘bad’ childhood and the youth justice system

Most young people in the youth justice system have been found to come from “troubled” backgrounds. However, many people with similar backgrounds don’t ever end up in youth justice services. Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and […]

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Change the story: how the world’s first national framework can help prevent violence against women

In Australia, one woman is killed almost every week by a current or former partner. By now, these horrifying murders are all too familiar. But they are just a small part of the bigger story. Hundreds of thousands more women are physically and psychologically harmed by men’s violence, threats and controlling behaviour. Many suffer long-term […]

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Four Corners: can the NDIS prevent abuse of people with disability?

We know predators will continue to target the vulnerable, including children and people with disability. The NDIS will mitigate some of the issues in this space, but we need a royal commission too.

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Not everyone wins from the bank of mum and dad

Those whose parents own a home are able to take advantage of a wider set of opportunities than others.

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FactCheck Q&A: are there laws to protect against ‘revenge porn’ in Australia?

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day, an all-female panel of guests on ABC TV’s Q&A program discussed issues ranging from sexual assault and domestic violence to “revenge porn”, where a nude or explicit image is shared without consent. Let’s check the facts.

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Can the private rental sector provide a secure, affordable housing solution?

The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.

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The conversation we need to have: Victoria has made progress on tackling domestic violence, but there is still much to be done

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence has sparked an important national debate, but that needs to be backed up by work that responds to violence in the community, and a strategy to stop it before it starts.

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‘Be careful posting images online’ is just another form of modern-day victim-blaming

The revelations this week of yet another vile website where men and boys trade in the non-consensual images of women and girls has police and many in the broader Australian public concerned about these harassing behaviours. Yet some of the media and public discussions of these image-sharing websites and forums also show a disturbing similarity […]

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Cutting to numb the pain of sex abuse: interviews with young women in drug treatment

Interviews with 26 young women in alcohol and drug treatment services in Victoria reveal that more than half of them disclosed a history of sexual abuse.

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Let’s talk about the family home … and its exemption from the pension means test

The current system is causing inefficiencies in housing markets, but governments seem unwilling to act.

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Understanding the NDIS: how does the scheme work and am I eligible for funding?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been heralded as the most significant reform since Medicare. So what is it again, how will it work and how can you apply to get funding?

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Understanding the NDIS: a history of disability welfare from ‘deserving poor’ to consumers in control

Society hasn't always seen people with disabilities as having the same rights at everyone else. So how did we get to the NDIS, which offers people with disabilities with choice and control?

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How the desire for masculinity might drive some disadvantaged young men to substance abuse

Awareness of social factors, such as society's perpetuation of masculinity, are critical to understanding the interconnections between trauma, disadvantage and substance abuse in young men.

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It takes a village: law reform can’t be the only response to online child abuse material

The Victorian government introduced legislation this week to deliver on key changes recommended by an in-depth review of the state’s sexual offences. Among the changes is the replacement of the term “child pornography” with “child abuse material”. This shift in terminology is particularly welcome. What’s in a name? It might appear a small change to […]

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