Housing and Employment Forum in Shepparton

Sam Atukorala of the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District
Sam Atukorala of the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District
The Ethnic Council of Shepparton played host to a forum on Friday discussing what better solutions are needed. Better employment and housing are the two main priorities that have to be addressed for people of multicultural backgrounds. The forum also identified where success has been achieved across the state for culturally and linguistically diverse people (CaLD).

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 6

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.

 

78.9% of trans young people have experienced issues with school, university or TAFE and have higher rates of wanting to hurt themselves, self-harming, reckless behaviour, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, diagnosis of depression and anxiety than those who did not experience issues with school, university or TAFE.

 

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 5

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.

 

After the New York Times and The New Yorker exposés ousted Harvey Weinstein from a seemingly impenetrable Hollywood throne, unveiling his true nature as a sexual predator, the floodgates opened. One by one, women who had lived in silence about their own experiences of sexual harassment and assault — whether due to negative career repercussions, fear of not being believed, shame, NDAs, and other reasons — began to share their stories, adding voices to a booming chorus under the hashtag #MeToo. They demanded that widespread behavior of intimidation and abuse of power, and the normalization of it, come to an end.

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Scanlon report: Taking Australia’s temperature on migration attitudes

Mapping Social CohesionThe Scanlon Foundation conducts an annual 90-question report to assess Australian community attitudes to migration over time. On the whole, Australians feel better about themselves than news bulletins might suggest.Positive attitudes towards immigration have continued to predominate. Most respondents agreed that “multiculturalism has been good for Australia”. Respondents have been equally divided on the question “Do you think the government is too harsh in its treatment of asylum seekers?”. Australians are most likely to feel uneasy about Muslim immigrants than other faith groups. Concern about the environment and climate change has almost doubled – the largest annual increase since the survey began.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 4

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.

 

“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up. If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens. If we love enough, we are going to light that fire in the hearts of others. And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.” ~ Dorothy Day

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Properly harnessing migrant workforce could yield $6bn

african migrants with computersGetting more migrants into jobs that match their skills could deliver and $6 billion a year boost to the economy, according to new research. And increasing the nation’s migrant workforce also boosts wages for Australian workers, the study found.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 3

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.

 

Non-violence is a power which can be wielded equally by all – children, young men and women or grown-up people, provided they have a living faith in the God of Love and have therefore equal love for all mankind. When non-violence is accepted as the law of life, it must pervade the whole being and not be applied to isolated acts. Gandhi, Talk to Harijans, 5 September 1936

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Asylum seekers left ‘desperate’ and ‘helpless’ when they try to find work in Australia

asylum seeker needs a jobFinding work as an asylum seeker in Australia presents significant challenges. Oversea qualifications are not always recognised and voluntary work is often discarded. It is important for self-esteem and dignity of asylum seekers that they feel useful in society.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 2

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.

Non-violence is the highest form of right living, the divine Law which is the highest of all virtues. The principle of non-violence means the promotion of mutual love along with achieving and maintaining goals of peace and unity. That is the main feature which is a recognisable sign of being human. Non-violence means refraining from violence released by passionate feelings and controlling oneself. The non-violent are recognised by their patience. Impatience is the mother of violence. Violence is the sign of an animal nature.

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