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Affluenza : when too much is never enough. /

by Hamilton, Clive | Denniss, Richard.

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin 2005Description: ix, 224 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: This book is a critique of the western world s addiction to over-consumption. The authors pose the question: if the economy is doing so, why are Australians not becoming happier? They argue that people focus too much on what they lack. Hamilton and Denniss explore the messages of consumerism and marketing, and the effects of debt, overwork, waste and over-spending. In the final section they propose a refreshing alternative political philosophy, based on a commitment to improving well-being rather than mere accumulation of wealth.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Consumer capitalism : is this as good as it gets? /

by Hamilton, Clive.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. The Australia Institute 2004Description: PDF.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Consumer confidence and market experience study 2010 - 2011 /

by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Consumer Affairs Victoria 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This document presents the findings of the third Consumer Confidence and Market Experience Study commissioned by Consumer Affairs Victoria. The study follows on from the 2008 Consumer Confidence and Market Experience Study and 2006 Consumer Detriment Study. The purpose of the Consumer Confidence and Market Experience Study is to determine the level of consumer confidence in the consumer protection framework, and examine the experience of consumers in the market, including incidences of detriment.Availability: (1)

Evidence versus emotion : how do we really make financial decisions? /

by Australia Institute.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australia Institute 2010Description: 38 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2010Summary: Around one in three Australians are regularly putting one or more everyday bills like utilities, car registration and groceries on their credit card but not paying the balance off in full each month. Categorised as 'playing catch-up', these people face higher rates of interest on household bills, due to lack of cash flow. The Australia Institute conducted an online survey of 1,180 adult Australians in October 2010. Respondents were sourced from a reputable online panel provider, and quotas were applied to ensure a representative sample of the broader Australian population by gender, age and household income. Respondents were provided with a small incentive (Availability: (1)

Green light report 2009 /

by Sustainability Victoria.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Sustainability Victoria 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Measuring community attitudes and behaviours in relation to the environment helps to inform the policies and programs of the Victorian Government, ensuring we are responsive to changing community needs. Now in its second year, the Green Light Report provides this community pulse-check, monitoring the trends and changes occurring in the environmental attitudes and behaviours within Victorian households. The 2009 Report shows that Victorians remain 'very concerned' about the environment, despite the global financial crisis dramatically changing the economic environment and likely to shape events for some time to come. Victorians are continuing to pursue a number of sustainable behaviours in their homes including taking short showers, growing their own fruit and vegetables and installing rainwater tanks and compact fluorescent light globes in their homes. This year's Report also reports specifically on 15 local areas across Victoria. From regional Victoria to inner Melbourne, the report will be a valuable resource for local government, providing locally relevant information that will help guide local initiatives.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Household attitudes and behaviours in relation to environmentally sustainable resource use /

by Fielding, Kelly S | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute | Thompson, Alice | Louis, Winnifred R | Warren, Clive.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Environmental sustainability in residential housing:.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Project Number: 20550 October 2010 URL contains: Positioning Paper: No. 121: Environmental sustainability in residential housing: understanding attitudes and behaviour towards waste, water, and energy consumption and conservation among Australian households Final Report: No. 152: Environmental sustainability: understanding the attitudes and behaviour of Australian households Research and Policy Bulletin: Issue 140: Sustainability decisions in Australian householdsSummary: There is growing recognition internationally and within Australia of the need to reduce carbon emissions and implement sustainable development principles, and to establish policy to achieve environmental sustainability. This study seeks to enhance understanding of how households think about and act on the issues of waste, water and energy use and conservation, and of how positive change in household behaviour in these areas can be effected.Availability: (1)

The freedom paradox : towards a post-secular ethics. /

by Hamilton, Clive.

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin 2008Description: xiv, 274 p.Summary: "Why is it so many of us lack contentment, despite all the wealth and freedoms we enjoy? The past two centuries delivered individual and political freedoms that promised unprecedented opportunities for personal fulfillment. Yet citizens of affluent countries are encouraged to pursue lives of consumerism, endless choice and the pleasures of the body. The paradox of modern consumer life is that we are deprived of our inner freedom by our very pursuit of our own desires. The author turns to metaphysics to find a source of transformation that lies beyond the cultural, political and social philosophies that form the bedrock of contemporary western thought. His search takes him to an unexpected conclusion: that we cannot be truly free unless we commit ourselves to a moral life."-- Publisher websiteAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

When times are tough : four families' stories /

by Ben-Galim, Dalia | Institute for Public Policy Research | Seal-Jones, Rachel.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: IPPR has examined how 58 low-income families manage their day-to-day finances. The innovative research, which took place in London, Newcastle, Nottingham and Glasgow in 2008-2009, has provided insight into the pressures that many low-income families face as they struggle to balance their income and expenditure. ; We are publishing four case studies from the research to illustrate the impact of broad social and economic trends at household level and share knowledge and data. Each case study has been chosen to provide an individual family narrative around poverty and the economic crisis. ; They focus on: ; Living with a disability - how one family in Newcasle is coping after an accident left the main breadwinner disabled and unable to work. ; Lone parents and low pay - why employment has not been a route out of poverty for one lone-parent family in London. ; Redundancy - how redundancy has dramatically changed the financial circumstances of one household in Glasgow and its impact on daily family life. ; The poverty premium - perceptions of the current financial crisis through the eyes of one family in Nottingham and how this affects the premium low-income families pay on essential goods and servicesAvailability: (1)

When times are tough : tracking household spending and debt through diaries - interim findings /

by Ben-Galim, Dalia | Institute for Public Policy Research | Lanning, Tess.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The financial crisis and recession have highlighted the unsustainable nature of the economic growth that went before. While there is much discussion around the recession, global capitalism and what principles will underpin economic recovery, ippr has been exploring the particular impacts on families as part of a ground-breaking project on consumer spending and debt. Through this innovative research - which looks at households - circumstances in great detail - we are gaining an understanding of people's daily expenditure. ; This briefing presents the interim findings from our research, undertaken over four months with low-income families across the UK, which aims to produce in-depth understanding of the dynamics between spending, saving and debt. It provides fresh insight into the impact of the recession on the daily realities of people's lives. ; The next stage of the project will analyse the findings in more detail to offer insight into how families - specifically those on low incomes - are coping in the recession. It will also look at the savings and assets agenda and how people are coping with debt, with policy recommendations presented based on this analysis. ; This briefing provides an opportunity to reflect on some of the emerging themes being generated from rich data collection and analysis. The findings here are illustrative.Availability: (1)

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