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Materialism on the march : from conspicuous leisure to conspicuous consumption? /

by Leigh, Andrew | Frijters, Paul.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University. Centre for Economic Policy Research 2005Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:25:42 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Measuring the impact of gambling : an economist's view. /

by Hawke, Anne.

Publisher: Magill, S.A. University of South Australia 2000Description: 11 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography: p. 9 Website : (1)

Mental health consumer participation in a culturally diverse society. /

by Sozomenou, Andrew | Mitchell, Penny | Fitzgerald, Maureen H | Malak, Abd-Elmasih.

Edition: 2nd ed.Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Transcultural Mental Health Network 2000Description: xvii, 253 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Mind the gap : refugees and communications technology literacy /

by Leung, Linda | Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Communications Consumer Action Network 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes appendicesSummary: This report details the findings and outcomes of the Mind the Gap project. The project sought to examine refugees? knowledge of telecommunications products and services when newly arrived in Australia and also investigate telecommunications literacy in refugee settlement service provision This project develops a telecommunications consumer education program tailored to recent arrivals from refugee backgrounds. The report has two parts. Part 1 concerns the consumer research phase of the project. The research was conducted within the existing i.settle.with.IT! project managed by WorkVentures. The i.settle.with.IT! initiative provides newly arrived migrants from refugee backgrounds with IT skills for employment purposes through computer training workshops, and is being rolled out through WorkVentures? partner organisations throughout Australia. The research was situated within the i.settle.with.IT! project, from which over 30 participants in greater Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth were interviewed or surveyed. Part 2 reports on the consumer education program that was developed based on the findings of the consumer research. It was designed to provide newly arrived refugees with a basic knowledge of Australian telecommunications products and services that suit their needs.Availability: (1)

Money lenders or loan sharks : the consumers' perspective on the impacts of the deregulation of the pawnbroking industry and other legislative amendments to the Second-hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act (1989) which took /

by Ayres-Wearne, Valerie.

Publisher: Collingwood, Vic. Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service 2000Description: iii, 87 p. ; ill.Notes: April 2000 Bibliography: p. 85-86 AppendicesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

On-ground assessment of the energy efficiency potential of Victorian homes. Report on pilot study /

by Maksay, Govind | Moreland Energy Foundation.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Sustainability Victoria 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2010 Bibliography : p. 103 Prepared by Moreland Energy Foundation Limited for Sustainability VictoriaSummary: As a first step, in 2009 Sustainability Victoria commissioned the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) to undertake a pilot On-Ground Assessment Project based on 15 existing houses located in Melbourne. While such a small sample of houses cannot be representative of the whole of the Victorian housing stock, this initial study provides a useful insight into the current level of energy efficiency of the housing stock constructed prior to 1980, as well as the most cost-effective methods for achieving greenhouse abatement. While actual upgrades and improvements were not undertaken, modelling, using FirstRate5 was employed to determine the energy rating improvements and estimate the energy, greenhouse gas and financial savings that could be achieved by applying a range of building shell upgrades consisting of ceiling, floor and wall insulation, draught sealing, double glazing, drapes and pelmets, and external window blinds. An analysis of the existing fixed and non-fixed appliances was also undertaken to determine the potential impact of efficiency improvements.Availability: (1)

Orderly fashion : a sociology of markets /

by Aspers, Patrik.

Publisher: Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press 2010Description: x, 237 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: For any market to work properly, certain key elements are necessary: competition, pricing, rules, clearly defined offers, and easy access to information. Without these components, there would be chaos. "Orderly Fashion" examines how order is maintained in the different interconnected consumer, producer, and credit markets of the global fashion industry. From retailers in Sweden and the United Kingdom, to producers in India and Turkey, Patrik Aspers focuses on branded garment retailers--chains such as Gap, H&M, Old Navy, Topshop, and Zara. Aspers investigates these retailers' interactions and competition in the consumer market for fashion garments, traces connections between producer and consumer markets, and demonstrates why market order is best understood through an analysis of its different forms of social construction. Emphasizing consumption rather than production, Aspers considers the larger retailers' roles as buyers in the production market of garments, and as potential objects of investment in financial markets. He shows how markets overlap and intertwine and he defines two types of markets - status markets and standard markets. In status markets, market order is related to the identities of the participating actors more than the quality of the goods, whereas in standard markets the opposite holds true. Looking at how identities, products, and values create the ordered economic markets of the global fashion business, "Orderly Fashion" has wide implications for all modern markets, regardless of industry.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Our demand : reducing electricity use in Victoria through demand management /

by Sachdeva, Akaash | Monash University. Monash Sustainability Institute | Wallis, Philip.

Publisher: Clayton, Vic. Monash Sustainability Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Monash Sustainability Institute report ; no. 10/4.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2010 Bibliography : p. 67-71Summary: This research enquiry into demand management began as a project that linked the water, transport and energy themes of the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI). MSI was invited to submit a working paper on demand management to the Australian Davos Connection Infrastructure 21 Summit, held in October 2008. The paper advocated a whole-of-system approach to managing demand in water, transport and electricity sectors, and proposed a set of demand management principles that drew on experience from the three sectors. Our main realisation was that the electricity sector has not yet made significant progress with demand management or efficiency, compared to the water and transport sectors, and would benefit greatly from development of a comprehensive strategy to reduce electricity consumption. The scope of this project was originally to consider improving the efficiency of electricity and water use in Victoria. Through our research we found that Victoria's urban and rural water sectors have become significantly more efficient over the past decade, and are on a trajectory to achieve even greater efficiency gains, simply because there have been strong incentives to save water. The factors driving this have included on-going drought, increasing population, an increase in water allocated to the environment and the threat of further reduced water availability due to climate change.Availability: (1)

Our greatest strength : consulting with service users for social action : the report of the Social Action Oriented Consultation Project. /

by Jope, Sally | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: unpub. 2000Description: 15 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2000 Summary: The purpose of this project is to explore the consultation process used by staff at Just Essentials, the Brotherhood of St Laurence's material aid service in Frankston, and to consider the potential for more active participation of service users in social action in other Brotherhood services, using such a process. The Just Essentials' process involved consultations with service users that identified and documented the impact of social issues on low-income households. Two of these issues were researched further and the results used by the Brotherhood's Social Action and Research unit. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Overconsumption in Britain : a culture of middle-class complaint? /

by Hamilton, Clive.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. The Australian Institute 2003Description: PDF.Notes: Library also holds print copySummary: In the United Kingdom, a high proportion of citizens feel that their incomes are inadequate to buy everything they really need. A companion study to Discussion Paper 49, "Overconsumption in Australia : the rise of the middle-class battler" by Clive Hamilton (B11233).Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Personalisation through participation : a new script for public services. /

by Leadbeater, Charles | DEMOS.

Publisher: London, U.K. DEMOS 2004Description: 98 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 91-92)Summary: Charles Leadbeater believes that if government is serious about personalisation, public sector bodies should regard this promise as a big challenge to the way they currently operate. He explains how personalisation go beyond a simple consumer model to actually involving users in their design and delivery of the next generation of services.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Pharmaceutical markets and social responsibility : recent policy developments in Australia and Sweden. /

by Lofgren, Hans.

Publisher: 1999Description: p. 145-158.Notes: Rec. no. for conference: B9540 (v. 1) ; B9541 (v. 2) December 1999 Includes bibliographical references indexed chapterAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Political economy : the contest of economic ideas. /

by Stilwell, Frank.

Publisher: South Melbourne, Vic. Oxford University Press 2002Description: vi, 440 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Recent Trends in the Distribution of Income : Labor, Wealth and More Complete Measures of Well Being /

by Smeeding, Timothy M | University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy esearch Institute | Thompson, Jeffrey P.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy Research Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2010 Bibliography : p. 33-38 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: The impact of the great recession on inequality is unclear. Because the crises in the housing and stock markets and mass job loss affect incomes from across the entire distribution, the overall impact on inequality is difficult to determine. Early speculation using a variety of narrow measures of earnings, income and consumption yield contradictory results. In this paper, we develop new estimates of income inequality based on 'more complete income' (MCI), which augments standard income measures with those that are accrued from the ownership of wealth. We use the 1989-2007 Surveys of Consumer Finances, and also construct MCI measures for 2009 based on projections of assets, income, and earnings.Availability: (1)

Recycling rising high : an evaluation of the High Rise Public Housing Recycling Project

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: v, 30 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2010 Bibliography : p. 29-30Summary: This study of a recycling pilot project (HaRP) in the Fitzroy and Collingwood high-rise public housing estates found that many households had become involved in recycling, and so reduced the amount of recyclable material sent to landfill. It also highlighted the challenges of spreading the recycling message and of operating an efficient service in neighbourhoods where many residents come from diverse backgrounds and face complex disadvantages.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Redevelopment of the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne : Consumer Consultation Project : final report. /

by Holm, Sonya | Senior, Liz | Gilley, Tim | Hawkes, Rachel | Oliver-Weymouth, Merrian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2000Description: 37 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2000 For Dental Health Services Victoria. Includes bibliographical references (p. 37)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Report for the Department of Health and Ageing in relation to services for consumer engagement in the aged care reform process /

by Alzheimer's Australia.

Publisher: Alzheimer's Australia 2011Description: 194 p.Other title: Consumer engagement in the aged care reform process.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2011Summary: The priority for people with dementia and their families is a focus on the basics of improving care services, hence it is important in undertaking reform that the possible establishment of new organisational and program structures does not distract from the extent to which the current arrangements are failing older people every day. The consultations were a reminder that the quality of life of people with dementia is impacted by issues in the health system. Again in these consultations a key concern was delays in diagnosis and failure to refer to support services. A number of consumers also had poor experiences with the acute care sector. Consumers were also concerned about the future and the need for investment in research. For the person with dementia the journey needs to start with a timely diagnosis, referral to support services, properly resourced assessment services and a link worker (not a call centre) to provide guidance when needed. For the family carer access to dementia education, support in managing BPSD and flexible respite is key. If the basics are covered in the reform process, there may be some chance of the stories told by people living with dementia being more positive in the future.Availability: (1)

Review of pricing arrangements in residential aged care : submission by Brotherhood of St Laurence. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2003Description: 8 leaves.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: March 2003Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Risk and reality : access to general insurance for people on low incomes

by Sheehan, Genevieve | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Renouf, Gordon.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2006Description: iv, 31 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2006 Summary: The authors investigated the reasons that many low-income and other excluded people are uninsured. Through group interviews in Victoria and New South Wales they identified specific barriers to taking out or maintaining insurance cover not just simple cost, but also perceived limitations of insurance products or insurers and attitudes to assets. Drawing on these findings the authors proposed measures to increase access to general insurance for households with limited incomes.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Shifting the burden to the consumers of health care. /

by Richardson, Jeff.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Council of Social Service 1997Description: 15 leaves.Notes: Congress held on 6-7 November 1997 Rec. no. for conference:B9526 indexed paperAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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