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Access to financial services and the financial inclusion agenda around the world : a cross-country analysis with a new data set /

by Ardic, Oya Pinar | The World Bank | Heimann, Maximilien | Mylenko, Nataliya.

Publisher: Washington, DC World Bank 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2011. "Policy Research Working Paper 5537" (WPS5537).Summary: "Recent empirical evidence highlights that access to basic financial services can make a substantial positive difference in improving poor people?s lives. Accordingly, financial sector reforms that promote financial inclusion are increasingly at the core of policymakers? agendas. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor and the World Bank Group, in response, launched the Financial Access project, including a cross-country database on financial inclusion topics and an annual report to inform the policy debate. Using this database, this paper (i) counts the number of unbanked adults around the world at 56 percent, (ii) analyzes the state of access to deposit and loan services as well as the extent of retail networks, and (iii) discusses the state of financial inclusion mandates around the world"Availability: (1)

Blame welfare, ignore poverty and inequality. /

by Handler, Joel F | Hasenfeld, Yeheskel.

Publisher: New York, NY Cambridge University Press 2007Description: xiii, 401 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Canada's hidden deficit : the social cost of low literacy skills /

by Maxwell, Judith Teplova, Tatyana.

Publisher: London, Ontario Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network 2007Description: PDF.Notes: A 45-page Canadian study exploring the social costs of low literacy School to work SCHOOL TO WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Creating effective local labour markets : a new framework for regional employment policy /

by Cook, Beth | Mitchell, William | Quirk, Victor | Watts, Martin.

Publisher: Callaghan, N.S.W Centre for Full Employment and Equity 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: (1)

Deported to danger : a study of Australia's treatment of 40 rejected asylum seekers. /

by Glendenning, Phil | Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education | Leavey, Carmel | Hetherton, Margaret | Australian Catholic University. School of Education.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Edmund Rice Centre & Australian Catholic University 2004Description: 59 p.Online Access: Website Notes: September 2004 See The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education website for more information : Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Emerging change : 2008 summary report on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. /

by Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission c2008Description: v. : ill. ; 30 cm.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Growing up in an inclusive Victoria : Submission to the Victorian Government on the blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Fitzroy Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: 20 p. PDF.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission on the Blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the Government’s commitment to better integration of policies across early childhood and education as signalled by the newly established Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This integration opens up opportunities for targeted and sustained assistance to significantly improve the participation and development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially Indigenous children. The Brotherhood also welcomes the continuing priority on strengthening educational achievement over the next five years through the proposed reform agenda. We strongly support the Government’s commitment to building the learning, skills and productivity of Victoria’s children and young adults. We therefore welcome the broad thrust of measures and investment announced in the 2008–09 State Budget. We support the three areas in the Blueprint on which the next phase of reform will focus: system development and reform, workforce reform and parent and community partnerships. We can see some acknowledgement of the important role that a child’s environment exerts on his or her development but there is not enough recognition of the impact of multiple disadvantage on children and the subsequent need for resources. We also have strong concerns regarding the lack of acknowledgment of the vital influence that social circumstances and more specifically social disadvantage exert on educational participation, commitment to learning and achievement. The social context of children and young people may include, for example, parents’ poor physical or mental health or learning disabilities, material deprivation, Indigenous or refugee background, homelessness, domestic violence and substance abuse. Furthermore, there are other barriers that children and young people face in addition to those addressed in the discussion papers. These include learning difficulties and behavioural problems which impact strongly on educational participation and outcomes for individual students, as well as on the ability of teachers and schools to ameliorate the effects of disadvantage. Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1), Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

International review of leave policies and related research 2013 /

by Moss, Peter (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. International Network on Leave Policies and Research 2013Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2013 Includes bibliographic referencesSummary: The international network on leave policies and research has been producing an annual review of leave policies and related research since 2004. The review covers Maternity, Paternity and Parental leaves; leave to care for sick children and other employment-related measures to support working parents; and early childhood education and care policy. As well as policies, it provides information on publications and research. ; The review is based on country notes from each participating country, prepared by members of the network and edited by one of the network's coordinators.Availability: (1)

Let's talk about rights : a guide to help young people have their say about human rights in Australia /

by Australian Human Rights Commission.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W Australian Human Rights Commission 2009Description: 12 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Position paper on Australia's use of Temporary Protection Visas for convention refugees. /

by Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Refugee Council of Australia 2003Description: 15 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2003Availability: (1)

Real Communities /

by Mackay, Hugh | Review, Griffith.

Publisher: Griffith, N.S.W.Griffith Review 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Social researcher Hugh Mackay's essay on on making social investments in our communities. The former prime minister once dreamed of Australia as a nation of shareholders, enriched by their participation in the adventure of capitalism. Properly conceived, that is certainly one form of social engagement. If it looks a little less appealing to the punters today than it did back then, that might be because the full value of that kind of participation has not been widely or well enough understood. Investing in our economic future is a worthwhile thing to do, and is most rewarding in the long term if, like philanthropy, it is undertaken as a form of social engagement. That’s how the fi nest capitalists, from Adam Smith onwards, have approached it. Such investment is a symbol of the investor’s faith in the future and in the integrity and potency of the enterprises they choose to support via their shareholding. Committed investment helps build communities and hold them together. If, by contrast, the stock market is conceived of as a vast casino where buyers and sellers behave as if they are nothing more than gamblers, the system is bound to break down because the motivations are warped. Exploitation, motivated by greed, is a very different thing from investment. It is also a very different thing from social engagement. Investment is the key to the creation of stronger communities and, ultimately, to a stronger nation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

State of the nation : aspects of Australian public policy /

by Markwell, Don (ed.) | Thompson, Rachel (ed.) | Leeser, Julian (ed.).

Publisher: Bacchus Marsh, Vic. Connor Court 2013Description: xiv, 265 p.Notes: Contents: The resources sector / Keith DeLacy -- Restoring the liberal base to trade policy / Alan Oxley -- Australian foreign policy / Paul O'Sullivan -- Australia and China / Geoff Raby -- Defence / Jim Molan -- Border protection / Adrienne Millbank -- Mental health / John Mendoza -- Welfare reform / Patrick McClure -- Homelessness policy / Toby Hall -- Agricultural policy / Brian Fisher -- The search for a regional Australian policy / Dick Estens -- The National Broadband Network / Kevin Morgan -- Higher education / Steven Schwartz -- Australian culture / Donald McDonald -- Reform of the Australian Public Service / Peter Shergold.Summary: State of the Nation critiques the policies and performance of the Rudd and Gillard governments in Australia since 2007 in diverse policy areas. It does so through the distinctive voices of fifteen distinguished and non-partisan Australians who are independent experts in their fields. The policy areas considered range from the resources sector, where real damage has been done to one of the great drivers of the Australian economy, to defence, where the absence of strategy and the deep cuts in spending have risked Australia's national security; from border protection, where hundreds of boatpeople have died trying to take advantage of lax Australian policies, to the National Broadband Network, where tens of billions of dollars of taxpayers' funds have been committed without proper process or adequate reporting. Other topics include trade and foreign policy, including the mismanagement of Australia's relations with China; social policy fields such as welfare reform, mental health, and homelessness; agriculture and regional Australia, culture and higher education - and, given the importance of good process in policy-making and public administration, an agenda for reform of the Australian public service. This book tells the sorry story of a failure of ideas, process, and leadership in Australia since 2007.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

TaxWatch . /

by TaxWatch.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. 2009Notes: URL: '' Checked: 2/06/2009 11:35:42 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Teachers in the middle : reclaiming the wasteland of the adolescent years of schooling /

by Smyth, John McInerney, Peter.

Publisher: New York, NY Peter Lang 2007Description: xiv, 247 p. ; 23 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. School to work SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: "There is a profound and deepening crisis afflicting secondary schools in most parts of the world - but at its essence it is a crisis of a very different kind from the one portrayed by the media, the business community, politicians, and policy makers. Just what constitutes the crisis is highly problematic. What is being constructed for us through a concerted "conservative assault" and a "new authoritarianism" is one of failure by young people, their schools, and their teachers. But as with any moral panic, there are undisclosed interests and agenda operating, and they are not those of the people most directly affected, in this case young people." "This book tackles those myths head-on. Through a multi-layered portrait analysis of young lives, adult lives, and school lives this book shows how schools, teachers, and young people are re-inventing themselves against the damaging prevailing educational policy discourses. Teachers are "in the middle" in all kinds of ways - they are a group who are continually being disparaged, pilloried, and denigrated by politicians and the media; they are caught in the shifting tectonic plates of capitalism as schools are increasingly required to do economic work; and they are continually mediating the emotional,social, and intellectual intersections between schools, society, classrooms, and young lives. Teachers in the Middle provided a critique as well as hope and possibility as schools engage pedagogically with the maelstrom in which they find themselves."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The Australian Preventive health agenda : what will this mean for workforce development? /

by Lilley, Kathleen C | Stewart, Donald E.

Publisher: London, U.K. BioMed Central 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The power of perception : debating homelessness in Australia 1970-2008. /

by Snaddon, Bill.

Publisher: Monash University 2008Description: 67 p. PDF.Notes: By Bill Snaddon Supervisor: Professor Mark Peel Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

The state of the world's human rights 2009 . /

by Amnesty International.

Publisher: London, U.K. Amnesty International 2009Description: PDF.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Time for action : the National Council's plan for Australia to reduce violence against women and their children, 2009-2021. /

by Australia. National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2009Description: 200 p. ; 30 cm.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Also available: Background Paper to Time for action - 362.82920994 AUS The cost of violence against women and their children 362.82920994 AUS Family & early yearsAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Whose values shape social policy? : policy process limits to economic rationalism /

by Fisher, Karen R.

Edition: 1stPublisher: Berlin VDM Verlag 2009Description: 321 p.Summary: 'Whose values shape social policy? Do community interests always lose to economic rationalists in the struggle between costs and social goals? Sociologists such as Michael Pusey argue that economic rationalism displaces social values in social policy. However does policy implementation draw different conclusions about the affect of economic rationalism? This book uses participant values and dynamic policy implementation concepts to test the impact of values of economic rationality in the Australian coordinated care policy (1994-2001). The policy was to coordinate care, using a funds pool, case managers and care plans for people with chronic care needs. The results show that the policy changed away from values of economic rationality after the central agencies handed responsibility to the health agencies. However it was the organisational values of health providers that dominated implementation rather than social values. The book adds to social policy implementation theory about the impact of economic rationalism. It shows that knowing which organisations are responsible for policy at each policy stage reveals whose values shape social policy." - -UNSW.academia.eduAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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