Men’s behaviour change programs: good news and lessons from the Pacific

A ground-breaking faith-based program in the Pacific seems to be having significant, and hopefully longer-term, impacts on men’s violence and abuse, with several important lessons for similar programs elsewhere, writes Miranda Forsyth, ANU Pacific Institute Convener and Associate Professor at ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance.   

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Cultural Change and individual impact: towards respectful relationships on Australian campuses

Sue Webeck, manager of The Australian National University’s (ANU) newly set-up Respectful Relationships Unit, describes the university’s approach in responding to the issues raised in the Human Right’s Commission’s ‘Change the Course Report: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities’ in 2017, and the challenges involved in creating systemic change while responding to the ongoing needs of survivors.  

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Digital financial inclusion or expanding financial abuse online?

There is an emerging trend in the financial services sector to move towards all things digital. Physical shop fronts are being closed, while exciting, interactive and Artificial Intelligence backed online shops are being set up everday. Financial Technology (FinTech) is the new buzzword in modern financial marketplace and its easy to get swept up with features such as mobile lending, digital lending and credit, big data and the like. Digital financial Inclusion is one of the reasons FinTechs are popular with international organisations such United Nations, as these technologies can have impact at scale. But its important to review whether taking financial inclusion online is necessary, and if so, what are the best ways to achieve this? In today’s original blogpost, Dana Beiglari, will provide the needed pause and reflection on digital financial inclusion, specifically from a gendered lens. (Dana is a Senior Solicitor at Legal Aid NSW and the views expressed in this article are her own, and not the views of Legal Aid NSW.)

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Tracking the Financial Icebergs in Australia.

In today’s post Dr. Archana Voola, Research fellow at University of New South Wales, discusses the societal, community and individual levels factors playing a role in our everyday financial lives. The daily news media depicts stories about the debt crisis, housing un-affordability and sluggish wage growth. But what is actually happening behind these numbers? Who are the humans who make up the data? And what can we do about it? Archana uses her sociological imagination to uncover the icebergs in the financial seascape of Australia.

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Welfare 'activation' policies are counterproductive

Continuing her series of original posts on Australia's employment services system, Simone Casey (@SimoneCasey) of the RMIT Future Social Services Institute (@FutureSocialAU) discusses harm caused by the Targeted Compliance Framework (TCF) for income support on people in living in precarious financial situations. Her previous posts explore issues related to welfare conditionalityParentsNextmutual obligation; 'work first' activation of jobseekers; the growing presence of automation in Australia's welfare system and Work for the Dole.

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