The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-12-19T01:16:57Z ‘Forgotten Christmas’ Campaign Helps Raise Struggling Families Above Poverty Line in Asia 2018-12-19T01:16:57Z forgotten-christmas-campaign-helps-raise-struggling-families-above-poverty-line-in-asia TOOWOOMBA, Queensland—As holiday shopping in North America is predicted to top $1 trillion this year, GFA World (formerly Gospel for Asia www.gfaau.org) is urging Christians to make the season more Christ-centred by adding someone they don't know to their gift list. GFA's "Forgotten Christmas" campaign (www.forgottenchristmas.ca) gives an opportunity to churches and individuals to provide practical gifts, including income-generating resources that can help lift a family out of poverty in Asia, where millions struggle to survive below the $1.90-a-day poverty line.    The centre piece of the effort is a touching three-minute video drama which follows a young American boy as he provides desperately needed groceries for a struggling couple in his neighbourhood.   "Christmas is about so much more than just presents," viewers are told. "Let's bring Christmas back to what it's really meant to be about: giving hope to others. Why not go further than just next door? Make an impact around the world this Christmas."   They can do that through GFA World’s Christmas Gift Catalogue (www.gfaau.org/gift), which features almost 40 different giving opportunities.   For just $11—the price of three eggnog lattes—a pair of chickens can improve a family's financial situation by breeding more birds that can be sold, or through the sale of their eggs. Other poverty-breaking gifts include a lamb for $65, a sewing machine for $85, and teaching someone to read for $25.   "There is so much to enjoy in the Christmas season, but it is easy to lose sight of the real meaning, if we are not careful," said GFA founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan. "Christmas is about Jesus coming into the world, showing us God's love in tangible form.   "Through a simple gift that can completely change their circumstances, we can demonstrate his love to those struggling in poverty. We can show them that they may have been forgotten by the world, but they have not been forgotten by God or his people."   GFA World hopes that in this 12th year of “Forgotten Christmas,” churches and individuals around the globe will join them in seeing families in Asia  receive help to rise above the poverty line. Last year, GFA and its supporters helped more than 230,000 families receive income-generating presents.   One GFA supporter who provides help through the gift catalogue each year said: "What a wonderful way to invest treasure into some of the poorest of the poor—a way that gives them new opportunities for self-support and dignity and demonstrates God's love for them.”  # # #   GFA World (www.gfaau.org) has – for nearly 40 years ‒ provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions in Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,000 wells drilled, over 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 200,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. Australian social workers support the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, calls on government to restore Australia’s place as a human rights leader 2018-12-09T23:37:49Z australian-social-workers-support-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-un-declaration-of-human-rights-calls-on-government-to-restore-australias-place-as-a-human-rights-leader On the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Australian Association of Social Workers calls on the government to take serious action to fulfil its human rights commitments. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “The AASW continues to have serious concerns over Australia’s breach of human rights, including the treatment of people seeking asylum, and the systems abuses of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and children, including their overrepresentation in the justice system. “Article One of the declaration tells us that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’, and although Australia prides itself on values of respect, dignity and compassion, it is clear the Australian government is failing in this regard. “For example, Indigenous Australians are 13 times more likely to be imprisoned, often for minor offences like unpaid fines[1], than the rest of the Australian population, and Aboriginal women are the fastest growing prisoner demographic in Australia[2]. “Furthermore, despite being a signatory to many UN conventions that protect human rights, the Australian government appears undeterred by repeated calls by the UN to end offshore ‘processing’ of people seeking asylum. Not only this, we have people who have been held in indefinite closed onshore detention for almost 10 years. “Social workers see first-hand the devastating consequences of government policies that neglect the freedoms provided by the Human Rights Declaration. “People are sick of the political rhetoric and cruelty of the Australian government around people seeking asylum, and they are using their vote to show it, as we have seen in recent by-elections. This is very much an election issue now, and if the government isn’t willing to act on this as a humanitarian issue then perhaps the threat of losing office will move them to action. The election is an important time for those in all political parties to show moral leadership, honour our legacy of compassion and not pander to the politics of fear and racism.” As social workers, we will continue to advocate against human rights violations and look forward to the day when the Australian Government stops exploiting the public’s fear, misconceptions and prejudices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, asylum seekers and refugees for political gain, and becomes a global leader for human rights. The AASW represents over 11,000 professional social workers from around Australia. Christine Craik is an Ambassador for Kids off Nauru. Christine Craik is available for interview. [1] https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/australia [2] Ibid. Christmas Gift Idea: Different but very practical gift that shows you care 2018-11-29T05:42:15Z christmas-gift-idea-different-but-very-practical-gift-that-shows-you-care A personal breathalyser is certainly a different Christmas gift; one that’s very practical, may save a loved one’s driver’s licence, a hefty fine, or even their life. AlcoSense personal breathalysers provide accurate three decimal place alcohol readings and are easy to use, compact and reasonably priced. With a simple and fast one-button operation, AlcoSense breathalysers are especially useful for all drivers to use the next morning to ensure they only drive when their BAC is low. All AlcoSense personal breathalysers from Andatech are eligible for a lifetime warranty covered under the AlcoSense guarantee, which provides drivers with peace of mind that the device will keep providing accurate results time after time. There are 7 different models in the personal AlcoSense personal breathalyser range with prices from $199 to $499. The AlcoSense Elite 3, with an RRP of $219, is designed for convenience and portability. Its sleek and compact design makes it easy to carry and it comes with a case for storing the unit and extra mouthpieces. It's Australian Standard AS3547 Certified for accuracy and reliability, and is an excellent breathalyser for all users. https://www.andatech.com.au About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ [suggested caption] Be different! Give an AlcoSense personal breathalyser to a loved one at Christmas and know it may save their licence and a hefty fine. BAC: blood alcohol concentration Local adoption report published: A time to recommit to the best interests and cultural rights of Indigenous children 2018-11-27T00:44:37Z local-adoption-report-published-a-time-to-recommit-to-the-best-interests-and-cultural-rights-of-indigenous-children The Australian Association of Social Workers’ (AASW) submission to the Federal Government’s review into local adoptions has been cited in the report which was published yesterday, Breaking barriers: a national adoption framework for Australian children. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “The report marks an important time for governments to refocus and recommit to upholding the best interests of children in all adoption matters. “Children and young people in the care of the State are amongst the most vulnerable members of society. Adoption must only be considered when all other options for the child’s safety and wellbeing have been expertly assessed as not suitable.” AASW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative Director, Linda Ford said, “In ensuring their safety and wellbeing, attention must be paid to the child’s holistic needs. When working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the AASW contends that planning must be culturally appropriate, with a focus upon the child maintaining connection with their family, culture and other significant relationships. “With the rate of removal of Indigenous children being 10 times that of non-Indigenous children, the pain and trauma of removal of Indigenous children cannot be consigned to the past. “The system’s focus upon punitive removal measures has profound negative consequences, severing family and cultural ties, intensifying transgenerational trauma and contributing to the ongoing dispossession, disadvantage and oppression experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. “For cases where removal is in the best interests of the child, systemic change is needed to address barriers and lack of support available to Aboriginal families that could foster or adopt. Areas for change include the need to amend the inherent bias and discrimination in application forms that demand a certain literacy and education level for applicants. Factors such as these do not determine an individual’s capacity to provide a safe and caring home.” Ms Craik said, “It is governments’ responsibility to support families to live in safe environments, stopping the risk of abuse and neglect before it arises. “With 17 per cent of total child protection funding on family support services for children and their families, compared with 83 per cent on child protection services, the AASW calls on the government to focus efforts on early intervention and family support that are built on partnership and collaboration with Indigenous communities.” The AASW calls on governments to commit and redirect funding to supporting and working with Indigenous communities and families to ensure the rights and needs of every child is upheld. The AASW represents over 10,000 professional social workers from around Australia, many of whom work in child protection. Christine Craik and Linda Ford are available for interview. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: 25 November #HearMeToo 2018-11-21T01:43:44Z international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women-25-november-hearmetoo The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) supports the theme of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is this Sunday 25 November, #HearMeToo. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This has been yet another shocking year for violence against women in Australia, with 60 women killed in 2018. Many more are living with, or have survived family violence. “We also know that for many women, for many reasons, it’s not possible to speak. To those women, whose names we may never have the privilege of knowing, we take this occasion to say that we hear you, too; and that we notice the wisdom, the courage and the survival in your silence. “But let this not be another occasion on which women speak only to each other about the devastating consequences of gendered violence. To those who cause harm: we believe in your capacity to change. Only you are accountable to your choice to use violence, and to the pain and fear inflicted in the lives of women and their children. Only you are responsible for seeking support for your behaviour. Today, we implore you to seek support. “To those in positions of power, capable of beginning the huge cultural change we need in our society to end this violence against women, today we also implore you to have the courage and enact that change. “Australian social workers are committed to having a strong voice on matters of social justice and human rights, which is why, importantly, we want to remind Australian governments that gendered violence is common, but it is not inevitable. Gendered violence is a systemic issue, driven by gendered inequality, and it can be addressed by cultural change. “This can only occur when there is a concerted effort, and adequate investment, toward that end. We need a national coordination of prevention, early intervention, crisis and recovery. This is what we are calling on Australian governments to commit to today. As more and more women come forward to speak truth to power, to say ‘hear me, too’, we ask that governments be responsive to the building tide of social change; that one day, the leadership of this country might be able to say, ‘we did’.” Christine Craik is available for interview. She is a renowned expert in family violence and completing her PhD in the subject at RMIT University. Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. 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World Toilet Day Spotlights GFA’s Life-Changing Provision of Basic Facilities 2018-11-14T01:27:19Z world-toilet-day-spotlights-gfa-s-life-changing-provision-of-basic-facilities TOOWOOMBA, QLD  —   Ribbon-cutting ceremonies typically mark the opening of a grand new building, but in Asia they can even celebrate a more modest, but life-changing construction—of a simple outhouse.   The enthusiastically attended formal dedications follow the provision of desperately needed sanitation facilities, often available for use by multiple families, by GFA-supported (formerly Gospel for Asia, www.gfaau.org) workers helping improve the health and quality of life of those in low-income, rural communities.   As they are year-round, teams will be engaged in the construction of these outdoor toilets on World Toilet Day (Nov. 19), whose “When Nature Calls” theme spotlights the huge cost of inadequate sanitation. Providing everyone with basic sanitation by 2030 is one of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.   Currently, millions risk sickness and death from disease because they do not have access to a toilet, while women and girls are in danger of assault when forced to find a remote spot in the open to use as a  bathroom. Some girls stay home from school because a lack of facilities exposes them to danger.   Toilet construction has been part of GFA’s caring work for years, providing such basic essentials as a demonstration of God’s love and care for those on the margins of society. Last year, teams provided almost 6,500 toilets to communities across Asia.   Along with installing toilets, GFA-supported workers also drill community wells and distribute water filters, and teach good hygiene practices. That includes promoting the  “Swachh Bharat” open-defecation-free campaign—discouraging people from relieving themselves in the open—launched by the Indian government.   As part of its efforts, GFA is also attempting to raise more awareness of the scale of the health threat resulting from poor sanitation. The subject has been highlighted in a major article addressing key global issues that includes the following sobering statistics:  2.3 billion people live without basic sanitation facilities almost 900 million people with no alternative have to defecate in the open 280,000 deaths annually are linked to diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio, resulting from inadequate sanitation “Basic sanitation is not just about health, as vitally important as that is,” said GFA founder Dr. K.P. Yohannan. “It is also a matter of both safety and dignity. I praise God that he allows us to meet such basic needs in his name. God cares about all our life, and it is good for us to care about others in the same way.”   As evidence of GFA’s major emphasis on providing good sanitation, a new toilet is featured in its 2018 Christmas Gift Catalogue (https://www.gfaau.org/gift). Although it seems an unlikely gift, just $160 provides an outdoor toilet for families in need.   Previous recipients have told of how the provision of a simple toilet has greatly improved their lives. “They provide comfort and convenience with a sense of security and dignity to each member of the house,” said one man.   “We were forced to go out in an open area to relieve ourselves in spite of toilets available in the school, but they are broken and in a bad condition,” said a girl student in one community. “These new toilets will really be a blessing for us.”   # # #   To schedule an interview with a GFA representative, please contact Gregg Wooding @  972-567-7660 or gwooding@inchristcommunications.com.                                                                                                                                                                                                        GFA (www.gfaau.org) and its worldwide affiliates have—for almost 40 years—provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 70,000 children, free medical services in over 1,200 villages and remote communities, 4,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas gifts for more than 200,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. Social workers in Shepparton to quiz candidates ahead of Victorian state election 2018-11-07T04:58:00Z social-workers-in-shepparton-to-quiz-candidates-ahead-of-victorian-state-election The Goulburn Murray Social Workers Group, with the support of the AASW Victorian Branch, is hosting a “Meet the Candidates” forum of the Shepparton District tomorrow, Thursday in the lead up to Victoria’s state election, Saturday, 24 November 2018. Representatives who will be there include: Suzanna Sheed - Independent (current MP) Bill Heath - Labor Peter Schwarz - Nationals Nickee Freeman - Greens Liberal candidate Cheryl Hammer will be an apology. Goulburn Murray Social Workers spokesperson David Tennant and CEO of Family Care said, “The purpose of the forum is to ask local candidates how they plan to address the issues that are affecting marginalised sections of our community. We want to see these issues brought to the fore at this election. These include homelessness, child protection, family violence, rural and regional development, treaty and reconciliation and climate change. “This is an area of Victoria that politicians must watch. The 2014 state election saw a large shift in this district’s voting patterns and we want to make sure that prospective representatives are listening to our needs. “Social workers are busy every day in Shepparton working with individuals and rural communities to find solutions to the barriers they face; people that rarely get a say in political debates. Everyone deserves to have their voices heard.” AASW Victorian Branch President Alex Bhathal said, “This is an important opportunity for candidates in the state seat of Shepparton to present their perspectives on concerns that matter to a key professional grouping. Social workers are often the first health and community sector professionals to observe trends in social needs. Social workers also see the impacts of politicians’ decisions on people and communities. The AASW Victorian Branch welcomes this initiative by the Goulburn Murray Social Workers Group." A number of local organisations have contributed to making the discussion possible, including St. Vincent de Paul, The Lighthouse Project, Goulburn Valley Primary Care Partnership, and La Trobe University. The forum is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, 8 November, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at La Trobe University, Cnr Fryers and North Sts Shepparton. Light refreshments will be provided afterwards. Register your interest on Eventbrite by going to: http://bit.ly/GMSWG18. You can also call Lachlan on 0403 170 711 with any queries. ENDS About the Goulburn Murray Social Workers Group The Goulburn Murray Social Workers Group has a rich 20-year history, working to improve the wellbeing of some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in Shepparton and the Goulburn Murray region. It is affiliated with the AASW Victorian Branch and will soon submit an application to the Branch to become an official practice group. AASW Symposium provides global leadership on responding to trauma 2018-11-06T23:36:50Z aasw-symposium-provides-global-leadership-on-responding-to-trauma The Western Australian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers will host a thought-provoking and action-oriented Trauma Informed Care Symposium this Friday, 9 November in Perth. The Symposium has gathered together social work leaders and researchers from the Noongar nation, Australia and the United States to explore together how we can respond to the devastating impacts of trauma at individual, family, community and global levels. Some of the speakers who will be presenting at the Symposium include: Respected Noongar Elder Elizabeth Hayden joins Noongar social workers Glenda Kickett and Dr Michael Wright to begin the Symposium with a ‘Yarning about Trauma’ session with Elder Jim Morrison. Together, they bring decades of experience of working with people and communities who have experienced trauma across generations. Dr Alicia Boccellari from the University of California and the founder of the Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC), which she launched in 2001. This Centre works with victims of abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crimes. The AASW National President Christine Craik who has worked as a social worker in family support, housing, community health and hospitals with a focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse and refugees for almost three decades. Dr Ann O’Neill, who is an inspiring speaker, an award-winning humanitarian, victimologist, social worker, educator, activist, volunteer and researcher. Ann is a specialist in the areas of trauma, criminal victimisation and advocacy. AASW WA Branch President Michael Berry said, “When people are experiencing trauma and seek support they can be re-traumatised by the way in which individuals and services respond. This Symposium is an opportunity for people who work in this area to learn how to respond in ways that are healing. We are especially pleased to welcome Noongar Elders and have Dr Boccellari join us from the United States.” AASW National President Christine Craik said, “The Symposium aims to develop practice skills and knowledge for social workers and other workers who are responding to trauma at all levels. It will provide an opportunity for people to transform trauma, connect with each other to learn, challenge and share ideas.” Minister Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services was pleased the State Government through the Department of Communities was able to support this Symposium as a key sponsor. She said, “It is an excellent opportunity for social workers in our state to hear and learn from experts who respond to trauma. “I am a strong believer that we will only be able to address some of our most complex social issues by looking to evidence-based practice. “Understanding the impact of trauma on brain development, children’s well-being and family functioning is crucial to improving outcomes for individuals and families who have experienced trauma.” The AASW encourages live tweeting during the event, with the hashtag #AASWTrauma Register on the AASW’s website. You can also flag that you are attending the Symposium on Facebook and check into the event on the day. AASW National President Christine Craik is available for interview. ENDS Diamond Sponsor: Supported by the Department of Communities www.communities.wa.gov.au Silver Sponsors: AnglicareWA, angelhands, RUAH Community Services, Indigo Junction, Slater and Gordon Lawyers Media contact AASW Angela Yin Communications Lead P 03 9320 1005 M 0413 532 954 Media contact Department of Communities Steve Worner Manager, Media Relations Phone 08 6217 4077 Population Review needs to be balanced and sensitive to community cohesion says Settlement Services International 2018-11-02T02:05:31Z population-review-needs-to-be-balanced-and-sensitive-to-community-cohesion-says-settlement-services-international-1 Settlement Services International (SSI) welcomes NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s appointment of an expert panel to develop a population policy for NSW, especially if it brings balance, fact and data on Australia’s migration program and ensures Australia’s successful multicultural social fabric and community cohesion are not undermined. The panel will consider "the current rate of population growth and infrastructure pipeline" and "how long is needed for infrastructure to catch up with population growth rates". In her announcement (link: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/the-premier/media-releases-from-the-premier/nsw-launches-first-population-review/), the Premier renewed her call for net overseas migration levels to return to more sustainable Howard-era rates until a proper population policy is put in place. She said, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure.” A "Howard era" benchmark — when NSW's net migration averaged at 45,000 people per year under the Howard government — would require halving the current levels, which have averaged above 100,000 for the past two years. SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said, “Discussions about levels of immigration are essential in an inclusive and democratic country like Australia, however we do not want to compromise our successful multicultural cohesion by focusing only on impacts to planning and infrastructure.” Ms Roumeliotis said while Ms Berejiklian believed, "NSW’s economic success is attracting a far greater share of total immigrant numbers than it has in the past" she also needed to acknowledge that much of that economic success could be attributed to the migrant population. She said, “Migration has clear economic and social benefits for Australia. Australia’s migration levels prevented our economy going into a technical recession after the World Financial Crisis. “The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Migrant Intake into Australia (2016) found that with net migration at the historic average rate, GDP per person is projected to increase by some 7% relative to zero net overseas migration by 2060.” Ms Roumeliotis said there were planning pressures in any big city but “we must remember that migrants come to Australia with high levels of social and economic capital and a strong willingness to contribute and, further, have shaped modern Australia since World War II.” She said SSI supported the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that, in determining migrant intake, the Australian government should give greater consideration to the implications for planning and investment and that State and Territory governments should develop detailed infrastructure plans that are consistent with population growth. She said SSI also agreed with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations that the Australian government: develop and articulate a population policy, and calibrate the size of the annual migrant intake according to that population policy; and in determining the migration intake, give greater consideration to planning and investment in infrastructure. However, Ms Roumeliotis said, “Planning of population levels and infrastructure should involve all levels of government and other stakeholders, including industry and employer bodies, education and training providers, other service providers, academia, planners and representatives of relevant migrant and other community groups.” Settlement Services International have co-hosted the International Metropolis Conference held this week in Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au www.ssi.org.au NOTES TO EDITORS For more information and interviews with Violet Roumeliotis, please contact: Stephen Webb l swebb@ssi.org.au l 0488 684 163 Shergold to take an evidence-based approach to NSW population policy 2018-11-01T00:27:30Z shergold-to-take-an-evidence-based-approach-to-nsw-population-policy Western Sydney University Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold who was announced on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian’s three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy, addressed a global delegation at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney yesterday. When asked about his involvement in the panel he told the 700 strong audience: ''We need to take an evidence-based approach to ascertain how much of the problem is one of urban infrastructure and how much of it relates to temporary and permanent migration. ''I look forward to gathering a range of opinions and data to assist in making recommendations to the Premier,” said Professor Shergold. Premier Berejiklian announced on Wednesday that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International and Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley I Senior Account Manager, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro I Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and subject to approval. If you would like a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at the ICC Sydney 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience center-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st Century migration, to shape 21st Century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au Migrants blamed for infrastructure woes 2018-10-31T23:36:28Z migrants-blamed-for-infrastructure-woes Acclaimed social researcher Professor Stephen Castles says migrants are being used as scapegoats by politicians as they exploit the increased feeling of vulnerability of their constituents and frustration with infrastructure at International Metropolis Conference, held in Sydney this week. “While 28% of our population comes from overseas, it’s always been that the latest group is to blame for the problems we face on the day. “In the 50’s it was the Italians and Greeks, in the 60’s it was the Vietnamese who were blamed for crime, the drug trade and so on. Professor Castles’ message is timely as yesterday the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. Yesterday she appointed a three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy to take to the federal government next year. "It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. As reported in The Guardian (31 October 2018)[1], permanent arrivals in Australia are the same as the time under Howard, however net overseas migrants have been driven by students, tourists and skilled migrants. On the plight of refugees and asylum seekers Professor Castles says that while these groups get a lot of attention, in numbers they only constitute a very small part of our intake, the largest part is from skilled migration, people with permission to come here, work and stay permanently. “We have to change the perceptions that economic migration is good and persecuted migration is bad, it is terribly short-sighted. Across the world, there are 30,000 people a day who must leave their homes to seek asylum, and Australia only takes roughly 15,000 people a year. “Refugees have made a huge contribution to economy and society, and it isn’t fair not to recognise that. “Australia used to be a leader in human rights, and now we have become a leader in violating human rights. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au -ends- Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au [1] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/10/gladys-berejikilian-calls-for-immigration-cut-but-it-could-cost-nsw ‘Tis the season! Remove allergens, pet hair, bad odours and germs 2018-10-31T01:10:22Z tis-the-season-remove-allergens-pet-hair-bad-odours-and-germs With nearly 1 in 5 Australians suffering allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and the sale of hay fever medicines doubling1 as a result, it’s good to know that an air purifier can trap 99.97% of allergens down to 0.3 microns in size. Simply using an air purifier could help reduce the need for expensive and invasive medicines such as nasal sprays and oral antihistamines, and they can be used in the home, at the office and even in vehicles. Hay fever does occur throughout the year but peaks in October and November. ACT has the highest rate of allergic rhinitis (26%), followed by Tasmania (23%), South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia (all 21%), and NSW (19%). The lowest rates were in NT (12%) and Qld (17%). Unlike many health conditions, allergic rhinitis is most common in the middle years of life: 15 to 59 years and is triggered by an allergic reaction. Common triggers include house dust, animal fur, pollens, fungal spores and air pollutants. The highest standard of air purifiers use HEPA filters, which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and designates that the filters are able to trap 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. One of Australia’s largest suppliers of portable air purifiers is Andatech with its Ionmax products that range from a personal unit that can be used in cars, trucks and on aeroplanes, to a larger model, the ION390, which can be placed in open spaces at home and in offices. The unit combines three forms of efficient air purification technologies: HEPA filtration, UV light and negative ions. Five-step filtration process The intelligent Ionmax ION390 UV HEPA Air Purifier utilises a five-step filtration process to completely and efficiently filter and clean indoor air. Starting with the pre-filter, the ION390 removes large airborne articles from the air. The HEPA air purifier filter then removes microscopic particles from the air, while the carbon filter removes undesirable odours and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). The next step is the Titanium Dioxide filter and the UV lamp, which work hand-in-hand to break down harmful contaminants in the air and kill mould, bacteria and viruses. Finally, the ION390 UV HEPA Air Purifier releases negative ions into the air to help revitalise and refresh indoor air. Ionmax air purifiers help to clean and filter the air not only of dust, hair and dander, but also from airborne allergens, bacteria, viruses, odours and harmful chemicals. With added features such as negative ionisers, UVC lamps and improved filters, Ionmax air purifiers ensure clean, healthy air anywhere and anytime. Andatech’s HEPA air purifiers have a large air intake that traps airborne particles at a rate of more than 99%, eliminating many fine particles and allergens from the air. By placing an Ionmax air purifier in the home or workplace, users can enjoy healthier, cleaner air free of pollutants. Portable and stylish, they also operate quietly and their compact design makes them easy to move around different rooms. Ionmax air purifiers are energy efficient and affordably priced so clean and healthy indoor air is accessible to everyone. Jamie, who runs a small business (office) in tandem with a commercial kitchen, said, “I noticed that the kitchen odours were substantially less when leaving the filter running on [the] lowest setting. The staff were unaware I had implemented the filter, but hay fever in the office literally stopped the day I put it in.” Bryan purchased an ION390 from Sleep Solutions and said, “On the first night [after purchasing it and] running the filter for four hours I had one of my best night sleeps in a long time.” https://www.andatech.com.au/air-purifiers/ Ends Further information: 1 https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-respiratory-conditions/allergic-rhinitis-hay-fever/contents/allergic-rhinitis-by-the-numbers RRP of ION390 is $369 (HEPA filter) RRP of ION401 is $299 (Ionic tower) RRP of ION330 is $149 (car & desktop model) RRP of ION260 is $69 (personal, wearable with 2 x AA batteries) RRP of ION420 is $299 (HEPA filter) About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ HIGH RES IMAGES CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE WMC PR PRESS OFFICE AT: https://wmcpr.com.au/tis-the-season-remove-allergens-pet-hair-bad-odours-and-germs/ or send an email to Wendy McWilliams at wendy@wmcpr.com.au Migrants more likely to start businesses, win Nobel Prizes, Academy awards and lodge patents 2018-10-30T04:55:55Z migrants-more-likely-to-start-businesses-win-nobel-prizes-academy-awards-and-lodge-patents World renowned expert on migration research, Professor Ian Goldin from Oxford University, revealed fresh evidence of the impact of migration for growth of economies, fiscal costs and benefits at the International Metropolis Conference, in Sydney this week. Professor Goldin’s research, conducted in conjunction with Citi, found that across the globe migrants are: 2 to 3 times more likely to start businesses 2 to 4 times more likely to start ‘unicorn’ businesses 2 to 3 times more likely to win Nobel Prizes 2 to 4 times more likely to lodge patents The report, Migration and the Economy: Economic Realities, Social Impacts and Political Choice, throws light on the growing disconnect between public perceptions of migration and the actual trends. For in many advanced economies, migration has become a toxic issue in election campaigns and political debate, however the authors’ fiscal analysis shows no evidence of the negative perceptions of the impact of migration. Migrant advocate and entrepreneur, Ms Tolu Olubunmi, said whilst the statistics paint the picture, it was the ‘stories of the seekers of truth, and the curators of change’ that make the biggest impact. “The free movement of people is not a problem to be solved, but rather a human reality to be managed. There are 244 million international migrants, 65.3 million of which have been forced from their homes, and 21 million are refugees. “Rather than trying to work out what the statistics mean, I focus on the individual lives hidden in the shadows of the numbers. I focus on the fathers and the mothers, the employers and the employees, the displaced and the determined.” As a child, Tolu was brought to the USA from Nigeria. After completing her chemical engineering degree, she discovered she didn’t have the legal status to work in her profession. This crushing blow, inspiring her to take action. “Being able to live your best life, is sometimes determined by having a certain piece of paper. I had a clear choice, to leave the fate of my life to others who were much more powerful than me, or to be part of the solution and start advocating to change the USA law.” She was the first, and only, “DREAMer” working full-time advocating for access to legal status and higher education for migrant youth in the USA. Her intuitive knowledge of effectively shifting culture, coupled with an unrelenting pursuit of the technical skills necessary to build and message movements, launched a career that took her from The National Immigration Law Centre to the Obama White House and then the world stage. Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), conference co-chair and current Telstra Business Woman of the Year, said Australia’s conversation around migration and multiculturalism draws a sharp dichotomy. “On one hand we have generous resettlement programs, and a strong history of welcoming people, however, we’ve also had the White Australia policy and have drawn international criticism for our offshore processing program. “We live within a complex global environment, and there is no such thing as ‘business as usual’ in migration. “We have world experts, people with lived experience and policy makers together in this unique think tank here at Metropolis. We want you to come up with new ideas, be challenging and be challenged,” said Ms Roumeliotis. The International Metropolis Conference Sydney runs from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November at the International Convention Centre Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au Tolu Olubunmi, Global Migration Advocate Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International [1] https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/publications/view/2712 Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au Soap-and-Water Lessons Bring Health and Help to Some of Asia’s Struggling Poor 2018-10-30T03:11:47Z soap-and-water-lessons-bring-health-and-help-to-some-of-asia-s-struggling-poor TOOWOOMBA, QLD  —   A simple bar of soap is making a big difference in the lives of people in impoverished communities across Asia. Distributed by GFA-supported workers (www.gfaau.ca), it is the centerpiece of a hygiene awareness drive that improves the health and welfare of many living on the margins. While the cleanliness campaign goes on year-round through its varied ministry-supported programs, the organization brings an additional emphasis to it to mark Global Handwashing Day (Oct. 15). The annual event, whose 2018 theme is “Clean Hands—A Recipe for Health,” aims to increase awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way of preventing sickness.    To mark the day, GFA-supported teams across Asia will be holding special handwashing presentations at some of the Bridge of Hope centres they run, and also in local schools and village meeting places.   The events include a special video offering an explanation of how disease can be spread by handling food with dirty hands, and a demonstration of effective handwashing. Participants are given an opportunity to practice the proper technique, and also receive a free bar of soap to take home with them. Basic hygiene steps like these can reduce sickness, which means families have to spend less of their limited income on medicines, and also lose less work time. According to organizers of Global Handwashing Day, up to 70 percent of cases of diarrhea may be associated with poor food hygiene. The handwashing lessons are just part of GFA-supported broader healthcare work, which also includes free medical checkups, distribution of water filters, and drilling fresh water wells. These initiatives are in turn part of GFA’s efforts to share God’s love through practical care.   “Frequent sickness only makes the lives of the poor that much harder,” said Dr. Daniel Johnson, leader of the GFA-supported medical ministry. “Yet it is possible to make significant improvements in health by taking some basic hygiene precautions. By sharing these lessons, we want to show people that God loves them and cares for their well-being.”   One GFA-supported presenter told a handwashing class, “To protect from sickness, we need to wash our hands before and after doing any work. Our hands are our future.”    A 13-year-old girl who participated in one of the presentations said later that she intended to use the little money she had to buy more soap for all her family to use.   The presentation even impacted a teacher at one of the schools visited by a GFA-supported team. “Many times, I ate food without washing my hands,” she said. “But I have learned today that if I wash hands properly before and after food or work I will be healthy. Thank you so much for bringing this awareness among us.” ###                                                                                                                                                      GFA World (www.gfaau.ca) and its worldwide affiliates have—for almost 40 years—provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 70,000 children, free medical services in over 1,200 villages and remote communities, 4,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 200,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry.