Human Trafficking in Australia
2007 - Volume 10 Number 8
Human trafficking is a complex crime that transcends national boundaries and impacts on many different countries, including Australia. The purpose of trafficking is sexual or labour based exploitation where the victim is usually deceived about the type and conditions of work they are being recruited for. Australia’s effort to tackle this crime has come from both the government and the community, however combating this phenomenon is no easy task – especially since there is widespread disagreement as to the types of conduct that amount to trafficking.
Con Jobs: Why WorkChoices and Welfare to Work fail the vulnerable
2007 - Volume 10 Number 7
Recent changes to Australia’s industrial relations and welfare systems are carrying a very real human cost – and it is our most vulnerable citizens who are forced to pay the price.
Home Truths: The Housing Crisis in Australia
2007 - Volume 10 Number 6
Our homes offer shelter, a refuge from the world and a financial asset. Indeed access to safe and secure housing is a human right. However, in light of soaring housing prices and the cramped and competitive Australian housing market, home ownership is becoming a struggle, housing stress is on the rise, and the amount and quality of social housing available for vulnerable Australians is undermined.