Household financial stress rises in June quarter: Australia

first_imgHousehold financial stress rises in June quarter: Australia Australian households experienced increased financial stress in the June 2020 quarter compared to the combined three previous quarters, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).The results, collected before and during the introduction of government economic responses to COVID-19, are the first in a series of quarterly releases from the ABS’ Survey of Income and Housing.ABS Head of Household Surveys, David Zago, said more households had experienced at least one indicator of financial stress in the June 2020 quarter (38 per cent) compared to the previous three quarters (34 per cent).“We can start to see the early effects of COVID-19 on the financial wellbeing of different types of households during the June 2020 quarter. Future updates will tell us more about the full effect on household finances of responses like JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement,” Mr Zago said.Financial stress increased for households with employee earnings as their main source of income, with the proportion experiencing at least one indicator of financial stress rising to 37 per cent in the June 2020 quarter, up from 31 per cent in the previous three quarters.“We found more employee households (14 per cent) sought financial help from friends or family in the June quarter than during the previous nine months (11 per cent), or sought assistance from welfare or community organisations (4 per cent, up from 2 per cent),” Mr Zago said.“More employee households drew down on savings in the June 2020 quarter (11 per cent, up from 8 per cent) and increased credit card debt by $1,000 or more (6 per cent, up from 4 per cent) to meet basic living expenses.”Average weekly income from government payments increased by $36 per week in the June 2020 quarter, compared to previous quarters, to an average of $243 per household. This increase is likely understated, as many households were interviewed prior to support payments such as the Coronavirus Supplement for JobSeeker recipients. /ABS Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ABS, abs data, Australia, Australian, community, coronavirus, covid-19, credit card, Effect, Family, Government, housing, JobKeeper, JobSeeker, statistics, stress, survey, wellbeinglast_img read more

Who Really Inherited Darwin’s Legacy? You Might Be Surprised to Learn

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man David KlinghofferSenior Fellow and Editor, Evolution NewsDavid Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.Follow DavidProfileTwitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsAdam SedgwickCambridge UniversityCenter for Science & CultureCharles DarwinCNSNewscreationismDarwin DayDarwinian theorydebateDebating Darwin’s Doubtdistracted walkingevolutionfootballfree speechgreat evolutionary firewallHarvard UniversityHerman BoumaID the Futureintelligent designIt’s Still Debatable!John WestJonathan WittKarl NageliLouis AgassizMichael BeheNational Science Teaching AssociationOn the Origin of SpeciesSarah Chaffeescience teachingSt. LouisUniversity of Munichzoos,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Free Speech Who Really Inherited Darwin’s Legacy? You Might Be Surprised to LearnDavid KlinghofferFebruary 12, 2020, 1:38 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Herman Bouma directs the National Association for Objectivity in Science. He came to my attention last year when Sarah Chaffee reported here and here on his experience being strong-armed and tossed out by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) at their conference in St. Louis. His offense? Merely showing up for a scheduled and approved presentation he was set to deliver to anyone interested in attending. NSTA officials and security guards hustled him out.Darwin and His ApostlesThe presentation was supposed to be in praise of Charles Darwin for Darwin’s willingness to engage respectfully with critics. Bouma recalls the incident in an article today for CNSNews, for Darwin Day. Bouma makes a great point about the difference between Darwin himself and his latter-day apostles (as, remarkably, some call themselves):Darwin took great care to reply thoughtfully to the scientific arguments against his theory and, by the time of the sixth edition of his book [On the Origin of Species] in 1872, approximately one-third of the book consisted of his response to numerous scientific arguments against his theory (all of which still have merit today).Darwin clearly took his critics seriously, and did so even though most were proponents of design. He never considered the theory of design to be unscientific and in fact stated that it “has been ably maintained by many authors.” (Even he theorized that the first forms of life were the result of design.) Darwin treated his critics with respect, referring to them as “the most eminent paleontologists” and “our greatest geologists”. Darwin acknowledged that there were “a crowd of difficulties” with his theory and that a number of objections carried great weight.For example, one objection was based on the existence in certain insect communities of sterile females which “often differ widely in instinct and in structure from both the males and fertile females, and yet, from being sterile, they cannot propagate their kind.” Darwin stated that this difficulty “at first appeared to me insuperable, and actually fatal to the whole theory.”Darwin’s response to his critics makes clear that he was interested in carrying on a civilized and rational debate, taking his critics’ objections seriously and responding to them not with deprecation, but with evidence and logic. In this respect, Darwin is an example for all to follow today. Unfortunately, many in science education today strongly oppose the mention of any arguments against the theory of natural selection.You know what? Darwin is indeed “an example for all to follow today.” This may sound surprising from a proponent of intelligent design. But think about it: by the sixth edition of On the Origin of Species, Darwin was devoting a third of his text to engaging seriously with critics. He recognized that there were strengths and weaknesses, as we say today, to his theory. Bouma mentions a few of the leading design advocates at the time — Louis Agassiz at Harvard, Adam Sedgwick at Cambridge, Karl Nageli at the University of Munich. Darwin “took great care” to respond to able scientists like these.A Reversed SituationNotice how the situation has reversed itself. Darwin’s apostles generally brush off criticism, caricaturing it as “creationism,” taking shelter behind the “great evolutionary firewall” in the scientific literature. Or they pay lip service to the merit of debate. Bouma mentions a publication from the NSTA, the national education group that shut him down at the St. Louis conference. The title: It’s Still Debatable! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, K–5. What’s debatable? From the book description:It’s Still Debatable! encourages scientific literacy by showing you how to teach the content and thinking skills K–5 students need to explore real-world questions like these:Is football too dangerous for kids?Do we need zoos?Should distracted walking be illegal?At the core of the exploration is the Socioscientific Issues Framework. It uses debatable, science-related societal questions, or socioscientific issues, to address science content, help children learn to apply the content, and encourage them to become informed citizens.Ah, you see, it’s fine to debate about football, zoos, and distracted walking. What about the origins of life and of biological complexity? Now, that’s a different matter. Just raising the issue, as Bouma did, will get you frogmarched out of a science teaching conference.No “ID Firewall”Meanwhile it is ID scientists like Michael Behe who are, in a sense, the real inheritors of Darwin’s legacy. As Professor Behe mentioned in a recent ID the Future podcast with host Jonathan Witt, his next book is devoted entirely to exchanges with serious critics. Over at his newly expanded website, Behe has an extensive page with numerous links to articles devoted to his replies to critics of his most recent book, Darwin Devolves. Dr. Behe has, in this way, been following in Darwin’s path for decades. For design scientists today, there’s no “ID firewall” to hide behind. They would disdain to take shelter there if there were.So, today is Darwin Day, the birthday of Charles Darwin. What’s the best way to celebrate? John West was not being facetious earlier today when he suggested that the best birthday gift you can give to the great man is a contribution to Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. It is proponents of ID who are carrying on the truest, most noble aspect of Darwin’s legacy. For your $25 gift, you will receive a downloadable copy of a book I edited, with an appropriate debate theme, the 380-page Debating Darwin’s Doubt. Please consider taking Dr. West’s advice now.Photo credit: Ryan McGuire via Pixabay. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidelast_img read more