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Chief’s “cut and paste” report on Korea trip

Wodonga chief executive Patience Harrington.SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WORLD FORUM: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA


To provide a report on the attendance of Cr Mahood and the Chief Executive Officer at theSocial Enterprise World Forum conference in Korea held in October 2014.


Wodonga’s future requires new approaches to doing business, and social enterprise presentsa vehicle for achieving this. Social enterprises:

– operate for more than profit alone;

– foster social and environmental innovation; and

– are accountable to their employees, consumers and communities.

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Social enterprise is, and will be, critical to the economy of Wodonga and the social enterprise business model could be an active choice for many of our city’s most innovative groups and entrepreneurs.

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The common thread of a social enterprise approach is to move beyond a ‘business as usual’‟ approach to tackling economic and social challenges.

There are many opportunities in the Wodonga economy where social enterprise can have a significant beneficial impact.

These include the creation of jobs for people excluded from work, local communities designing innovative solutions tochallenges they face, and community investment in the green economy.

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Key themes during the conference included social enterprise as an employability solution, social care and health innovations in social enterprise, as well as workshops dealing with social investment, social innovation, education, and creating supportive social enterprise ecosystems.

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What is a Social Enterprise?

Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good. They use the methods and disciplines ofbusiness and the power of the marketplace to advance their social, environmental and human justice agendas.

Three characteristics distinguish a social enterprise from other types of businesses, not-for-profits and government agencies:

– It directly addresses an intractable social need and serves the common good, either through its products and services or through the number of disadvantaged people it employs.

­ Its commercial activity is a strong revenue driver, whether a significant earned income stream within a not-for-profit’s mixed revenue portfolio, or a for- profit enterprise.

— The common good is its primary purpose, literally “baked into” the organisation’s DNA, and trumping all others.

In its early days, the social enterprise movement was identified mainly with not-for-profits that used business models and earned income strategies to pursue their mission. Today, it also encompasses for-profits whose driving purpose is social.

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Social Enterprise Leverage

Social enterprises produce higher social returns on investment than other models.

On one hand, they produce direct, measurable public benefits. A classic employment-focused social enterprise, for example, might serve at least four public aims:

– Fiscal responsibility — It reduces the myriad costs of public supports for people facing barriers, by providing a pathway to economic self-sufficiency for those it employs.

– Public safety — It makes the community in which it operates safer by disrupting cycles of poverty, crime, incarceration, chemical dependency and homelessness.

– Economic opportunity — It improves the pool of human capital and creates jobs in communities in need of economicrenewal.

– Social justice — It gives a chance to those most in need.

Social enterprises produce these benefits while reducing the draw on public and philanthropic funds.

Their earned income streams can supplement or replace grants and donations to produce a higher return on investment.

For example, a not-for-profit that earns 50% of its budget through its social enterprise is effectively matching every dollar of “public income” with a dollar of “marketplace income”, doubling the social return on investment of those public dollars.

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Social entrepreneurship is the product of individuals, organisations, and networks that challenge conventional structures by addressing failures, and identifying new opportunities, in the institutional arrangements that currently cause the inadequate provision or unequal distribution of social and environmental goods.

Social enterprise is a business model which contributes to a more sustainable society by offering the prospect of greater equity in economic participation.

Taken from Australian stories of Social Enterprise, by Cheryl Kernot and Joanne McNeill, University of NSW, 2011

Social enterprise offers a business model where people can be given a direct voice in running their organisation, and where people can positively change their lives and the lives of those around them.

The value of social enterprise can be seen beyond its economic contribution. It embraces the principles of mutualism, participation and community ownership, while being driven by

competitiveness, productivity and sustainability.

Social enterprise is an approach that brings together the best of business and communitydevelopment.

As Wodonga grows and experiences increasing demand for services it will be important to work with the community to ensure that those people and groups that struggle to gain employmentare actively engaged in activities that impact productively on their every-day lives, and have meaningful links to the community.

Wodonga already has many community managed organisations that are social enterprises or have similar characteristics (e.g. Westmont and Uniting Care), however the opportunity to grow this sector utilising the learning from the conference are significant.

Since attending the conference in Seoul council is defining the opportunity to conduct acommunity forum that showcases existing social enterprises in Wodonga. New and emergingopportunities for the private sector to be involved in supporting these ventures are beingorganised. This may involve some of the key participants who were in attendance at the special enterprise forum in Seoul.

Not lifted, words by Patience Harrington

Wodonga’s approach will be threefold:

1. Continue to invest in building the capacity, confidence and business skills of those individuals and groups

who are most vulnerable and often marginalised from employmentopportunities;

2. Empower communities to acquire, manage and exploitcommunity assets for community benefit; and,

3. Enable sustainable growth in the social economy through strong social enterprises.

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Chief Executive Officer – Patience Harrington

In providing this advice as the report author,I have no interests to disclose in this report.


That the report on the Social Enterprise World Forum Seoul South Korea be received and noted.

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Member for Katherine ’absolutely delighted’ with cabinet reshuffle

MILESTONE MOMENT: Member for Katherine Willem Westra van Holthe is sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister at Government House on February 10.MEMBER for Katherine Willem Westra van Holthe is officially the Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister following a swearing in ceremony in Darwin on February 10.

The ceremony and corresponding cabinet reshuffle were the result of a failed leadership coup earlier this month, in which Mr Westra van Holthe attempted toreplace Adam Giles as the Territory’s chief minister.

As part of theministerial reallocations, the Member for Katherinebecame the Public Employment Minister, while also losing the controversial Mines and Energy portfolio toborn-again minister Dave Tollner.

Mr Westra van Holthe said he was “absolutely delighted” with the cabinet reshuffle, adding that he believed he had the skillset needed to deliver for Territorians with his new portfolio.

“I think that we’ve got a terrific team going forward, and it really does focus on the strengths of the individual minsters,” he said.

“I’m a reasonable negotiator, in my view, and obviously being involved in the public sector, strong negotiation skills are essential.”

When asked whetherhe was pleased that theMines and Energy andPrimary Industry and Fisheries portfolios had beenseparated, he said he had never believed holding both ministries had presented a problem.

“I mean, I’ve never really accepted that there’s ever been a conflict between the two,” he said.

“I’m more than capable of separating the work around both of those with a view to reaching the best possible decisions we can.

“I’m sure Dave Tollner will do an excellent job as the Minister for Mines and Energy,” he said.

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Herald Breakfast – February 18

Weather:Partly cloudy. Areas of fog, mainly about the Upper Hunter, early this morning. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. Light winds becoming E/NE 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.

Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.

Trains: No current delays.

Beachwatch:NE swell 2 ft @ 9-10 seconds. NE winds 4 knots. Small semi clean surf, S facing locations will be the best bet for a wave. We have a high tide at 8:32am so it will fill up on the beach breaks, we should start to see a increase in swell later in the day and winds will increase from the NE later on.

Morning Shot:Instagrammer @raeallen shared this shot of her trip to Newcastle.

Rail document found in Owen office: Labor:A CABINET document that shows the government rejected advice from Transport for NSW about the best light rail route in Newcastle was found in former Liberal MP Tim Owen’s office, it has been revealed.

Councils get $17m handout:HUNTER local councils have been handed more than $17million in ‘‘no strings attached’’ handouts from the federal government, in the latest round of financial assistance grants.

Live rabbits found in raid on greyhound property:HUNTER greyhound trainer John O’Brien has admitted keeping eight live European rabbits in cages on his Congewai property, but denied any involvement in live baiting after explosive evidence of systemic cheating uncovered by ABC’s Four Corners program.

Players go unpaid as ATO seizes Tinkler revenue stream:THE pressure on Nathan Tinkler intensified on Tuesday when it emerged the Australian Tax Office had stepped in to seize the Football Federation Australia funding used to pay Newcastle Jets players.

As Bali nine duo wait on death row, US states look to bring back firing squad executions

The firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two of the Bali nine members, are facing death by firing squad in Indonesia. Photo: Anta Kesuma

The firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah.

The firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two of the Bali nine members, are facing death by firing squad in Indonesia. Photo: Anta Kesuma

The firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two of the Bali nine members, are facing death by firing squad in Indonesia. Photo: Anta Kesuma

New hope for Bali nine pair as transfer postponed

New York: With the Bali nine duo preparing to face death by firing squad in Indonesia in a matter of days, a shortage of lethal injection drugs has seen a push to bring back the firing squad in two American states gather pace.

The Utah House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation last week that would allow firing squads to carry out executions in situations where lethal injection drugs could not be procured within 30 days of a planned execution. The legislation must now go to the state Senate for approval.

Getting a sufficient supply of the drugs usually used to carry out lethal injections – the primary method of execution in all states that still administer capital punishment in the USA – has become a significant problem in recent years, after at least two major drugs companies in Europe, which previously exported the substances to the US, refused to continue to do so on the grounds they did not want to be involved in the implementation of capital punishment.

This disruption has led to some states looking either for alternative new drug combinations or other methods of execution.

Utah Republican Representative Paul Ray is the chief sponsor of the bill, called HB11, which would, in his words, make the firing squad a “back-up” option if the state was unable to procure the drugs required to carry out a lethal injection in the 30 days before a scheduled execution.

He believes it is “definitely more humane” than other methods, and says the State still has the infrastructure to carry it out, given the firing squad was used in the recent past.

Until 2004, prisoners sentenced to death could opt to choose the firing squad over lethal injection as method for their own death, with the last execution by firing squad in Utah carried out in 2010.

“It was not controversial here in Utah,” Mr Ray told Fairfax Media. “It was in Europe and other places, more liberal places, but here it is an accepted means of carrying out the death penalty. The media circus that we get is international press and press from the East Coast here in the US.”

A similar push is gathering pace in Wyoming to reintroduce firing squads, with legislation there also recently passing the State House.

An eyewitness report from the 2010 execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner in Utah described how the prisoner was strapped to a chair surrounded by sandbags, with a target affixed to his chest.

A journalist from the Associated Press described how Mr Gardner clenched his fists and tried to lift his arms as the bullets tore through him.

Critics of the bill oppose it both on the grounds of broad opposition to the death penalty, and concerns about the specific method.

“If not shot in the heart, the prisoner bleeds to death slowly,” said Utah Representative Brian King, a Democrat, according to Reuters. He also raised concern about the the impact on those in the firing squad who may experience “psychological trauma of participating in a cold-blooded execution.”

Representative Sandra Hollins, an African American woman and Democrat, objected on the grounds that capital punishment “disproportionately affects my community… [it] also is not fairly given over social economic status, race or gender lines.”

Attempts to get around the drug supply shortage through experimentation with new combinations of drugs has led to claims of prolonged, painful botched executions and sparked a Supreme Court Review.

Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Centre (DPIC), told Fairfax Media he believed states pushing for the reintroduction of firing squads would prefer to continue lethal injections, which are viewed as a more “clean” and “modern” and a less controversial method.

“Firing squad may be quick but if anything goes wrong then you bleed to death and it’s slow, there have been instances in the US where just a slight movement by the inmate caused the shooter to miss the heart and so, slowly, the person dies from loss of blood,” he said.

“I think they’ll find a way to get different drugs or make the drugs themselves, these efforts are an attempt to tell the courts not to interfere with secrecy and trying new drugs,” he said.

“If the death penalty is to survive it’s got to look at least technologically adept and modern and humane… the firing squad… it’s messy, it’s loud… it would be very surprising if that became our method.”

Support for the death penalty as punishment for murder has dropped substantially in the past few decades in the USA but 55 per cent of Americans remain in favour of the practice, according to a 2013 Pew study.

Though lethal injection is the primary method of execution in the US, several states still allow electrocution, gas and hanging, while Oklahoma, like Utah, also allows firing squad in the event lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional, according to the DPIC.

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, two Australian members of the Bali nine, may soon face a firing squad in Indonesia, although their transfer from Bali has been delayed giving some small amount of hope to their supporters and families.

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Man held former partner captive for three weeks in Sydney’s west, police say

A man who allegedly held his former partner captive for three weeks in his home in Sydney’s west has been charged with assault and kidnapping offences.

The 46-year-old will appear in Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday after allegedly detaining the 50-year-old woman in Canley Vale last month.

Police will allege in court that the woman went to her former partner’s home in Canley Vale in January to collect her belongings, when the man turned violent and would not let her leave.

The man is accused of being in possession of a prohibited weapon during the three weeks he allegedly held her captive in his home.

A NSW Police spokesman said the extent of the woman’s injuries was not clear, and no further details were available about what happened during the three weeks she was held.

The woman was allegedly freed on the weekend and alerted police, who arrested the 46-year-old man at Cabramatta Police Station on Tuesday morning.

He was charged with six offences, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contravening an apprehended violence order, detaining a person in company with intent to get advantage or occasion actual bodily harm, and possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit.

The man was refused police bail to appear in court on Wednesday.

Police have urged anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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