Abortion



Woman pens open letter to the unborn child she plans to abort

Emily Arata - Courier Mail

A WOMAN has written a heart-rending letter to the child she will abort next week.


Charities & NFP



Hillsong leader Brian Houston breaks silence on paedophile father: ‘It was wrong not to report him’

Ben McClellan - The Daily Telegraph

HILLSONG Church head Brian Houston told thousands of his followers it was wrong of him not to report his paedophile father to police, but said other senior church leaders also knew and did nothing.


Education



Premiers hail curriculum focus on life’s building blocks

Natasha Bita - The Australian

STATE governments hailed the “back to basics’’ curriculum review yesterday but teachers’ unions and Labor dismissed it as a “distraction’’ from federal funding cuts.


Subjects fine-tuned as schools go back to basics

Justine Ferrari - The Australian

PRIMARY schools should focus on teaching literacy and numeracy, Australia’s Judaeo-Christian heritage should be given greater emphasis, and a “tokenistic” ­approach to key classroom themes must be dumped, according to a proposed shake-up of the national curriculum hailed yesterday by Tony Abbott as a “back to basics” approach to education.


Politics



Shorten ahead in polls but ALP vote languishes

Phillip Hudson - The Australian

AT Labor’s federal election campaign launch in Brisbane last year, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating had to be strategically seated at different ends of the same front row.


Colin Barnett at a record low but WA poll victory within reach

Andrew Burrell - The Australian

AFTER six years in the job, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett’s popularity has fallen to another record low but he remains a contender to lead the Liberal Party to a third victory at the next ­election.


Voters feel gypped by spendthrift ‘Emperor’

Andrew Burrell - The Australian

COLIN Barnett said last week he was “frustrated, bordering on angry” about having to announce another round of spending cuts and redundancies to tackle the crisis that has hit Western Aus­tralia’s finances.


Schott panel set to rule out full public funding of NSW elections

Sean Nicholls - SMH

An expert panel advising Premier Mike Baird on the issue of political donations has strongly indicated it will recommend against full taxpayer funding of elections, branding the approach "a legal challenge" and "practically difficult".


ICAC fallout: Tough new donation laws to tackle NSW Inc

Andrew Clennell - The Daily Telegraph

POLITICIANS caught up in this year’s ICAC proceedings for taking illegal donations are set to face charges, with the government to extend the statutory limitation period in which people can be charged over such offences.


Other



Vladimir Putin to attend G20, our hands are tied, says Joe Hockey

David Uren - The Australian

JOE Hockey has confirmed Vladimir Putin plans to attend the G20 meeting in Brisbane next month and said there was nothing Australia, as G20 president, could do about it.


'This isn't a video game' - footage of Australian bombs hitting IS targets won't be released

Max Blenkin - SMH

United Arab Emirates: Footage showing Australian bombs obliterating Islamic State targets won't be publicly released.


Tanya Plibersek backs strikes on Islamic State, a decade after opposing Iraq War

Matthew Knott - SMH

In 2003, Tanya Plibersek, then a little-known Labor backbencher, marched up to George W Bush's national security adviser Condoleezza Rice in Parliament House and presented her with a letter opposing the Iraq War.


Anthony Albanese breaks ranks on Labor's support for terror laws

Lisa Cox - SMH

Senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese has spoken out about the Abbott government's national security laws, attacking a lack of scrutiny of the legislation and restrictions on press freedom.