Nauru will sign UN refugee convention, Abbott says
AAP - The Age

The Nauruan government has told Opposition Leader Tony Abbott it plans to sign the United Nations Refugee Convention.



From the bench to bikers: honours flow for our national champions

The Australian

From a judge who has made her mark in the highest court in the land to a motorbike-riding rogue from the dirt tracks of country NSW who has conquered the world, and many high-achieving Australians in between- this year's Queen's Birthday honours list celebrates, as it does every year, the high-profile as much as the lesser-known, from the big end of town to hundreds of quiet-achieving community workers.




New translation of liturgy launched to mass applause
Tess Livingstone - The Australian


A Catholic priest of almost six decades and another on his first service both praised the new English translation of the liturgy celebrated at Sunday mass for the first time yesterday.



Republic 'low on list of priorities'
AAP

Australians feel ''deep affection'' for the Queen and becoming a republic is a long way down the Labor Party's list of priorities, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Kevin Rudd, has told BBC Television in London.



Katter may scuttle pokies reform
Dan Harrison - SMH

The crossbench MP Bob Katter has called for a more ''moderate'' approach to poker machine reform, warning that proposals by the Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie would ''destroy'' many clubs in his electorate.




Carbon tax: Labor’s not listening to the people

Marcus Kuczynski - The Punch

Who is Labour listening to when it comes to policy?
Senator John Faulkner last week for setting its policies based on focus groups tapping public opinion, instead of heeding the voices of its own members. He warned that Labor risked losing a generation of supporters and voters if it did not listen to its inner voice and accept that internal debate was not disunity.