Budget to crack down on charities loophole

The Age

THE federal budget will close a tax loophole to prevent substantial revenue being lost through charities and other non-profit organisations running businesses unrelated to their altruistic work.


Asylum seekers 'traumatised' by exercises

The Age

ASYLUM seekers at a remote Cape York detention centre say they witnessed a simulated confrontation between a highly distressed man whose refugee claim had been rejected and immigration officials and security guards, less than five days before a young Hazara detainee committed suicide in March.


What Melbourne's teens are up to

The Herald Sun

CHILDREN as young as 12 are partying at some of Melbourne's wildest nightclubs, thanks to bouncers turning a blind eye to blatantly fake identification. The Herald Sun went undercover on the youth party scene and found under-age revellers drinking, brawling, smoking and pole-dancing at nightclubs.


Abortion pill 'less safe than surgery'

The Australian

COMPLICATIONS from the abortion pill are higher than for standard surgical terminations, according to the first big published study comparing the two methods in Australia.


Labor's traditional agenda sinks into mire

The Australian

ONLY a few days before the Gillard government's first budget and more than 10 months since Julia Gillard became Prime Minister, Labor still appears to lack a long-term political strategy and clear sense of what it stands for.