Senate repainted shades of GreenPeter van Onselen, Contributing Editor The Australian
Over the past two weeks the 12 outgoing senators who are retiring or were defeated at last year's federal election have been making their valedictory speeches in the chamber before the arrival of 12 new senators on Friday, July 1.
The transition will be significant in terms of personnel and the party complexion in the Senate. That, in turn, is likely to have a profound impact on governance in this, Labor's second term in power.
Call to keep up the pressure at coalfaceLauren Wilson – The Australian
Aboriginal activist Bess Price had some blunt advice for politicians in Canberra contemplating the future of the intervention; toughen up alcohol laws and measures to boost school attendance.
Transsexuals must wait for gender rulingAmanda Banks – The West Australian
A landmark case to determine whether female-to-male transsexuals must undergo dangerous penis construction surgery that is not performed in Australia, to legally swap genders in WA was heard in the High Court yesterday.
Sue Dunlevy – The Australian
Tony Abbott has allowed budget cuts to family tax benefits that will hit 2.1 million families to pass through the lower house of parliament.
‘People swap’ my idea, says FieldingMichelle Grattan – The Age
Family First's outgoing Senator Steve Fielding has claimed credit for being the first to propose the ''people swap'' policy the government is pursuing in its Malaysia solution.
Stephanie Samuel – Christian Post
Despite several other polls which show the national opinion is trending toward favoring legalizing gay marriage, the poll sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund shows the exact opposite – Americans still strongly support traditional marriage.
Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan will not be affected adversely by any reduction in US troop numbers on the ground, Defence Minister Stephen Smith says.
Telstra, Optus to start censoring the web next month
Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson – News Limited
Most Australian internet users will have their web access censored next month after the country's two largest internet providers agreed to voluntarily block more than 500 websites from view.
Tobacco ads to be banned on netAAP
A proposed ban on tobacco advertising on the internet will bring the prohibition into the 21st century, parliament has been told.
Different people, same attitudeLouise Maher – The Drum
There were plenty of smack-in-the-guts moments in last night's debut of Go Back to Where You Come From, the documentary/social experiment/reality show on SBS TV.
When enough is enoughSiobhan Krikori – The Drum
When France legally banned the burka in April of this year I found myself questioning whether or not I was for or against the ban, putting together a list of pros and cons in my head. I came to the conclusion that I didn't agree with the ban and that the ability to wear what you wish is a freedom that every individual is entitled to regardless of where in the world you live.
The anti-trans Catholic paper has nothing to do with human rights
Roz Kaveny - Guardian UK
On 17 June, the UN human rights council passed a resolution in favour of the rights of lesbians, bisexuals, gay men and trans people; the coalition that opposed this included Russia, Pakistan and Nigeria. And, of course, the Catholic church.