The invasion of Australia - official, at last

John Pilger - Online Opinion

The City of Sydney has voted to replace the words "European arrival" in the official record with "invasion". The deputy lord mayor, Marcelle Hoff, says it is intellectually dishonest to use any other word in describing how Aboriginal Australia was dispossessed by the British. "We were invaded," said Paul Morris, an Aboriginal adviser to the council. "It is the truth and it shouldn't be watered down. We wouldn't expect Jewish people to accept a watered-down version of the Holocaust, so why should we?"





Is domestic violence a gender hate crime, and why does it matter?

Jennifer Wilson - Online Opinion

Domestic violence, intimate partner violence, (IPV) and family violence are defined in Australian federal government policy as gender crimes, committed overwhelmingly by men against "women and their children."





Times for a Greens reality check

Mungo Maccallum - The Drum

It is time for Bob Brown and his supporters to have a cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie down - or failing that, a serious reality check.





The lion's share: debunking school funding myths

Kevin Donnelly - The Drum

School funding is a controversial issue that elicits strong responses from those for and against Catholic and independent schools receiving taxpayer support.





Police given broad powers to remove facial coverings

Amy Corderoy - SMH

Police will be given powers to force people to remove facial coverings if they are suspected of committing a crime, the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has said.





'No issues' with burka removal power: Islamic Council

ABC Online

The Islamic Council of New South Wales says it accepts the State Government's decision giving police the power to order the removal of burkas and other head coverings.





Free to believe in God, free to keep quiet about it

David Penberthy - The Punch

The latest sortie in the war between Islam and Christendom involves a billboard which in the eyes of its critics is the most offensive bit of advertising since those signs asking us if we want longer lasting sex.





Rugby league's hospital pass on pokies reforms

Jenny Macklin - The Punch

Like a lot of parents I have spent my fair share of cold and wintry days on the side of a football field.


I’m also a Victorian, so the shape of the football is a bit different, but the rite of passage – staffing the barbeque, cutting the oranges and sharing the thrills and spills – is a common experience for families across the country.





Anti-euthanasia ethicist tells of own struggle to live with pain

Julia Medew - The Age

Melbourne ethicist Nicholas Tonti-Filippini has revealed his struggle to keep fighting pain from kidney failure, saying he has been tempted to stop treatment so he can die.





No dignity in euthanasia

Nicholas Tonti-Filippini - The Age

The chronically ill shouldn't feel pressured to relinquish their fragile hold on life.


I am chronically ill with a progressive rheumatoid auto-immune disease that destroyed my kidneys and causes inflammation around the lungs, inner chest walls and heart, ischaemic heart disease and peripheral neuropathy. I have been dependent on dialysis for 20 years and I have undergone 15 angioplasties and the placement of eight stents to recover some blood flow after the failure of coronary bypass surgery.




Call to name and shame advertisers too racy for display



Matt Johnston - Herald Sun

Advertisers should be named and shamed online if they put up inappropriate images of sex outdoors, a parliamentary report says.





Ethics of abortion

Fergus Walsh - BBC News

New data on late abortions is likely to re-kindle the debate on what constitutes reasonable grounds for a termination.





Call for gay hate crime laws

ABC Online

The Tasmanian Government has been urged to legislate to crack down on gay hate crimes.



Gay marriage across the land: not so darn fast

Dennis Byrne - Chicago Tribune

The recent legalization of same-sex marriage in New York proves that it's no longer an issue in the United States, right? Gay marriage will eventually, but certainly, become widely accepted everywhere, right?