The invasion of Australia - official, at lastJohn 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 checkMungo 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 mythsKevin 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 coveringsAmy 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 CouncilABC 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 itDavid 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 reformsJenny 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 painJulia 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 euthanasiaNicholas 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 displayMatt 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 abortionFergus 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 lawsABC Online
The Tasmanian Government has been urged to legislate to crack down on gay hate crimes.Gay marriage across the land: not so darn fastDennis 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?