Hope and prayers for a community trying to heal divisionsJason Koutsoukis – The Age
CAIRO: In the 27 governates across Egypt, not one governor is Coptic, yet Coptic Christians make up more than 10 per cent of the population. Despite the fall of the former president Hosni Mubarak, laws against the building of new churches are yet to be overturned and avenues of proper legal redress are effectively closed to Copts.
Labour trafficking, not sex trafficking needs more attentionTim Costello – The Drum
Stories of girls as young as five found exploited and abused in brothels have been splashed across our screens for the past 10 years.
These stories are shocking and deserve the media's scrutiny, but this shining light on one dark corner of our world has meant an even larger issue has not been given the attention it needs and deserves.
Censorship shows need for a Bill of RightsDavid Nicholls – The Punch
Once again, the censorial hand of the advertising industry – this time in the form of an arm of government – has moved to protect the public from the evil Atheist Empire.
17 arrested in Gold Coast prostitute bustABC Online
Police say they have closed two illegal prostitution operations on the Gold Coast that allegedly provided in-call and out-call services.
Wilkie wants overseas same-sex marriage recognisedABC Online
Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie has called for same-sex marriages conducted overseas to be recognized in Australia.
France rejects gay marriage billAAP – The Australian
French politicians overnight rejected a bill presented by the opposition Socialist Party seeking to legalise same-sex marriage, despite growing public support for gay rights.
Surrogacy is safer than womb swapJill Singer – Herald Sun
Childbirth has always inspired awe and thanks to medical technology it's becoming even more awesome.
If British woman Sara Ottosson has children, for example, she'll make medical history.
She was born without a uterus and hopes to make further use of her mother's.
WA ban on fake cannabis could run foul of the Constitution, makers sayAAP
A West Australian ban on the sale of fake cannabis may run foul of the Constitution and will drive the trade into the hands of illegal drug dealers, the makers and distributors of the product say.
The 'Spirituality and Medicine' conferenceDan Wooding – Continental News
'Liberty of conscience is critical for individual doctors as it lies at the very heart of our integrity,' says founder of Medicine with Morality. He was speaking at unique 'Spirituality and Medicine' conference.
Inconvenient truths scuff Canberra's glossGraham Lloyd – The Australian
The Gillard government has crafted polished reasoning to support the introduction of a carbon tax, based on Australia playing its fair part in a global community effort to combat climate change.
Australian women to join men on the front-line in Afghanistan by next yearSamantha Healy and Ian McPhedran – The Courier-Mail
Male Diggers have been told that female soldiers will be eligible to join them on the front-line in Afghanistan by next year.
The Army has pre-empted the government's final decision on allowing women into combat roles and this week began briefing infantry soldiers that they will be joined in battle in 2012 by women who can pass the physical and team tests.
Govt accused of rushing family changesSusanna Dunkerley – The Age
The federal opposition and welfare groups have accused the Gillard government of trying to rush family payment changes through parliament in a bid to avoid scrutiny of the $2 billion savings measure.
Julia Gillard's support hits record low: NewspollDennis Shanahan – The Australian
Julia Gillard's personal support has crashed to a new low, putting Tony Abbott within reach of her as the preferred prime minister for the first time.
Adrift in a sea of secularity: Keysborough's faith centralGeoff Strong – The Age
''This must be a very holy place.'' Nadir Yildiz is speculating on a stretch of worn-down, outer-suburban farmland now encroached by housing and split in half by four frenzied lanes of bitumen leading to the EastLink tollway.