‘Euthanasia means killing someone’: Sydney Cardinal issues blunt pro-life challengeHilary White - LifeSite News
SYDNEY, June 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While euthanasia remains illegal in Australia, the country is a centre of international lobbying work to legalize the practice, and now the cardinal archbishop of Sydney, the leader of the Catholic Church in Australia, is calling for citizens, especially Catholics, to strenuously oppose it.
A tough stance on refugees doesn’t make me a racistRoderick Schneider – The Punch
Roderick Schneider was one of six participants in the ground-breaking SBS show Go Back To Where You Came From, the first episode of which screened last night. In a Punch exclusive, he shares some of his thoughts on the experience of completing an asylum seeker’s journey in reverse:
A burqa, large lies, and behold the pickleTory Shepherd – The Punch
Congratulations shock jocks, David Oldfield, Cory Bernardi, Fred Nile. You have your anti-hero, your Carnita.
All causes need a strong narrative, and anti-Muslim and anti-burqa sentiment just got one. Carnita Matthews, 47, had a conviction for a false accusation against a cop overturned because the court could not be sure it was indeed her that walked into a police station and made the complaint.
The elephant in the pokie roomJustin Shaw – The Drum
Elephants are lovely creatures: thoughtful, dignified, family-oriented, easy to anthropomorphise when they appear to grieve over the death of a loved one. Not much fun to have in the room with you though, which is how it must have felt for the producers putting together last night's Four Corners.
Fight for human rights: closer to homeMark Tamhane – The Drum
One of the great things about being a cynical hack who's sat through more than their fair share of worthy, but dull speeches is that occasionally... just occasionally... you'll hear something quite surprising.
I'm in Bonn at an international conference on human rights and the media, sponsored by ABC NewsRadio's broadcast partner, DeutscheWelle (Voice of Germany).
Carbon tax sideshow must endJill Singer – Herald Sun
The "debate" over a carbon tax in Australia has become high farce.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as has been widely noted, misled our nation by declaring she wouldn't introduce such a tax. The worst that can be said is that she lied. The best that can be said is that she lied because we can't deal with the truth.
Blame religion for livestock torture: MPMichael Gordon and Richard Willingham – The Age
An Opposition MP has attacked Labor for shutting down the live cattle trade to Indonesia but not condemning ''the religion that actually inspires the torture of the cattle there''.
Gay marriage and a Dissenting ChristianRev. David Hunnerup – Tasmanian Times
The debate draws forward: Should the institution of marriage be available for couples of the same sex? Federal parliament will soon make a decision that probably will not be re-visited with political openness perhaps for another generation or two.
Concerns over abortion policyToowoomba Chronicle
Toowoomba medical specialists have echoed concerns over a potential change to St Andrew’s Hospital’s abortion policy.
Toothless watchdog must be given power to tackle discriminationDominique Allen - The Age
Amendments to the new equal opportunity law are a backwards step.
VICTORIA'S equal opportunity law was overhauled last year for the first time in 30 years after an extensive public consultation and an independent review. The revamped law, which comes into effect in August, would have put Victoria at the forefront of tackling discrimination in Australia.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/toothless-watchdog-must-be-given-power-to-tackle-discrimination-20110621-1gddj.html#ixzz1PxzltrUj1000 claim Defence sexual abuseDan Oakes – SMH
More than 1000 people have made allegations of sexual abuse to a review panel set up to investigate sexual misconduct after the Australian Defence Force Academy Skype scandal.