Optimism as churches welcome new PM
Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning told ABC Radio's AM this morning that he has high hopes that new prime minister Julia Gillard will adopt a more humanitarian approach to the treatment of asylum seekers.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott tips early election for Australia
OPPOSITION leader Tony Abbott has predicted an early election, suggesting the Government will announce a deal on the mining tax then go straight to the polls to take advantage of Julia Gillard's electoral honeymoon.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard to talk to Kevin Rudd about Cabinet post in reshuffle
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says she'll talk to Kevin Rudd today about a possible new position for her predecessor.

Australia to ban ultra-skinny models
SKINNY models could be banished from catwalks and magazines under a major overhaul of the fashion industry.

A working week for new post-sex pill
A NEW European "morning after" pill that works for five days exposes the difficulties faced by Australian women in accessing emergency contraception, a women's health expert says.