Gillard to shut Rudd out of cabinet
JULIA Gillard was last night set to exclude dumped prime minister Kevin Rudd from her cabinet.

Greens full of beans over election prospects as Labor giant disappears
GREENS candidate for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, is like Jack in the beanstalk story.

UN tick for hard line on refugees
JULIA Gillard will have an opportunity to toughen her government's line on boatpeople within days when the UN issues new guidelines.

Abortion trial without precedent in Australian court
THE impending trial of a young Queensland woman for allegedly illegally aborting her pregnancy has no precedent in Australia.

Suicide-prevention groups say the need is desperate
A nine-month government inquiry into suicide prevention would be wasted unless more funds were urgently injected into mental health, experts say.

Gay 'sacred unions' test Uniting Church resolve
NEITHER partner wore white, and everyone concerned carefully distanced themselves from the words ''wedding'' or ''marriage''.

Children are too young to drink, vote or drive, but not to shoot a gun
CHILDREN as young as 11 are applying for and getting Queensland firearms licences - but some people want to see the legal age for gun licences lowered even further.