CHAPLAINCY



Most school chaplains are dangerously unqualified



David Stokes - The Punch

When 14 year old Philip attempted to commit suicide with a drug overdose, it was not a surprise to some teachers and students, but it was still a shock to most. He’d been rather quiet and serious of late, but was a bit like that anyway. One teacher said later that he had thought, after one particularly sullen period, of suggesting a talk with someone but never found a chance.





MARRIAGE

Those big fat gay weddings will be well worth crashing

Anne Gilbert - The Punch

There are some very odd bedfellows in the anti-gay-marriage camp. Like, for example, conservative Christians and gay libertarians. The former think that gays will wreck marriage, the latter that marriage will wreck gays.




State Of Union




ABC Compass

In the first of a two-part series examining the issue of same sex marriage, Compass meets three couples who would dearly like to get married - if only they could.





GAMBLING

Xenophon, Wilkie slam NRL over pokies fight



ABC Online

Independent MPs Nick Xenophon and Andrew Wilkie have lashed out at the National Rugby League for its new advertising campaign denouncing the Federal Government's proposed poker machine reforms.





YOUTH

Youth suicide report due in Parliament



ABC Online

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) is calling for a stigma-reduction campaign about youth suicide, ahead of a federal parliamentary report on the issue.





OTHER

Muslims obligated to resist democracy, say radicals



Linton Besser - SMH

Muslims in Australia were urged yesterday to join the uprisings that have toppled regimes across the Middle East, to renounce moderate forms of the religion and to reject democracy, during a day-long conference sponsored by a radical Islamic organisation.






Justice to get Baillieu audit



John Ferguson - The Australian

Victoria's Department of Justice is facing a shake-up after a $3 billion debacle over pokies licences and the death in custody of gang boss Carl Williams.





No tax on fuel, but Greens win Productivity Commission inquiry



Sid Maher - The Australian

Petrol will be excluded from the carbon tax but the Greens have won a sweeping Productivity Commission inquiry that will probe whether future excises should be levied according to a fuel's carbon content and whether road-user charges are needed to discourage driving.





British PM David Cameron 'to pull out 500 Afghan troops'



AAP

British Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce the withdrawal of at least 500 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012 following a similar drawdown by the United States, reports said today.





Smokers queuing up to break the habit



Matt Johnston - Herald Sun

Hundreds of Victorians wanting to quit smoking are signing up for government-subsidised nicotine patches every week.





Children don't have time to climb



Marianne Betts - Herald Sun

Climbing trees is no longer an indelible part of childhood, as Aussie children turn their backs on the outdoors, research shows.





John Piper laments normalization of of homosexuality as 'the new calamity'



Audrey Barrick - Christian Post

Amid ongoing "gay pride" celebrations and the continual push for gay marriage across the states, influential evangelical John Piper wants to put it all in perspective for the church.






Radical Islamic leader scorns Diggers fighting in Afghanistan

The Advertiser

Muslims "have an obligation" to target Australian troops in Afghanistan, an Islamic conference leader said.