Pro-lifers: we're self-funded and we don't discriminate



Babette Francis - The Punch

When a friend told me I was mentioned in The Punch, I looked forward to reading the article because I associated The Punch with Punch, the British weekly magazine of humour.  Instead of wit, I found the article by Tanja Kovac in The Punch yet another inaccurate diatribe against pro-lifers.





The gay marriage debate

This week public political discussion was dominated by the anniversary of Kevin Rudds replacement as Prime Minister by Julia Gillard. One aspect of the Rudd legacy that Julia Gillard has publicly committed herself to is resistance to the recognition of Same Sex Marriage.








When it comes to marriage, justice should be apolitical



Senthorun Raj - The Punch

“This is a vote that is not about morality, that is not about religion. You can’t legislate morality, but you can legislate justice.” The words of Senator Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, are a poetic reminder of why the New York Senate passed legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. On Friday, New York became the sixth state in the US to remove discrimination in marriage laws, joining Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire.





Don't silence us, same-sex backers tell PM

Christian Kerr and Leo Shanahan

Labor same-sex marriage advocates have warned Julia Gillard not to stand in their way ahead of the party's December national conference.





New way on gay marriage in NY
Michael Barbaro, New York – The Age


In the 35th-floor conference room of a Manhattan high-rise, two of New York governor Andrew Cuomo's most trusted advisers held a secret meeting a few weeks ago with a group of super-rich Republican donors.





New Yorkers have celebrated the state's approval of same-sex marriage by hosting a flamboyant parade

AFP - The Australian

Thousands of elated gays, lesbians and their friends hailed New York's approval of same-sex marriage with a triumphant gay pride parade.





Oral sex expected of Gen Y: survey
Michelle Griffin – The Age


Oral sex is now so commonplace among Generation Y women that many say they feel it's expected of them.





School laptops used to view porn



Greg Thom – The Age

Victorian children as young as 10 have been able to gain access to pornography using school-supplied netbook computers.




Solidarity with refugees in Australian Prisons



Claire Parfitt - Online Opinion

On Monday 27 June 2011, three activists will appear in Fairfield Local Court in response to charges related to a protest on the roof of Immigration Minister Chris Bowen’s electoral office.


The activists climbed the roof in solidarity with detainees on the roof at Villawood detention centre.  This formed part of a series of protests in and around detention centres across the Australia in April this year.  We are witnessing the resurgence of a movement, led by detainees and supported by many in the Australian community, both in spirit and in action.




Big tobacco ignites legal war

Chris Kenny - The Australian

International tobacco giant Philip Morris will launch legal action today aimed at forcing the Gillard government to back down on its plain-packaging legislation or face a compensation bill of "billions of dollars".





A lethal blow for government scheme



Greg Sheridan - The Australian

Jim Sensenbrenner, the most senior Republican in the US House of Representatives, is a long-term friend of Australia but he has just delivered the most lethal external blow yet to the Gillard government's plans to introduce a carbon tax.





Greens' stand on coal is 'lunacy'



Ross Peake - Canberra Times

On the eve of the crucial final round of talks to frame a carbon tax, the Coalition has lashed out at the Greens' prediction the coal industry will have to be shut down.






Meet the part of whales, rail - and GLBTI's?



Matthew Franklin - The Australian

The Greens have fast-tracked environmental lawyer and Queensland senator-elect Larissa Waters into the critical environment portfolio in a shake-up to coincide with next week's swearing-in of the new Senate.





Special schools a 'dumping ground' for indigenous students



Justine Ferrari - The Australian

Indigenous students are being enrolled in special schools for children with behavioural and emotional problems at five times the rate of other students, effectively segregating them from mainstream education.





Record number oppose price on carbon: poll

Daniel Flitton - The Age

Australians are far less worried about the world choking on greenhouse gas emissions than they were five years ago - and a record number of people now oppose a price on carbon, new polling has found.







Letter from Sudan: watching from the edge of genocide



Jess Hill - The Drum

The spectre of renewed civil war, perhaps even genocide, is raising its head in Sudan.





N Korean children begging, army starving: exclusive



Mark Willacy - ABC News

Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by the ABC has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state.




ALP avoids divisive debate on Malaysia

Amanda O'Brien and Paul Maley – The Australian

The Gillard government avoided a potentially damaging stoush when a plan to get the party to vote yesterday on Julia Gillard's Malaysia solution for asylum-seekers was mysteriously dropped at the West Australian state Labor conference.