Today’s pick of the newsADVERTISINGAnimal Welfare League fundraising ad condemned by Christian lobbyAAP – The Australian IT started out as a bit of fun to raise money for the Animal Welfare League on the Gold Coast but it's turned into a fur-raising cat fight. POLITICS The real one-armed bandit is Andrew WilkieSteven Ciobo - The Punch
It’s not often a Government Minister admits to a fatal flaw in their policy, so I congratulate Jenny Macklin for her honesty.'Greedy' Greens push for more say in SenateJoe Kelly - The Australian
THE Greens are lobbying hard to maximise their influence in the Senate after gaining the unfettered balance of power and are understood to be pushing for greater representation on committees, improved seating arrangements and demanding more say during question time.Time for Gillard's rubber to hit non-Canberran roadAnnabel Crabb - The Drum
Julia Gillard is absolutely correct not to recall Parliament next week. There are two reasons why.
First, she is avoiding unnecessary bloodshed, because I would personally stab in the eye, in a fearlessly bipartisan manner, any single MP stepping up for another week of what we're presently enduring in the House of Representatives.Anti-human Greens won't usurp LaborGary Johns - The Australian
HOLD fast comrades, Greens leader Bob Brown's boast that one day his party will displace Labor is idle. Labor's brand may be tarnished, but it is not terminal.MARRIAGE2011: the year of living equallySteve Dow - The Age
Labor politicians must pack up personal prejudices and give same-sex couples a go.
LABOR'S latest leader has hoisted the rainbow flag and declared ''I do'' for Australia legalising same-sex marriage as a matter of justice and equality. And this time, it's genuinely personal.FAMILY Rebalancing gender roles by leaving men to hold the babyLyn Craig - The Age
Traditional roles could change if women take the first step - out of the house.
THERE'S a lot to be said for leaving men holding the baby. Our detailed analysis of gender roles in parenting and work found that little has changed for Australian women since they began moving into the workforce in large numbers half a century ago.CHURCH The Hills are alive with the sound of music - and it's upliftingRoss Cameron - SMH
Baulkham Hills is an emblem of prosperous, conservative, Sydney. It's a whitebread culture, and any Liberal candidate's dream.ABORTION Transformed Abby's mission is to stand up for the unbornSelina Venier - The Catholic Leader
FRIENDLY-faced Abby Johnson makes no apologies about demand-ing people of faith stand up for the life of the unborn.EUTHANASIA Michael McGirr, Prof Margaret Somerville and Jeanette TilleySamantha Stayner - ABC Radio
Professor Margaret Somerville is a world-renowned ethicist, and founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Toronto. She's also the recipient of the Order of Australia (1990) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1991. In 2004 she was named the first recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science. Prof Somerville is back in her home country of Australia for various engagements, including an 'interfaith conversation' on euthanasia and human dignity.Euthanasia a hot topicClare Quirk - Bendigo Advertiser
EUTHANASIA advocate Philip Nitschke will meet Bendigo residents on Saturday.
Dr Nitschke will hold a public meeting and then a closed seminar on voluntary euthanasia including what drugs are accessible. OTHER Month-long live cattle ban to Indonesia liftedRichard Willingham and Tom Allard - The Age
THE month-long suspension of live cattle exports to Indonesia has been lifted - outraging animal welfare groups - after agreement with the industry on animal welfare, and advice that cattle would be accepted by Indonesia. Veil request is already well coveredNazeem Hussain - Herald Sun
THE recent push for new laws giving Victorian police the authority to request facial identification of Muslim women wearing a niqab or a burqa is a double-up of existing laws.Hardline Islam a bigger threat than terrorismTom Lindsey - The Australian
IT is a rare day indeed when former, present and shadow foreign ministers from different Australian political parties see eye to eye.An ill wind of change in AustraliaAndrew Bolt – Herald Sun
HERE are some things I never thought I'd see in this country I love.
I never thought I'd see people picketing shops because their owners were Jews.