Charities & NFP

Pastor overlooked suspicions about paedophile son-in-law, inquiry told

Rachel Browne - SMH

A Pentecostal pastor may have overlooked suspicions about his paedophile son-in-law because of their family relationship, a royal commission has heard.




Education

Childcare quality gets tick from carers, parents

Judith Ireland - SMH

The national framework which seeks to boost child-carer qualifications and lower staff-to-child ratios has received a broad tick of approval from parents and the child care sector, according to a government-ordered review.




John Hewson and Malcolm Fraser blast Liberals over ANU divestment backlash

John Hewson has lashed senior government figures, including Treasurer Joe Hockey and Education Minister Christopher Pyne, for attempting to "bully and coerce" the Australian National University into reversing its decision to dump investments in fossil fuel companies.




Euthanasia

Philip Nitschke slams 'shut-out by Senate' in euthanasia inquiry

Vanessa Desloolres - SMH

Controversial euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke has accused the  Senate of shutting him out of an inquiry into a proposed Dying With Dignity law.




Homelessness & Poverty

Andrew Forrest slams Tony Abbott’s jobs plan

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

MINING magnate Andrew Forrest has slammed the government’s new unemployment plan, saying it risks another five years of “inefficient and ineffective” training programs that reward agencies in a “cash barbecue”.





Politics

Former police officer Troy Grant elected NSW Deputy Premier

Mark Coultan - The Australian

A FORMER senior police officer with less than four years experience in politics has been elected unopposed as the new Deputy Premier of NSW.





Premier Denis Napthine reportedly seen ripping into David Davis in Victorian Parliament

Nick Toscano - The Age

Premier Denis Napthine was reportedly seen ripping into Health Minister David Davis during a dramatic confrontation in the corridors of Parliament House.







Dorothy Dixer questions banned from Parliament under Labor plan

Time-wasting "Dorothy Dixers" would be banned from Parliament to prevent grandstanding by ministers under a sweeping overhaul of question time promised by state Labor.







Sexualisation of Society

Former Liberal adviser says pornography was distributed inside Victorian Parliament

Clay Lucas - The Age

The Napthine government has been shaken by claims from a sacked senior aide that pornographic films were distributed among MPs and ministerial staff from an office at 1 Treasury Place.