Abortion
Pregnancy loss linked to depression in young men

Sunanda Creagh - The Conversation


Young men whose partners have had an abortion or miscarriage are twice as likely to develop depression than those whose partners have never been pregnant, a new study has found. While previous studies have linked pregnancy loss to mental health problems in women, few researchers have examined the impacts on men. To investigate the associations, researchers from the University of Queensland drew on data on 2382 young people born between 1981 and 1984 at Mater Hospital in Brisbane. Of the cohort, 49% were male.





Bioethics
Organs for sale? The ethics of paying living kidney donors

Malcolm Parker - The Conversation


Reimbursing living kidney donors for lost income is a reasonable proposal. Clearly, it’s directed towards increasing the organ donation rate to make it somewhat more attractive for living donors to at least consider this route. The question that arises is whether payment could be construed as a coercive incentive. But if there’s a limit on the payment and it’s restricted to lost income and other associated costs, that argument becomes weak.





Donor Conception & Surrogacy
Our selfish creation of human life

Maggie Millar - SMH


The rights of donor-conceived children are ignored in the misplaced euphoria over reproductive technology. Recent talk about the rights of gay and infertile couples, and some single women, to ''donor'' conception and adoption emphasises adult entitlements at the expense of infants. There are some things that anyone who believes they have a right to a child needs to hear.





Drugs & Alcohol
Ladette culture growing in Australia: research

Wordsworth - ABC PM


Women are closing the gender gap in an unwanted area, with new research suggesting they are catching up with men in the rate of drunken violence. Gavan Palk, a senior lecturer in psychology at the Queensland University of Technology, interviewed 270 young women as part of his study into the "ladette" culture in Australia. And he has told a Sunshine Coast conference that here has been a rapid rise in drinking levels among young women.





Education
Ethics lesson two: tell the truth

The Age – Fred Nile


The Herald has given wide coverage to my perceived actions regarding the future of the so-called ''ethics course'' in NSW schools. I have not sought to blackmail the NSW government. I simply reminded them: before they reject my Ethics Repeal Bill, they should remember they need our votes to pass their controversial industrial relations legislation. I never said I would vote against it, even though I have genuine concerns about its impact.





Gambling
Gambling service in high demand

ABC


There is already high demand for the ACT's new gambling support service, with dozens of referrals being made during its first month of operation. Mission Australia is running the ACT Government's service which includes crisis support, financial counselling and early intervention programs for those at risk of developing an addiction.





Prostitution
Mine sex work a hot bed of controversy

Katherine Feeney - Brisbane Times


Minerals aren't the only source of riches driving regional Queensland's fly-in, fly-out workforce, with touring sex workers also reportedly cashing in on the resources boom. But the surge in numbers of both buyers and sellers of sex is presenting local accommodation providers with a unique problem. Not all new arrivals are welcome at their inns.





Religious Persecution
Malaysian church slams Islamic officials over raid

Sean Yoong - Associated Press


Government officials have repeatedly denied being unfair to minorities, despite complaints about a wide range of issues including court disputes involving religious conversions and restrictions against Malay-language Bibles. At least 20 officers from the central Selangor state's Islamic affairs department and police entered a Methodist church's hall without a warrant Wednesday and took photographs and videos of a dinner attended by more than 100 people, said the church's pastor, Daniel Ho.





Refugees
Asylum swap deal 'trashes rights'

Mark Dodd - The Australian


The Greens yesterday accused the Gillard government of failing to disclose the number of asylum-seeker children in detention and of "trashing" Australia's international human rights obligations by its refugee swap deal with Malaysia. Speaking on the sidelines of a Senate inquiry into her private member's bill proposing an overhaul of mandatory detention, the party's immigration spokeswoman, Sarah Hanson-Young, said the proposed legislation would set time limits on how long asylum-seekers could be held. It follows admissions 19 children are among the first group of 55 asylum-seekers to be sent to Malaysia for processing.