Drugs & Alcohol

Drug court for children aims to turn young lives around

NATASHA RUDRA – The Canberra Times

The ACT Children's Court is trialling a new drug and alcohol court that will put young offenders through intensive rehabilitation programs to help them stay out of jail.

Education

Parents' group backs ethics classes
Anna Patty – Sydney Morning Herald

THE state's peak parents' organisation has urged the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, to support ethics classes after it was reported he had bowed to pressure from the Reverend Fred Nile to consider having them removed.

Homelessness

UBS Warburg economist Scott Haslem calls to put homeless in private properties

The Australian – Stephen Lunn

GOVERNMENTS should stop selling off lucrative public housing stock and instead allocate more social housing for the homeless.

Marriage

Gay marriage to test union with Greens

The Age – Phillip Coorey

In Brisbane last Wednesday, 25 middle-aged and elderly parents met the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland.

They came from all over Queensland and were of various political persuasions. Their common bond was that all had a gay child and they wanted that child to have the right to marry.

Supporting gay marriage just makes cents

Emma Jane – The Punch

What’s more cruel and unusual? Banning same-sex couples from getting hitched or pressuring them to do it at warp speeds (thereby depriving them of the lengthy fights over floral arrangements and weird chair furniture that are the birthright of every straight dyad)?

Overseas Aid

A plea for Africa: Now is the time for global action

Kevin Rudd – The Punch

A lot of people, when they look at pictures on the television about the unfolding famine in Somalia, say “we’ve seen it all before. What’s different about this one? And why haven’t they fixed it up by now?”

Refugees

Smugglers to test the Malaysian Solution

Paul Maley and Peter Alford – The Australian

PEOPLE-SMUGGLERS in Indonesia are understood to be preparing at least two more asylum boats as Immigration Minister Chris Bowen conceded some of the 800 boat people transferred to Malaysia may end up back in Australia.