Gillard promises $182m in disabilities funding

Julia Gillard says sticking with the status quo on support for disabled Australians is not an option.  But she says moving to a no-fault national disability insurance scheme would be a "very, very major shift".  The Prime Minister yesterday announced $182 million in extra funding for people with disabilities, including $12,000 a year rebates to assist with early intervention programs for young children with disabilities.

'Snake' Rudd behind cabinet leaks: Latham

FORMER Labor leader Mark Latham insisted last night that Kevin Rudd was behind damaging leaks against Julia Gillard and condemned the behaviour as cowardly, "the snake's way", unmanly and "beneath an Aussie bloke".

Save us: ALP's desperate plea to Kevin Rudd

Labor has asked the former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, to campaign for the party outside his own seat, but he has asked for time to consider the request.

Child deaths reveal services at fault

HALF the children who died under the watch of Victorian authorities last year had parents with histories of substance abuse and violence.  The latest Victorian Child Death Review Committee report paints a grim assessment of an overworked, understaffed government department that is failing to properly assess the risks some children face while at home.

Perth's Catholic Archbishop stirs fears about atheism

PERTH Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey has suggested Julia Gillard's atheism could cost her votes.   But he says Tony Abbott's "strong Christian faith" could benefit him.   The provocative comments triggered heated debate on Perth talkback radio yesterday as a string of callers objected to the apparent leap into partisan politics.

Swan hints at possible filter changes

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has suggested changes could be made to the Federal Government's proposed internet filter.