Julia Gillard reveals - why I knifed Kevin Rudd

Phil Hudson and Simon Benson - The Daily Telegraph

Julia Gillard has revealed the reason she knifed Kevin Rudd for the leadership a year ago was because he had lacked a sense of purpose or plan for the future.

As her approval rating sits at a record low amid speculation about her leadership, Ms Gillard indicated it was Mr Rudd's political paralysis that led her to make the biggest decision of her life.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph to mark a year since the coup that deposed Mr Rudd, Ms Gillard denied it was the opinion polls that drove her to challenge him.

Labor MP willing to preference Liberals to oust Bandt

ABC Online

A Federal Labor MP says he will preference against the Greens in favour of the Liberals at the next election, if the Opposition does the same, to try and oust the only Greens MP from Parliament.

Michael Danby is the member for Melbourne Ports and says mainstream voters in his electorate do not like some of the Greens more extreme policies.

Australian kids are taking luxuries for granted - experts

Susie O'Brien - Herald Sun

Yesterday's luxuries have become today's necessities, giving children a bad case of "affluenza", parenting experts say.

Increasing wealth, cheap toys, gadgets and time-poor parents have produced a generation of children who often can't tell the difference between need and greed, according to analysis from the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

UN backs gay rights for first time ever

Frank Jordans - Associated Press (World Magazine)

GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever Friday, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by some African and Muslim countries.

Islam Is One of the Fastest Growing Religions in Australia, Says Ambassador

Daniel Blake - Christian Post

The Australian ambassador to Indonesia has said that Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in his country, and that the faith contributes significantly to Australia’s success and contemporary culture.

Greg Moriaty, the Australian ambassador made the comments in a statement released to mark the arrival of three Muslim leaders from Indonesia to Australia earlier this week.