Archbishop criticises euthanasia in Easter address

Peter Jensen - ABC

The Sydney Anglican Archbishop has used his Easter message to indirectly criticise campaigners for euthanasia.  In his annual address, Reverend Peter Jensen criticised the campaigner's phrase 'death with dignity' by saying death in any circumstance can never be dignified.

The facts of Christ's death and resurrection are central pillars of the Easter mystery

George Pell - The Australian

St Paul never wrote a letter to the Christians of Athens because he was unable to found a community there as he did in Corinth and Ephesus. In the Acts of the Apostles we learn that he spoke eloquently in the Areopagus in Athens on the kindness and spirituality of the unique creator God.  Unlike the pagan gods, Paul's version of God made moral demands on everyone, and all would then undergo a final examination by a special man, whose credentials were established by God raising him from the dead.

Easter a time of praise for those who dare

Mark Schliebs - The Australian

The heroics of Australians in the face of devastating floods and on the bloody beaches of Gallipoli were honoured by the nation's Christian leaders in their Easter messages yesterday.  In Sydney, Catholic Archbishop George Pell spoke of the heroic feats carried out during natural disasters all over the world.

Refugee riot highlights dilemma

Paul Kelly - The Australian

THE trashing of Villawood detention centre by asylum-seekers will make the Australian public more hostile to boatpeople and pose a significant test for Labor's new Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen.

Protest against Egypt Christian governor

Samer al-Atrush - Sydney Morning Herald

Tens of thousands of protesters massed in a southern Egyptian city on Friday and cut off a major railway to demand the exit of a Christian governor as the government sought to resolve the crisis, police officials said.

Ban broadcasters from pushing betting odds: Xenophon

Richard Willingham - The Age

A match-fixing ''catastrophe'' is inevitable unless there is a crackdown on sports betting, says independent senator Nick Xenophon, who is drafting a bill to regulate online betting.

Give animals property rights: uni lecturer


A radical proposal to introduce property rights for animals has been slammed by farming associations across the country. Australian research lecturer Dr John Hadley from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) said that, under his proposal, particular animals would be given legal property rights, and human guardians would be appointed to represent them in court.

There are nutters in the Greens: Latham


There are some real nutters within the ranks of the Greens and the party will struggle to remain united when leader Bob Brown finally retires, former Labor leader Mark Latham says.

The worst-kept secret: This Government's just no good

Mark Kenny - The Punch

Hurrying along a Parliament House corridor this week, I was pulled aside by a Canberra insider with strong links to Labor. “I want to let you in on a secret,” he said sotto voce, theatrically hamming up a non-existent threat of eavesdroppers. “This government is just not very good.”  “You’re joking?” I responded playing my part, “will you tell them or should I?” At the heart of the gag of course, was an emergent truth - like a penny dropping.

Church leaders liken inaction on climate to crucifying Christ

Leesha McKenny - Sydney Morning Herald

The crippling of Japan, the devastation of Christchurch and the floods that ravaged Queensland were not the work of God, church leaders said.  But the leader of one of Sydney's three main Christian denominations blamed man for some disasters that caused human suffering.

Terry Mills: I do not support euthanasia

Nigel Adlam - NT News

CLP leader Terry Mills has come out publicly against euthanasia.  But he said he would allow a conscience vote in the Territory Parliament, if elected chief minister next year.  Mr Mills said in a statement: "Because I do not support euthanasia, obviously I wouldn't sponsor a Bill to change the existing laws.