Liberals claim they used Kevin Rudd as double agent

THE Howard Government claims it used Kevin Rudd to leak information that was damaging to his enemies within the Labor Party.   Former foreign minister Alexander Downer has revealed Mr Rudd, at the time an ambitious backbencher, would seize on information given to him about his Labor rivals - and regularly feed it to the media.

Creationists hijack lessons and teach schoolkids man and dinosaurs walked together

PRIMARY school students are being taught that man and dinosaurs walked the Earth together and that there is fossil evidence to prove it. Fundamentalist Christians are hijacking Religious Instruction (RI) classes in Queensland despite education experts saying Creationism and attempts to convert children to Christianity have no place in state schools.

Brisbane doctor Adrienne Freeman to launch DIY abortion guide online

A BRISBANE doctor is poised to launch an online DIY home abortion guide featuring a controversial pill banned from public sale. Prominent obstetrician Adrienne Freeman said her website Safe Home Abortions featured "how to" videos and a range of information and research papers extolling the virtues of abortion drug misoprostol.

Stem-cell therapy to begin on humans

NEW YORK: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the all-clear to a clinical trial of embryonic stem cells as a treatment for spinal-cord injury.  It is potentially the first time embryonic stem cells will be tested on humans.

Libs pledge 3000 extra aged-care beds to curb crisis

A COALITION government would free 3000 aged-care beds to ease the nursing home-care crisis.  Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will announce a plan today to convert up to 3000 already allocated and funded high-care residential aged-care bed licences into operational places.

Gillard fires up over parental leave

AN ABBOTT government would be unable to begin a paid parental leave scheme on January 1 as promised because of its decision to axe more than $20 million set aside to implement the plan, Julia Gillard has claimed.   In an escalating war over families, Ms Gillard told The Sunday Age the decision to slash the spending showed Tony Abbott had no commitment to paid parental leave.  ''People could have a whole family before his paid parental leave scheme comes into effect,'' Ms Gillard said.

Adult industry sees pocket porn market in iPhone 4

It's a maxim of technology: Invent the newest gadget and the porn industry will find a way to cash in.  So when Apple launched the iPhone 4 and its FaceTime videoconference feature, it didn't take long for adult-entertainment companies to develop video-sex chat services and start hiring workers through Craigslist.

Greens hope for two more seats in Senate

THE Greens will make a bid for votes today at their campaign launch, saying they are the only party offering stable leadership and a vision for the future.   Leader Bob Brown will also warn that the Coalition needs to pick up only one more Senate spot to have the power to block legislation in its own right.

Henson to break his silence

TWO years ago he was at the centre of a storm about child pornography. Tomorrow night critically acclaimed art photographer Bill Henson makes his first public appearance in Melbourne since the controversy, delivering the Melbourne Art Foundation 2010 Lecture at Federation Square before taking questions from the audience.

Labor prepares smear campaign against Abbott

LABOR'S election campaign is set to enter a new aggressive and negative phase designed to exert maximum pressure on Tony Abbott by highlighting his ''extremist'' past rhetoric.   After a collapse in support following a series of leaks, Labor will be using its new underdog status to turn the blowtorch back onto Mr Abbott, warning voters to take a closer look at the man who could be prime minister.