Vic govt equal opportunity law passes


Faith-based groups in Victoria such as schools will be able to continue to discriminate on grounds such as religion, marital status and gender under controversial legislation.

Perry: Abortion now a ‘U.S. foreign export’

Brittany Smith – World Magazine

Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused the Obama administration on Sunday of transforming abortion into a U.S. export. He faulted President Barack Obama for reversing the “Mexico City policy” that banned giving federal money to international groups that performed or provided information about abortion. Obama struck down the policy during his first week in office, saying it was too broad and undermined family planning in developing countries.

Defence rejected plan to foster respect for women

Sean Parnell – The Australian

The Defence Department considered running a "respect for women" campaign last year with the National Rugby League or Australian Football League but decided not to associate with the codes because of "negative publicity at the time".

Truth is that Garnaut is partisan

Greg Sheridan – The Australian

Ross Garnaut has the policy paradigm, and a lot else, completely wrong on the Gillard government's proposed carbon tax. He sees it as a battle between the forces of economic reform, in the tradition of the Hawke, Keating and early Howard governments, and the old pre-Hawke, anti-reform days.

South Australian independent Senator Nick Xenophon set to lose balance of power

Catherine Hockley – The Advertiser

Senator Nick Xenophon may be about to lose much of his power but he promises to be a "pesky bastard".

Paedophiles, rapists in rights fight

Peter Mickelburough – Herald Sun

Victoria’s controversial human rights laws could be used by our worst paedophiles and rapists to demand their names be removed from the state's Sex Offenders Register.

Same-sex parenting desires trump children’s rights

Katherine Spackman – Mercatornet

Across Australia homosexual activists are seeking to redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships. Fortunately, although to some surprisingly and disappointingly, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has affirmed her personal support of marriage remaining what it always has been, a commitment between a man and a woman.

Gay activists to push equality at Lodge

Brendan Nicholson and Milanda Rout – The Australian

Julia Gillard will host a dinner for three gay couples who will push her to support same-sex marriage, after activist groups GetUp! and Australian Marriage Equality won a charity auction at last night's federal press gallery Midwinter Ball.

Anglican bishop 'goes home' to Catholicism

Tess Livingstone – The Australian

A former bishop who resigned from the Anglican church under a cloud has become a Catholic.

Afghan women worst placed

Owen Bowcott – The Age

Targeted violence against female officials, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, according to a global survey issued yesterday.

Gay judge's ruling on same-sex marriage upheld in California

Ian Lovett – SMH

LOS ANGELES: A US federal judge has upheld the ruling that struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, asserting the judge's 10-year relationship with another man did not disqualify him from deciding the case.

Disaster looms in a world full of men

Rob Brooks – The Drum

Evolutionary biologist Professor Rob Brooks argues that artificial sex selection will lead to an oversupply of men in the future, with tragic consequences.

My wife championed the right to choose when to die, the distress of her final days proves her case

Professor Klim McPherson – Daily Mail UK

There is a tragic irony about the death on May 28 of my wife, Ann, who died after battling pancreatic cancer for four years.

The many obituaries published since her death paid tribute to her professional life as a GP, writer, researcher and patient advocate — and most recently, as founder of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying, which she formed two years ago, and as an active patron of the pro-choice charity, Dignity in Dying.

New MP spotlights suicide prevention

Sean Nicolls – SMH

The Liberal member for Hornsby, Matt Kean, has used his inaugural speech to call on the government to spend as much money advertising suicide prevention strategies as it does on road safety campaigns.