No place in legal system for sharia: Jim Spigelman

Chris Merritt – The Australian

There is no place in the Australian legal system for sharia law or any other religious body of law, according to former NSW chief justice Jim Spigelman.

Row over role of chaplains

Emily Ewebb – Lilydale Yarra Valley Leader

A row has erupted over a federally funded chaplaincy program in government schools in the Yarra Valley. ACCESS Ministries, the group that administers the National School Chaplaincy Program in Victoria, said chaplains were in 14 Yarra Valley primary schools and two secondary schools.

MP Stephanie Key pushes to decriminalise prostitution in SA

Greg Kelton – The Advertiser

State MPs will vote before the end of the year on law reforms that would decriminalise prostitution. The vote will also cover reforms that would ban minors from sex work and prevent brothels operating within 200m of schools, childcare centres and churches.

Fury as Vic Government retakes lost vote


The Victorian Government has cast the rules of Parliament aside to reintroduce a bill that will allow faith-based groups to discriminate on grounds such as religion, marital status and gender.

New chief a man of 'honesty and integrity'

David Ellery – Canberra Times

The news Lieutenant-General David Hurley is to take over from Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as Chief of Defence Force on July 4 has been hailed as proof succession planning within the defence force is working.

Student sex laws to be reviewed

Daniel Hurst – Brisbane Times

The state government has ordered a review of legislation after a tribunal found a teacher who had sex with a student may not have broken the law if it had occurred in Queensland.

Catcall sparks parliamentary gender row

Michelle Grattan – The Age

The government has accused Tony Abbott and his ''goons'' of sexism, as it attacks the opposition for alleged dog whistling about Julia Gillard's gender.

Controversy dogs Chomsky as he accepts Sydney Peace Prize

John Huxley – Sydney Morning Herald

In a move likely to spark another annual round of healthy controversy, the veteran American linguist, social scientist and human rights campaigner Noam Chomsky was named 2011 winner of the Sydney Peace Prize last night.

Campaigners want 'shocking' Facebook pages shut down

Shannon Deery – Herald Sun

Teenage lovers are being rated on their sexual performance in a disturbing Facebook phenomenon. Anti-bullying and child protection experts have raised worries about the sites, which the Herald Sun has chosen not to name.

Refugee swap deal 'close to starting'

Paul Maley – The Australian

Australia could get the green light to begin deporting boatpeople to Malaysia as early as next week, with the Malaysian government expected to approve the controversial refugee swap within days.