Youth feel targeted by swear jar law

Liz Hobday - ABC News

A Victorian legal rights group says young people fear they will be unfairly targeted by the state's plan to issue on-the-spot fines to people who swear. Under the proposed legislation, people could be fined close to $240 for language that is considered indecent or offensive.

Gay safe sex ads pulled from Brisbane bus shelters
Gabrielle Dunlevy - Brisbane Times

HIV campaigners are outraged a safe sex promotion featuring a fully clothed, hugging gay couple has been pulled from Queensland bus shelters.

'No film' call by abortion clinics
Julia Medew - The Age

Abortion clinics are calling for the state government to crack down on protesters who have started filming women as they enter and leave clinics.

Oakeshott nearly brings down the house

Dennis Shanahan – The Australian

Rob Oakeshott, the independent MP whose vote decided Julia Gillard would be prime minister, almost brought down the minority Labor government yesterday when he forced Speaker Harry Jenkins to consider resigning.

Child porn concerns over Nintendo game, Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Alex Dickinson – The Courier Mail

A NINTENDO game that allows players to look up the skirts of scantily clad teenage characters is being sold in Australia with a PG rating.

The Federal Government has launched an investigation into Dead or Alive: Dimensions, which went on sale in Australia last week. It has already been taken off shelves in Europe for possibly breaking child pornography laws.

Libyan Almahde Ahmad Atagore jailed for string of Melbourne sex assaults


A Libyan student who sexually assaulted seven girls and women in Melbourne has been jailed for more than five years. Almahde Ahmad Atagore, 28, had been in Australia only a month and was having trouble adapting to the Australian culture when he committed the attacks, a court heard.

MPs say no to tobacco donations

Michelle Grattan – The Age

Three Liberal backbenchers have called for the party to refuse donations from tobacco companies after Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced the Coalition would not oppose plain packaging.

Mladic extradited to stand trial


Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been extradited and is on a plane on his way to a UN court in The Hague.

Abbott chases the working votes even Menzies forgot

Chris Berg – ABC Unleashed

There's a certain irony when Tony Abbott conjures up the ghost of Robert Menzies for his "forgotten families".
Menzies' forgotten people were the middle class. Where the Labor Party was sectarian - the unpretentious political arm of the union movement - Menzies' non-Labor politics would represent everybody else. (The rich and powerful, Menzies reasonably suggested, could look after themselves.)

Egypt must investigate forced virginity tests: Amnesty


Amnesty International has called on authorities in Egypt to bring to justice those responsible for forced virginity tests on female protesters, slamming it as "nothing less than torture".

Each death in Afghanistan is another test of faith

Mark Kenny – The Punch

The deaths of another two Australian diggers in Afghanistan will not weaken the Government’s resolve to stay the course, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has vowed.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie to Marry? Christian Marriage Therapists Weigh In

Michelle A. Vu – Christian Post

Brad Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie for years have withstood external pressure to get married. But now that the pressure is coming from their own kids, the Hollywood A-listers are seriously reconsidering their promise to not tie the knot until gay marriage is legalized.