Love and commitment, to equality

Rodney Croome – The Drum

A new Galaxy poll shows 3 in 4 Australians (75%) believe it is inevitable same-sex couples will be allowed to marry.

South Australia’s socially regressive sex trade laws need reform

Chris Duluk – Online Opinion

State Labor MP Stephanie Key has renewed the call to reform the legislation governing prostitution in South Australia. She has been backed by the Sex Industry Network, whose manager Ari Reid described the current legislation as outdated saying: "The laws governing sex work in this state haven’t changed in more than 60 years."

Gaddafi vows never to surrender

AAP – The Australian

LIBYAN leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed in an audio message aired by state television that he would never surrender despite a new day of NATO-led air raids against targets around his Tripoli compound.

Four soldier deaths can't halt Afghan resolve

Brendan Nicholson – The Australian

DESPITE the fourth death of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan in a fortnight, Julia Gillard and defence chief Angus Houston have made their strongest case yet for Australia to stay the course in the war.

Labor heavies echo Abbott on boatpeople policy

Matthew Franklin – The Australian

THREE senior Labor ministers have warned of the risk that more child asylum-seekers could drown in Australian waters without a change in border protection policy.

All things being equal

Ben Schneiders – SMH

Today, women across Australia will take to the streets to demand better pay, and a recent ruling means that they are likely to get it.

Jilted ex-boyfriend puts up abortion billboard


A US man's decision to lash out with a billboard ad saying his ex-girlfriend had an abortion against his wishes has touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights.

Government out of step with people on gay marriage

Shelley Argent – The Punch

As a parent of a gay man and National Spokesperson for Parents with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons (PFLAG), I am encouraged by the most recent Galaxy Poll taken showing that 75 per cent of Australians “believe marriage for same sex couples is inevitable”.

They tied her to a chair and fed her drugs

The Angry Cripple – The Punch

Last week, I went to enrol my nearly five year old girl into school.

There’s only one state school in my town, and the private boarding school, at $30K/annum is well beyond my budget, so Tamthiliya State School it has to be. The website looked great, and the vision statement said it all “Respect, Tolerance and Learning”. All in all, I was looking forward to her starting at Tamthiliya Primary. I’ve always assumed that schoolkids were well taken care of here, but I guess I was misinformed.

Anglican Church seeks converts at a 'sinema' near you

Carolyn Webb – The Age

THE Anglican Church is making a radical bid for new recruits by holding Sunday services in a city cinema.

Women may get a vote

Saudi Arabia – The Age

THE consultative Shura council has recommended allowing women to vote in the next local polls, in at least four years, without being permitted to run for office, a member says.

Tony Abbott to fly to Nauru, challenges Julia Gillard to tour Malaysia's asylum facilities

Malcolm Farr –

TONY Abbott will fly to Nauru this week to personally negotiate the reopening of an asylum seeker processing centre on the island.