Midterm abortion ban in six US States

Erik Eckholm - SMH

Dozens of new restrictions passed by US states this year have chipped away at the right to abortion by requiring women to view ultrasounds, imposing waiting periods or cutting funds for clinics.

PC preschool bans words 'him' and 'her'


At the Egalia preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys.

From the colour and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don't fall into gender stereotypes.

Shared parenting reforms are not always easy to bear

Richard Perin - The Punch

Family breakdown, separation and divorce are common in Australia today, with an estimated 50,000 or more families per year experiencing the loss and devastation these life changing circumstances can bring. Not only is there a loss to familial relationships, but very often great financial hardship that can last for years after the event and that can impact on the care and opportunity that is available to children.

Is there a Legislator in the house?

Steven Ciobo

No-one can really pinpoint where it all began; the slide by all tiers of government to legislating our way to a safer, cleaner, friendly, less exploitive world. Well, at least that is the rationalisation.

Let's hear it for New York

Andrew Heslop - The Drum

Just as Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle did last week, within 30 days all people in love the world over will be able to flock to New York and be married after legislators voted to allow same - sex marriage.

Gay refugee rights: legislation and human rights law

Jo Coghlan - Online Opinion

On 17 May 1970, homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases published by the World Health Organisation (WHO). On 17 May 2011, the 6th International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) was held. Yet,consensual acts between same-sex adults are criminalised in 80 member states of the United Nations and homosexuality results in the death penalty in six of these countries

Opposition Leader embraces multiculturalism as Dutch walk away

Ted Lapkin - The Australian

Last Saturday, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott indicated at the federal Liberal Party council that he was embracing multiculturalism. Meanwhile, last week the Dutch government joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in rejecting multiculturalism.

Christians not vilified by Islamic billboard

Leesha McKenny - SMH

Proclaiming Jesus to be ''a prophet of Islam'' on billboards is a statement of belief and does not discriminate against or vilify Christians, the Advertising Standards Bureau has found.

Oregon on the euthanasia slippery slope

Frank Brennan – Eureka Street

Americans love conversation and public disputation about contested moral and ethical issues.

Importing Islam from America

Joseph Wakim - The Drum

When Jesus is pitched against Mohamad, the winner may be APN Outdoor billboards.

The bold billboards spreading across Sydney by MyPeace inviting us to ask questions about Islam may be a novelty in Australia. But the wording and web-site is a carbon copy of the GainPeace missionary outreach project that was launched in Chicago in 2008. Our Australian version may be a timely cross (pun intended) between MySpace and GainPeace.

Off-the-wall approach to God

Andrew Priestley - The Australian

After communicating through billboards and signs on buses around Sydney, Reverend Ian Powell and Islamic activist Diaa Mohamed will now sit down together for a quiet word.

Malcolm Fraser slams lack of intervention audit

Matthew Franklin - The Australian

Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has questioned the "unseemly haste" with which the Gillard government is moving to remodel its intervention into Northern Territory indigenous communities.

Warning on foster care costs

Alexandra Smith - SMH

The average cost of placing vulnerable children in foster care run by charities and children's welfare groups is four times more than out-of-home care run by DOCS, an analysis of the government's figures reveals.

Bill to expand the definition of child abuse

Erik Jensen - SMH

The definition of child abuse will be expanded to include witnessing domestic violence, under a bill to be introduced to the Senate, strengthening the Family Court's ability to protect children from violent homes.

Sydney City officially declares settlement of Australia an invasion

Vikki Campion - Daily Telegraph

Sydney City Council last night declared the arrival of white settlers to be a "invasion" and wiped the words "European arrival" from official documents.

CultBusters: who you gonna call?

Tory Shepherd - The Punch

It’s all too easy in Australia – set up a religion, get tax-free status, a bunch of followers willing to donate, and you’re set. Maybe predict the end of the world to get things moving along with a sense of urgency.

New York spreads marriage equality news

Sarah Hanson-Young- National Times

The colour and excitement of celebrations in New York at the weekend have been shown on TVs and in newspapers worldwide.

Statesman lost in tale of two Tonys

Nikki Savva – the Australian

Tony Abbott may never fully transit from ace political stuntman to statesman. He took several important steps at the weekend, however, in his quest to be taken seriously as alternative prime minister.