Tasmania Police want tighter anti-abortion protest laws to stop future campaigners


Tasmania Police say they want the state's anti-abortion protest laws tightened up if they are going to stop future campaigners. Tasmania's Reproductive Health Act was passed last year and is designed to stop protest within 150 metres of clinics.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

After three-parent babies, will there be “multiplex parenting”?

Michael Cook - Mercator Net

Last week an all-star line-up of British researchers and administrators appeared before a committee of the UK House of Commons to tell MPs that the creation of three-parent babies was completely safe, ethical and inconsequential.

Drugs & Alcohol

Bayli Marie Elliot: NZ teen’s death a reminder of the dangers of binge drinking, say experts

News Ltd

Beautiful, bright and kind: teenager Bayli Marie Elliot was loved by all who knew her. The 18-year-old spent her final hours at a party, drinking with friends and having fun. The next morning, the popular student was dead from suspected alcohol poisoning.


Vic Government launches new regional education plan


The Victorian Government has launched a new strategy for rural and regional education. The five-year plan identifies some of the issues country students face in their schooling and looks at how they could be resolved.


Crackdown on $1.5 billion illegal overseas gambling sector

Patrick Bartley and John Stensholt - Sydney Morning Herald

The federal government and the Victorian government will announce a crackdown on the illegal offshore gambling industry, which is estimated to be worth $1.5 billion annually.

Gambling taskforce warns of dangers in poker machine rental plan

Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

Allowing registered clubs to lease their poker machines to other venues will see them shifted to suburbs where players lose the most money, the NSW government is being warned. But the clubs industry argues the measure would assist mainly struggling rural and regional clubs by giving them a temporary "revenue stream", and would only proceed if there was "net community benefit".


HIV foundation gets behind the wheel with new CHEP road trip

Andrew Shaw - Gay News Network

HIV Foundation Queensland will take its new Rapid Roadshow vehicles to the road next month to raise awareness around 20-minute rapid HIV testing. Two of the Foundation’s Community HIV Education and Prevention (CHEP) vehicles will travel from Cairns in the north to Ipswich and Toowoomba in South East Queensland from November 3 to 21 on a mission to raise awareness about HIV and rapid testing.

Homelessness & Poverty

Government faces roadblocks to homelessness reform

Lucia Osborne-Crowley - City News

The NSW Upper House has ordered the state government to release all documents relating to its controversial reforms to homelessness services. The reform package, called Going Home Staying Home, introduced competitive tendering to homelessness services across NSW. The tender process resulted in the takeover of all of NSW’s women’s only refuges and women’s specific services, causing a backlash from the community.


Empowering Indigenous communities to prevent child abuse and neglect

Fiona Arney, Alwin Chong - The Conversation

In some jurisdictions of Australia, the rate of Indigenous children in foster, kinship and residential care on any one night has reached almost one in ten. This rate is almost ten times higher than non-Aboriginal children and has steadily increased over the past decade. Contrast this with rates of non-Indigenous children in out-of-home care, which have stabilised in most jurisdictions.


Fact check: Are de facto relationships more unstable than marriages?


The claim: Kevin Andrews says the data shows de facto relationships are more likely to break up than marriages.

The verdict: For the majority of couples, a de facto relationship is the pathway to marriage. Still, for those who never marry, the chance of separating is more than six times higher. Mr Andrews's claim checks out.

Bill Shorten’s description of Christians ‘wide of the mark’

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton has said Bill Shorten’s speech backing same sex marriage at their conference was “wide of the mark” because of his characterisation of Christians as people who invoke God and Bible to attack blended families and demonise people for who they love. Mr Shelton has written a response to Bill Shorten’s speech at the conference last weekend.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking, slavery and forced marriage on the rise in Australia, say police

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Nino Bucci - SMH

Federal police are investigating a record number of human trafficking cases in Australia involving sex slavery, forced marriages and child brides.

How to spot a sex trafficking victim at a hotel

Belinda Luscombe - Time

As it has become clear over the last few years that sex trafficking takes place on every continent, approaches to defining it and ending it have changed.


Syria's neighbors appeal for help in refugee crisis

Muslim Village

Syria’s neighbors no longer have the capacity to take in refugees from the Middle East war, according to high-ranking regional officials. Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have appealed for greater international assistance.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Help desperately needed for Middle East Christians

Cal Thomas - Washington Times

American Christians have been slow to the point of near silence when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities committed against their fellow believers by the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Iraq. The Jewish people are much better models in solidarity when Jews are persecuted.

Pastors opposing ‘gay rights’ targeted while Muslims execute gays

Rachel Molschky - Cherson and Molschky

Freedom of religion may still be intact for now, but it was nearly taken away when five Christian pastors were targeted by the government for not being on board with the gay rights bandwagon.

Sexualisation of Society

Perfect body? New Victoria's Secret lingerie adverts spark outrage

Radhika Sanghani - Daily Life

New Victoria’s Secret adverts suggesting that their slim models have ‘the perfect body’ have come under fire for their “unhealthy and damaging message”.


Six-year-old 'soldier for Khilafa': kids radicalised in shocking video

Bryan Seymour - 7News

A Muslim youth group is under investigation after a disturbing video of children as young as six years old calling for an end to Australian democracy was unearthed by 7News. In the vision, children as young as six years old call for violent action against non-Muslims and to reject Australia and its values.

Candy and controversy: Is Halloween anti-Christian?

Lubbock Online

Some Christians feel Halloween violates their beliefs; others think the holiday is harmless and fun.