New South Wales libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm was poised to introduce a federal bill to change the Commonwealth Marriage Act, as this issue of News Weekly was going to press last week. According to The Australian (November 25, 2014), the bill would replace “husband and wife” with the words “two people” in the Marriage Act, leaving marriage open to any two people regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Abortion reversal is a new procedure developed by a Catholic, Pro-Life doctor, who wanted to give women the option to prevent their abortions from happening after the procedure is already underway. Dr. George Delgado developed it as an option for the small group of women, who immediately regret their decisions after making them, and yes, as you might expect, it’s causing controversy within the medical community.
The Prime Minister has succumbed to pressure over his paid parental leave scheme, with more concessions to be made to the unpopular plan.
Gay couples will be allowed to adopt children in Victoria and religious organisations will find it harder to discriminate against employees based on their sexuality, under changes to be made by Australia's first minister for equality.
"I know I'm probably shouting at you," Quentin Bryce says, almost apologetically. "I feel so strongly about it. And so determined." The former governor-general is not shouting – can you ever imagine it? – but her usually melodious tones have a steely edge. She is speaking about domestic violence, which she describes as "the most grave human rights issue in the world".
How pro GTAV gamers cyber mobs try to shut us down.
Gamers are angry that Target Australia and K-Mart have taken Grand Theft Auto V off the shelves following a petition. But the petition signers are right. There is no denying the deeply rooted misogyny and sexism of the series.
There’s no smoke but plenty of fire in the debate over e-cigarettes and tobacco control.
Police have caught more than 120 people with drugs at Melbourne music festival Stereosonic. Revelers were greeted with sniffer dogs as they entered the Melbourne Showgrounds. Most of those detected were found with ecstasy.
A box of tissues slides back and forth across the laminated table top as grandparents weep in a therapeutic hour spent swapping stories of children harmed by parents too high on drugs or bent on scoring to care for their progeny.
Up to nine Australians now face the prospect of being executed by firing squads in China prisons for drug offences, following the arrests of Sydneysiders Kalynda Davis, 22, and Peter Gardner, 25 in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou.
Assisted suicide is an idea which keeps evolving in unpredictable ways. Who could have foreseen the development of groups of non-doctors which help hundreds of people to die in Switzerland? They are non-profits and charge only for membership and handling fees. But what if companies saw a commercial opportunity in the market for ending one’s life?
A review into social media and its role in children's suicides 'glorifies and normalises suicidal behaviours' a recent study has shown.
Christian Aid is delighted that a new law to ensure the UK spends 0.7 per cent of its national income on aid has been passed by the House of Commons and will now go to the House of Lords for further debate. More than 140 MPs from many different political parties came to the Commons to support the 0.7 Bill, which was voted through by 146 votes to five.
Bill Shorten has leapt ahead of Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister and is now regarded by voters as stronger, more trustworthy and more competent, according to the December Fairfax Ipsos poll. The result is another body-blow to a demoralised Coalition government, which is enduring its toughest period since taking office in September 2013.
Christian women and children are being bought and sold as slaves, typically for sex, but also for labor in the Islamic State. Meanwhile, men and boys are forced to convert to Islam or are put to death according to mounting evidence collected from the region.
The million dollar view at Cafe Sydney is a long way from war-ravaged Liberia. Brother and sister Lawrence and Windy Gtbusseh fled the Liberian civil war in the 1990s. Both have now just graduated from a hospitality course in western Sydney.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP issued a spiritual call-to-arms this morning, decrying the “religious cleansing” and “genocide” being perpetrated against Christians in the Middle East and calling on Catholics to pray for their “persecuted brothers and sisters”.
It is not only in the Middle East and in areas under the control of ISIS that Christians and other minorities are suffering persecution. Pakistan, our friendly cricket-playing Commonwealth country is a major offender.
The Christian convert who made history by becoming the first person in Egypt's history to attempt to legally change his religious affiliation on his government identification from Islam to Christianity, has "vowed to starve himself to death" in response to his "illegal" imprisonment, his attorney said.
Pornography is fuelling an increase in the number of young people committing acts of domestic violence, one of the state's top cops says. NSW Police assistant commissioner Mark Murdoch said teaching young men how to respect women was a critical "battle front" in the fight against domestic abuse.
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