Posters hanging in the shop window of the Vibes Adult Shop in Newcastle have fallen foul of the ad watchdog for being highly sexualised and having strong connotations of sexual violence. Five separate images featuring women in lingerie were complained about, with the complainant arguing the posters “are obvious to the general public including children”.
More regulation of overseas surrogacy arrangements is needed, a long-awaited review of Western Australia's surrogacy laws has found. The review was already underway when the case of baby Gammy made international headlines earlier this year.
Work needs to be done at a national level to improve surrogacy laws, the WA Health Minister says. The state’s Health Department has completed a review of the 2008 Surrogacy Act, which allows altruistic surrogacy but prohibits it for financial or material reward.
Fortescue Metals Group has revealed it is addressing drug problems among its workforce in Western Australia's Pilbara.
The Community and Public Sector Union has removed from a proposed enterprise agreement a provision requiring union support before a syringe program can be implemented at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. But despite describing the development as a "significant compromise" made in good faith, CPSU ACT secretary Vince McDevitt said the union would still propose the government secure majority support from staff at the prison before the program could go ahead.
Specialists from several Dutch medical schools have prepared a document that is to serve as official guidelines for organ donation after euthanasia, and aims to facilitate the procedure. Doctors expect the legal framework to step up the number of organ donations, which up to now have been few and far between: 6 cases in 16 years, less than in neighboring Belgium. It will help people who choose euthanasia to give a “meaning” to their death, the guidelines’ authors suggest.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has privately conceded defeat on his controversial budget proposal to introduce a new $7 co-payment on bulk-billed GP visits and will formally shelve the policy before the end of the year.
An MLA is seeking to introduce a “conscience clause” in Northern Ireland, in response to an equality quango’s legal action against a Christian-run bakery in the Province.
Same-sex marriage is vital for three reasons: liberty, conscience and state power. That's the argument of Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm who on Wednesday introduced a private senator's bill to allow same-sex marriage.
Conservative senators are warding off a renewed push for a free vote on same-sex marriage for Liberal MPs, warning it would lead to chaos and fail anyway in the party room.
An annual scheme offering 100,000 vouchers, worth $200 each, for relationship counselling has failed to hit the mark, with fewer than 7000 couples applying six months after it was launched.
In 2013, 118,962 couples married in Australia and 47,638 couples were divorced. We’re older when both those things happen — but just how much older depends on where you live and whether you have been married before. Plus: how long divorce takes and how many of us don’t get married in church.
Tony Abbott has asked nervous government MPs to maintain internal discipline in the face of the ABC funding controversy and bad polling, reassuring them he will knock "one or two barnacles off the ship" before Christmas.
In Clive Palmer’s mind, there is a trivial legal case unfolding in Brisbane. The Palmer United Party founder describes this Supreme Court case, its allegations, evidence, and the stories arising from it as a monstrous beat-up, a non-event, and a silly conspiracy.
The government would be forced to provide 31,000 asylum seekers with the possibility of a permanent visa or else abandon sweeping new asylum laws under a plan being negotiated by Labor, the Greens, the Palmer United party and other crossbench senators.
The lawyer representing two Christian pastors and a deacon facing six years in prison in Iran for their faith has reportedly been denied access to his clients ahead of an appeal hearing.
When it comes to violence against women, sexual objectification is the missing puzzle piece: Collective Shout makes this equation whole, writes Laura McNally.
Luis Pabon writes about his attitude towards his sexuality and the gay community saying: ‘it has outlived its usefulness’ A gay journalist has written an article detailing all negative aspects of being gay, entitled ‘Why I no longer want to be gay.’ Luis Pabon wrote the online piece for ThoughtCatalog.com on November 17. Pabon describes the experiences and people he has met which has drawn him to the conclusion that he doesn’t want to be gay.
The Middle East city of Mosul which has had Christians living there for 2,000 years saw the ISIS Muslims give them three choices in July: to leave, to convert or to pay up big time and be subject to Muslim Sharia law.
The “relativistic” thought that arose after Europe rejected its own Christian roots has created a cultural weakness that has allowed the resurgence of aggressive Islam, a coalition of “Ratzingerian” thinkers, activists, and politicians heard this weekend.
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