Anti-racing ad clears complaints board


The advertising standards board announced it had dismissed complaints about a controversial anti-horseracing billboard just hours after the death of two Melbourne Cup horses.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

£500,000 custody battle between gay parents after a sperm donation deal went wrong wrecked childhoods of two little girls, says judge

Eleanor Harding - The Daily Mail

'Bruising and distressing': Mr Justice Cobb said the case illustrated potentially ‘immense difficulties’ when children are born by ‘known-donor fertilisation' Two young sisters have been ‘irredeemably marred’ by a £500,000 custody battle between two sets of gay parents, after a sperm donation deal went wrong, a judge has warned.

Drugs & Alcohol

The face of addiction is not always what you think

Sarah Berry - SMH

It is not the limp, pockmarked soul lying in the crack den or on the side of the street. It can just as easily be your colleague, your boss or your successful, high-flying friend.

Emergency staff abused: Drunken abuse of emergency medical staff rife

Herald Sun

NINE out of 10 emergency doctors and nurses have been assaulted or physically threatened by drunk patients in the past year, a damning new report has found.


Parents foot bill for compulsory iPads, laptops

Cameron Atfield - Brisbane Times

A Queensland state school program could leave some parents several thousand dollars out of pocket, with tablets and laptops to be made compulsory in an inner-city Brisbane school from next year.


US: Congratulations, voters. You just made this climate denier the most powerful senator on the environment.

Rebecca Leber - AFP

In handing Republicans control of the Senate on Tuesday, Americans effectively voted for the party's hostile plans against President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy. Their votes also put the Senate's environment and climate policy into the hands of the worst science-denier in national politics.


Euthanasia Prevention Coalition challenges Quebec euthanasia law

Life Site News

Quebec’s landmark law allowing euthanasia contravenes Canadian criminal homicide laws and represents a dangerous step towards a patchwork quilt of provincial regulation of serious criminal conduct, which is why the issue must be handled federally, says Toronto health, human rights and constitutional lawyer Hugh Scher.

‘Reprehensible act,’ Vatican condemns Brittany Maynard’s assisted suicide


A high-ranking Vatican official Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula called the assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard a “reprehensible act.” The denouncement continues the church’s long-standing stance on suicide in general.


The Melbourne Cup is a billion dollar bet by online gambling giants. Your punt helped them win

Adam Brereton - The Guardian

“Growing broke” – that’s how racing mogul Robbie Waterhouse described his son Tom’s business strategy back in 2012. Tom Waterhouse’s strategy could be extended to the rest of us too. As the nation that gambles more than any other, we’re growing broke together to finance the growth of the online gambling industry.


Wedding rings, favors, and dresses: How to save money and get them cheap


Despite recent news about there being more single people than ever, marriage is still quite a popular topic, as witnessed by the amount of wedding-related terms that flow into Google on a daily basis. According to Google’s AdWords Keyword Planner, terms like “wedding rings” get 201,000 monthly searches, while “engagement rings” garners a whopping 673,000 searches from users per month.


US elections: Midterm results, coverage and updates

Charis Chang - News Ltd

Republicans have seized control of the US Senate in a result that will cause major headaches for President Barack Obama. Within hours of the first polls closing for the US midterms, Republicans won three of the six seats needed to take over the Senate majority: South Dakota, Arkansas and West Virginia.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Shocking: ISIS Official 'Slave' Price List Shows Yazidi, Christian Girls Aged '1 to 9' Being Sold for $172

Johnlee Varghese - IB times

In a rather shocking revelation, it has been found that Islamic State militants have been selling Yazidi and Christian girls as young as one to nine years of age for a price of $172 in Iraq. Activists working 'secretly' out of Iraq have leaked a 'price list' of the ISIS slave markets, from where men can buy Yazidi and Christian women as 'sex slaves.'

Religious Freedom & Persecution

The story of Asia Bibi does not matter in Pakistan

Nabeel Chohan - Dawn

Like all those accused of blasphemy by the twisted mullah-obsessed minds, Christian Asia Bibi’s cry for justice has fallen on deaf ears. For Pakistanis, Asia Bibi is a menace; another woman defaming the honourable men of this country, another figure challenging them to introspection, another symbol against the creeping social bigotry.

Prince Charles says Christian persecution in Middle East 'a tragedy'


Prince Charles has described threats to Christians in the Middle East as "an indescribable tragedy". He made the comments in a message at the launch of a report by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need. This report said that religious freedom had deteriorated in 55 of the 196 countries studied in recent months.

U-turn: Houston pastors won’t have to hand over sermons

The Christian Institute

The mayor of Houston, Texas, has backtracked over the city’s legal demand to examine churches’ sermons on homosexuality, in the face of widespread criticism.

Sexualisation of Society

Julien Blanc’s sexist, abusive pick-up methods should be rejected by Aussie venues, says Melinda Tankard Reist

Melinda Tankard Reist - Herald Sun

I commend The Como for pulling the plug on so-called dating coach Julien Blanc. This is a good lesson for any venue to review their processes for assessing event applications in future.