Hermione and Lady Gaga heroines for our times
Janet Albrechtsen - The Australian
IF you are a member of anything before generation Y, it's tempting to scoff at modern culture. Video games are full of violence. Music pumps out obscene lyrics unheard of if you grew up with Carole King, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie and Bon Jovi. Companies cashing in on Australia's overflowing refugee programSteve Lewis – Herald Sun
Australia's overflowing refugee program is delivering handsome profits to a clutch of companies including a $20.4 million contract for a Darwin hotel developer.
Nile ties his vote to change in ethics class timetableSean Nicholls - SMH
ETHICS classes in schools would be rescheduled so they did not compete with special religious education classes under a deal the Christian Democratic Party MP, Fred Nile, says he is confident of striking with the Premier.
Criminals 'winners' from human rights charterAdam Carey - The Age
CONVICTED criminals have been the biggest winners out of the state government's human rights charter, at the expense of police officers and the victims of crime, the Police Association says.Uniform laws needed on sport betting: govtAAP
The federal government says uniform laws are needed to combat the creeping problem of corruption in sport. Xenophon pokies rally callRichard Willingham - The Age
Attorneys-general are meeting this Friday to discuss the issue, where the federal government will be pushing for a set of nationally consistent laws.
ANTI-POKIES campaigner Nick Xenophon says he is prepared to face pro-poker machine rallies if he is allowed to bring a woman whose daughter committed suicide because of a gambling addiction.Q&A is the equivalent of intellectual McNuggetsXavier Symons - The Punch
Mainstream media holds a mirror up to society. If we take a look into that mirror, we see what is preoccupying our attention. NYC sets lottery for first gay weddingsABC News
On a deeper level, we can gain significant insight into the way we tend to investigate and argue. Monday’s Q and A episode provided great insight into the superficial way we tend to approach philosophical and ethical topics.
As thousands of requests pour in for the first day of same-sex marriages in New York City, the mayor's office says it will establish a lottery to select 764 couples to wed.
Atheists, gays upset with U.K. Christian discrimination decisionAmanda Winkler - Christian Post
Homosexual groups and atheists in the United Kingdom are not happy with their own government’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHR) decision to defend Christians who have faced discrimination based on their faith. ACLU sues Alaska to allow transgender woman a 'female' licenseStephanie Samuel - Christian Post
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Alaska on Monday after the state denied a transgender woman a license listing her as female. Sharia law at work in AustraliaChris Merritt - The Australian
SHARIA law has become a shadow legal system within Australia, endorsing polygamous and underage marriages that are outlawed under the Marriage Act. Mosque ban? Freedom of religion has to be freedom for everyoneEd Stetzer - Christian Post
On Sunday, I record all the talk shows and watch them later in the day. One of the best interviewers (second only to Candy Crowley) is Chris Wallace. This week he asked Herman Cain an important question in light of Cain's early comments about Muslims in appointed office. State leaders call for end to failing indigenous actionMalcolm Brown - SMH
A GROUP of prominent South Australians has called on the federal government to end the intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, claiming it has not only failed in its purpose, but in some aspects has made things worse.Inclusive and equitable growth for poverty reduction in Africa
Babatunde Omilola - Online Opinion
Globally, we have had unprecedented economic and financial crises in the recent past adding greatly to the vulnerabilities already caused by the previous protracted and especially difficult food and fuel crises. These back-to-back crises have left poor people, particularly in low-income countries at the mercy of increased price volatility and have given them less access to resources, credit, and social protection. Due to these crises, millions of people around the world have been pushed back into extreme poverty and hunger, making progress towards achieving the MDGs ever more urgent and difficult. The recent crises have demonstrated that it is the world's poorest who often suffer the most from problems not of their making.