17 dead in twin Norway attacks

Pierre-Henry Deshayes - The Age

Twin shooting and bomb attacks have left at least 17 dead in Norway after a gunman disguised as a policeman opened fire at a youth camp and a bomb blast tore through government buildings in Oslo.


Game over for ban on explicit games

Richard Willingham - The Age

SEXUALLY explicit and violent video and computer games banned in Australia could soon be sold here after all state and federal governments except New South Wales agreed to an R18+ rating for video games.

Adult rating of video games - not in this state

Anna Patty - The Sydney Morning Herald

NSW has refused to back the introduction of an adult-only rating for video games, despite all other states endorsing it.

Attorney-General, Greg Smith, took another direction than his national and state counterparts yesterday by abstaining from a vote on the R18+ rating.

It's all about the children, not selfish adults

Margaret Somerville - The Australian

SAME-SEX marriage creates a clash between upholding the human rights of children with respect to their coming into being and the family structure in which they will be reared, and the claims of homosexual adults who wish to marry a same-sex partner.

It forces us to choose between giving priority to children's rights or to homosexual adults' claims.

Opposite sex marriage does not raise this conflict, because children's rights and adults' claims with respect to marriage are consistent. I oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and support legalising civil partnerships. But, I also believe that marriage should remain defined as being between a man and a woman.

Cheap emotionalism stymies sensible Christian debate on homosexuality

Angela Shanahan - The Australian

THIS week I received a very excited press release from a very excitable lady representing an organisation called Equal Love which, she is "thrilled" to inform me, is preparing a mass illegal wedding in Melbourne, as a protest against the present marriage laws.

A gay walks into a blood bank...

Nick Snowden - The Drum

Every year between July and August the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) promotes the AMSA Blood Drive - known colloquially as the "Vampire Cup".