Secrets of the father become the mysteries of the child 

Farrah Tomazin, Peter Munro - The Age

Should the children of sperm donors have the right to know their fathers?

THE journey to find out where she came from started more than a decade ago for Melbourne social worker Narelle Grech.

At the age of 15, Ms Grech's parents told her that she had been conceived through a sperm donor - news she has been trying to deal with ever since.

''Since I found out, I've been really curious to know who this person is, and then as I got older it became a whole lot bigger than that. It became about searching for my whole paternal family and those missing pieces that make up a lot of who I am,'' she said.


Girls school bans lesbian partners

Kristy Symonds - Perth Now

STUDENTS at a leading Perth girls school have launched a campaign for the right to bring same-sex partners to their school formal.

A group of more than 40 past and present St Mary's Anglican Girls School students have confronted school authorities and started a Facebook campaign to argue for better gay rights.

But they say school bosses are refusing to back down and have told them that bringing a same-sex partner to the school ball is "inappropriate".

WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Yvonne Henderson said the school could be breaching the Equal Opportunities Act by discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.


Baillieu likely to retain human rights charter

Farrah Tomazin - The Age

PREMIER Ted Baillieu looks set to keep Victoria's charter of human rights, despite some of his MPs saying it is ill-conceived, undemocratic, or a waste of money.

Leaked government documents have given the strongest indication yet that the controversial charter will be retained - possibly with only minor reforms - when the Coalition makes a decision on its fate later this year.


Man accused of Facebook bomb threat

Anne Tarasov - Sydney Morning Herald

A CLEANING business owner used Facebook to threaten to ''kill all Christians and Jews'' and bomb Sydney, police allege.

Khaled Zakaria, 30, faced Parramatta Bail Court yesterday charged with one count of using a mobile phone to menace or harass and two counts of making hoax threats using a mobile phone.


ACT Labor backs same-sex marriage



The Australian Labor Party's ACT branch has voted overwhelmingly in support of same-sex marriage.

A small group of activists gathered outside the ALP's ACT branch conference in Canberra on Saturday, calling for a decision supporting same-sex marriage.

They chanted: "One, two, three four, equal rights before the law."

Inside the building, delegates passed a motion that calls on Labor's national conference in December to support the right of all couples to be married, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

The ACT's deputy chief minister, Andrew Barr, is openly gay and says it is time for change.


Catholic staffer accused of embezzling $1.2m

Christopher Knaus - The Canberra Times

A Catholic education worker allegedly defrauded ACT schools of more than $1million, using an intricate web of fake identities, offshore bank accounts and deceptive transactions.

A worker inside the Catholic Education Office, which administers and supports the Church's schools, is accused of secretly embezzling $1.2million since 2004, using it to fund a life of excess and overseas trips. The 50-year-old Calwell man, who cannot be named, allegedly created a number of fictitious identities, which he used to pocket the money through shady financial practices. Police allege that, for six years, the employee continually defrauded the organisation he worked for, unbeknown to his colleagues.