The new religious discrimination bill should be a statement of how much Australia values religious diversity and our commitment to creating a society where everyone feels safe and valued. Instead, we've had a toxic debate that has unnecessarily divided the community.
On the morning of September 6, several hundred concerned citizens withstood wind, cold and rain to protest the latest “get Clover” legislation from the Shooters and Fishers, legislation that would see many business owners given two or more votes, while other business owners would lose the one vote they currently have.
For the first time in its 150-year history the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appointed a woman, Dr Helen Durham, as the Director for International Law and Policy to its headquarters in Geneva.
The proposed changes to council elections have been met with strong opposition from many members of the City of Sydney. The changes, which are part of the bill introduced to the state parliament on August 14 by Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Bersak, would see businesses given two votes in elections.
KINGS CROSS: On a recent Saturday night South Sydney Herald's Peter Whitehead defied his Methodist instincts and ventured up the Cross accompanied by his work-experience Lois Lane. The bright lights, burly bouncers, bodacious body-barers, bordellos, boutique bars and booze-barns beckoned …
Two months before Barry O’Farrell announced the ‘one punch’ laws, he passed a different law that expands police powers to arrest without warrant. Like the ‘one punch’ laws, the arrest laws have been met with controversy, with some South Sydney community groups fearing the expanded arrest powers will reduce in-depth investigation and leave vulnerable people more exposed to abuse.
When my beloved grandmother died, she was a month short of her 94th birthday. It was a solemn and sorrowful day, but overwhelmingly it was a huge relief – for me, for everyone else who cared for and/or about her, and most of all for Gran herself.
I have sat and listened to many stories of horrific sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, stories that made me ashamed to be a priest and a Catholic. I have listened to people whose lives have been ruined and I have felt a sadness and horror I cannot put into words. I have spent time with people close to suicide and I have watched the moving struggle of others trying to put their lives together again.
With over 1,100 lives lost, the Bangladesh factory tragedy has placed a magnifying glass over the issue of labour exploitation. From beneath the rubble, stories of survival and loss emerge – the faces behind the fashion tags.With over 1,100 lives lost, the Bangladesh factory tragedy has placed a magnifying glass over the issue of labour exploitation. From beneath the rubble, stories of survival and loss emerge – the faces behind the fashion tags.
Flying overseas soon? Been divorced? Changed relationships? Own your own house or have a mortgage? Have children? Chances are you are one of the 45 per cent of Australians who don’t have a will. Maybe you don’t think you need one. Or don’t figure on dying soon! Who does? Perhaps you should take the opportunity during Good Will Week, August 5-11, to re-think your position and protect those you love.