Daily News - Friday 13 December 2013
Tina Beattie, The Conversation
Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for “pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets”.
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
THE Abbott government has taken the extraordinary step of referring Labor's $300 million Early Years Quality Fund -- designed to lift some childcare wages -- to the Auditor-General, arguing that it needs to be investigated over "concerns", particularly around "probity issues".
Dennis Shanahan, The Australian
THE cost of processing asylum-seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea has blown out $1.2 billion since Labor's pre-election economic statement in August.
Michelle Grattan, The Conversation
The cause of same sex marriage has been set back with the High Court unanimously knocking out the ACT’s law – invalidating the unions of about 30 couples.
An inquiry into Australia’s Affordable Housing has been established under the Senate Economics References Committee in Canberra.
Matt Wade, Anna Patty, The Sydney Morning Herald
NSW government forecasts unemployment rate will climb to highest level since the global financial crisis.