Daily News - Friday 24 January 2014
Jonathan Swan, The Canberra Times
An Abbott government MP has accused dole recipients of trying to "screw the system", saying they are too self-interested to bother attending community meetings.
Peter Whiteford, The Conversation
Social services minister Kevin Andrews has targeted the Disability Support Pension and Newstart, the main payment for the unemployed, for reform, branding the current level of welfare as unsustainable.
Barnaby Joyce, The Land
TWO things have been worrying me lately about the deepening drought faced by many in Queensland and NSW.
George Roberts, The ABC
Indonesia has fired back at Tony Abbott, saying it is "unhelpful" to bilateral relations for the Prime Minister to keep pursuing a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.
Jason Tin, The Courier Mail
SOCIAL Services Minister Kevin Andrews has been accused of a conflict of interest over his plan to introduce $200 marriage counselling vouchers after it was revealed his wife worked as a marriage educator.
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
WEEKEND penalty rates must be cut to help create more "transitional" jobs for Aborigines, businessman Dick Estens, who runs the flagship Aboriginal Employment Strategy, has told the Abbott government.
Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street
Next week begins with Australia Day and ends with the Chinese New Year. The juxtaposition suggests pertinent questions about Australian identity, especially the ways in which Australians have alternately included and excluded those seen as outsiders.
Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Telegraph
POLICE investigating a paedophile ring at two boarding schools in Bathurst have today arrested and charged a former Catholic priest.