Daily News - Friday 6 December 2013

Posted 6 December 2013 8:28am
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Playing God on asylum seekers is unacceptable

Jane McAdam, The Drum

The fate of asylum seekers shouldn't be left in the hands of any one minister whose decisions can't be reviewed - that's why we need complementary protection legislation, writes Jane McAdam.

Too close to home: people who live near pokie venues at risk

Martin Young, Bruce Doran, Francis Markham, The Conversation

Living close to a pokie venue is a risky business. This was a key finding from our comprehensive 2010 survey of gambling behaviour in the urban centres of the Northern Territory.

Andrews Announces Move to End ACNC

Freyla Ferguson, ProBono Australia

Federal Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has revealed his first move to axe the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Undetected asylum seekers on Christmas Island shows Sovereign Borders is failing, Labor and Greens say

The ABC

Labor and the Greens have cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Government's border protection policy after an asylum seeker boat made it to Christmas Island undetected.

Q&A: Government scraps debt ceiling

Monique Ross,T               he ABC

After initially failing to secure support to increase the debt limit to $500 billion, the Government has now clinched a deal to scrap the ceiling altogether.

Peris, Wyatt their people's first

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

FOR the first time in the nation's history, two Aborigines will head a parliamentary committee after Labor nominated Nova Peris to be deputy chair of a panel charged with delivering a referendum to change the Constitution to recognise indigenous Australians.

Pope Francis preaches Marxism, says Rush Limbaugh

James Bone, The Times

SHOCK-JOCK Rush Limbaugh has accused the Pope of preaching Marxism, reflecting an unease among US Christian conservatives with the pro-poor stance of the first pontiff to come from South America. 

Rohingya asylum seekers camp out on Christmas Island after boat sinks

Lucy Carroll, The Sydney Morning Herald

A group of Rohingya asylum seekers spent three days camped out on a Christmas Island beach unnoticed, eating crabs and coconuts to survive, after their boat sank on Monday.

Queensland at risk of earthquake, says new Emergency Management Inspector-General Iain MacKenzie

Tomas Chamberlin, Rob Kidd, The Courier Mail

THE man appointed to oversee and plan for the state's worst disasters says there is a "real risk" of earthquakes in Queensland.

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