Daily News - Monday 3 February 2014
Neil McMahon, The Age
Rattled Shepparton workers may become guinea pigs in an economic experiment.
Barnaby Joyce pushes for $7bn in relief aid to farmers
Sue Neales and Sid Maher
AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has vowed to wage a "mighty battle" in cabinet to convince his colleagues to sign off on a $7 billion bailout of "distressed" farm loans and avert a "complete and utter financial meltdown".
Noel Towell, The Canberra Times
The Abbott government's decision to scrap the national charities watchdog will remove crucial oversight and could affect public confidence in the system, the public sector union says.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Ten years ago, the Australian Human Rights Commission produced its report, ‘A Last Resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’.
Ingrid Wilson and Angela Taft, The Drum
While we shouldn't diminish the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence in public, we also need to acknowledge the hidden problem of drinking and aggression in the home.
Judith Ireland, The Sydney Morning Herald
The Coalition has seized on new figures that show the hourly cost of long day care has increased by 50 per cent since 2007, blaming the rise on the Rudd-Gillard governments.
Laura Chalmers, The Courier Mail
PRIMARY schools should be given greater incentives to offer out of school hours care, the nation's peak early childhood body says.