Daily News - Thursday 19 December 2013
Sarah Joseph, The Drum
The defence of free speech is vitally important, especially in Australia, but this should not come at the expense of the dignity and equality of the disadvantaged.
Lexi Metherell, The ABC
The Federal Government is being warned against overreacting to signs of higher than expected costs in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
David Crowe, The Australian
TONY Abbott faces a blockade in the Senate on his flagship policy to boost paid parental leave, as he concedes that parliament could amend his original plan to help women earning as much as $150,000 a year
Advocacy and Disability Not for Profits have reacted strongly to suggestions that funding for the National Insurance Disability Scheme may be cut back or the roll-out slowed.
Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street
Christmas is a chameleon. It adapts itself to different cultures, different situations and seasons. But it wears sufficient ancient trappings to suggest that it has always been celebrated like this.
Richard Denniss, The Conversation
Sooner or later, the Abbott government will have to stimulate the economy using fiscal policy – just like the Rudd government did in response to the global financial crisis and the Howard government did in 2001. That was the key message to come from the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), released by treasurer Joe Hockey yesterday.
Robert Douglas, The Conversation
Before 9/11 and the “Tampa” episode in 2001, Australia played a thoroughly constructive and decent role in refugee resettlement following World War Two and the Vietnam War.