Mining magnate Andrew Forrest launches Global Freedom Network in bid to end slavery
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has launched an organisation to end modern slavery, with the support of the Pope and the senior Islamic authority.
Asylum seekers tell of harrowing tow-back in orange lifeboat
Sarah Whyte, The Age
People smugglers are continuing to entice asylum seekers to Australia from Indonesia, despite ramped-up efforts by the government to stop the boats.
Family First boss one of the top recipients of Rudd-era social housing scheme
Rick Wallance, The Australian
A housing organisation run by the Victorian head of Family First has emerged as a key winner of grants under the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
How we treat the vulnerable is a moral test beyond politics
Julian Burnside, The Conversation
I was recently invited to give a talk at a private club in a Melbourne suburb. A colleague has been a member for some years and arranged an invitation for me to speak at one of its regular dinners.
Australia's asylum seeker holocaust
Lyn Bender, Eureka Street
Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust, died recently in London aged 110. Her survival is a herculean feat in itself.
Jobs, not debt, must be top priority, voters tell Abbott
Mark Kenny, The Age
Voters have a clear message for the Coalition as it looks to curtail spending in its first budget: don't do it if it could harm jobs growth.