Daily News - Wednesday 4 December 2013
Ben Westcott, The Canberra Times
It might not seem all that remarkable for a 21-year-old to have a car, a boyfriend and be going to university, but for Canberran Lani-Diane Juric it's almost a miracle. When she was 14 months old, Lani-Diane was diagnosed with global development delay.
Lauren Wilson, The Australian
IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison has "shut the shop" for asylum-seekers waiting in the community for permanent residency, ordering his department not to consider any more refugee applications until temporary protection visas are restored.
Peter Kirkwood, Eureka Street
In Australia, sexual abuse by clergy is the Church issue of the moment. The ongoing national Royal Commission, which is due to begin public hearings into the Catholic Church next week, and separate recent enquiries in Victoria and NSW, ensure the crisis has been, and will continue to be in the headlines.
Rania Spooner, The Age
Prisoners could be building their own portable cells under a radical proposal put to Corrections Victoria to ease the bed shortage plaguing Victoria's justice system.
Christine Milne, The Guardian
The debt ceiling debate is a phoney debate imported from the US and used by the Coalition to create a false feeling of crisis. Let’s stop the game and demand accountability.
Chris Berg, The Drum
The Coalition centred its election campaign on putting the adults back in charge, but now that it's in charge it needs to earn the trust it thinks it deserves.
Today marks the first anniversary of Australia’s first national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, with supporters agreeing that a lot has been achieved but there is still a way to go especially in relation to the reduction of red tape.
Peter O’Brien, The Conversation
In a more perfect world, the big policy challenges of our time would be informed by timely, relevant academic research. There would be a close and effective dialogue between academia and policy.
Lisa Cox and Michael Inman
The ACT will host the first same-sex marriages in Australia this weekend, after the High Court reserved, until December 12, its decision in the Commonwealth's challenge to the territory laws.
Jessica Irvine, The Courier Mail
Like a frog in a slowly boiling pot, the initial warmth can lull you into a sense of complacency. Until, of course, you realise you're completely cooked.