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New York Times launches blistering attack on Tony Abbott over 'stop the boats' policy

Asylum seekers inside the compound on Nauru.

Nicole Hasham 8:05 AM   The New York Times has condemned the Abbott government's asylum seeker policies, urging European leaders not to follow suit.

Clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences for gay couples

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licences at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Kentucky.

Steve Bittenbender 7:42 AM   A county clerk in Kentucky was held in contempt of court and jailed on Thursday for failing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of the US Supreme Court.

The Project's Carrie Bickmore breaks down over drowned toddler

"I just can't look at that without being so upset." Carrie Bickmore broke down on The Project.

Inga Ting 7:36 AM   Carrie Bickmore struggled to maintain her composure on Thursday night as the panel discussed the heartbreaking images of a drowned Syrian toddler.

'It has made me a better person' - Former Army Chief David Morrison joins Diversity Council Australia

Retired Australian Army Chief David Morrison continues fight for diversity as new chairman of Diversity Council Australia

Clare Sibthorpe   Retired Lieutenant General David Morrison will bring enthusiasm as an advocate for gender equality, cultural diversity and LGBTI-inclusion to his new role.

NZ politics

New Zealand politician accused of making sexist comments at conference

"Everybody knows that Maurice is a bit flamboyant," Prime Minister said of Williamson (pictured).

His comments were described as "pub talk, sexist stuff" and "typical male chauvinist sort of stuff".

Dangerous Ideas

Visiting writers condemn Festival Of Dangerous Ideas co-curator over links to refugee policy

Laurie Penny is a feminist writer and socialist activist.

"Australia's cruel practices towards migrants are wholly unacceptable," the said in an open letter.

MMA fighter Monique Bastos neutralises would-be thieves in street attack

Monique Bastos

Richard Shute   She may be a weight class below UFC royalty Ronda Rousey, but Bastos has made it clear she is the wrong person to mess with.

Paid parental leave vital to gender equality, says Broderick

Outgoing Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, addresses the National Press Club of Australia on Wednesday.

Stephanie Peatling   Outgoing Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick leaves her position warning the government not to wind back gains made by women.

Petition to stop rape of Indian sisters as 'punishment' gets 175,000 signatures

A protest after the gang rape of two teenage girls in New Delhi in 2014.

Nita Bhalla   A village council allegedly threatened the sisters with rape because their brother eloped with a woman from a higher caste.

Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde causes outrage over rape remarks

Chrissie Hynde: "If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk ... who else's fault can it be?"

Singer Chrissie Hynde has caused outrage after suggesting women are to blame if they are raped.

Guilty verdict

Amal Clooney says Al Jazeera, Peter Greste guilty verdict 'sends a dangerous message'

Al Jazeera television journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo.

Esther Han   Amal Clooney has slammed the three-year prison sentences handed down by an Egyptian court to three Al Jazeera journalists, including Australia's Peter Greste.

Rowena Allen

Fighting for equality: meet Victoria's new sexuality and gender commissioner

PHOTO by Meredith O'Shea . Rowena Allen (Victoria's new gender and sexuality commissioner ) and partner kaye with teenager Sam and six-year-old Alex
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Jill Stark   Being silent is not in Rowena Allen's nature. But her openness has come at a cost.

Amal Clooney says Al Jazeera, Peter Greste guilty verdict 'sends a dangerous message'

Al Jazeera television journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo.

Esther Han   Amal Clooney has slammed the three-year prison sentences handed down by an Egyptian court to three Al Jazeera journalists, including Australia's Peter Greste.

Wear It Purple day

Schools show their true colours in face of Gayby Baby uproar

Students, police and the public celebrate Wear it Purple day in Sydney on Friday.

Eryk Bagshaw   They should have been watching Gayby Baby. Instead they were doing calculus with purple in their hair.

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Sacked Grill'd worker receives payout from burger company

Kahlani Pyrah has won a substantial payout from burger chain Grill'd.

Nick Toscano   A former hospitality worker has won a substantial payout from burger chain Grill'd after allegations she was sacked for speaking out against a low-paying wage agreement.

Hugo Atkinson launches change.org campaign to have his two mums and his dad recognised on birth certificate

Hugo Atkinson: 'It was just ridiculous to think it would even be a question, to choose between your parents.'

Lucy Cormack   Hugo Todd Atkinson wants his parents on his birth certificate - his mums and his dad. But current law won't allow that.

Judge Vassiliki Thanou sworn in as Greece's first female prime minister

Greece's top Supreme Court judge Vassiliki Thanou attends a swearing-in ceremony as the country's caretaker prime minister at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Thursday.

Alexandra Zavis   Supreme court president will lead country until elections.

'I am normal. My kids are normal': Penny Sharpe's emotional response to Gayby Baby furore

Penny Sharpe with her partner Jo Tilly and their children.

Sean Nicholls   Labor MP Penny Sharpe has delivered an emotional plea for understanding of same-sex families in response to the furore over the documentary Gayby Baby, slamming commentary the "nasty" and ill-informed.

'I am normal. My kids are normal': Penny Sharpe's emotional response to Gayby Baby furore

Penny Sharpe with her partner Jo Tilly and their children.

Sean Nicholls   Labor MP Penny Sharpe has delivered an emotional plea for understanding of same-sex families in response to the furore over the documentary Gayby Baby, slamming commentary the "nasty" and ill-informed.

Sleek Geek

This teenage science whiz won a prestigious Eureka Prize

Paige Bebee, who won Trop Jr in 2014, has been awarded the 2015 Sleek Geek Eureka science prize.

Marcus Strom   Paige Bebee's award-winning video showed the vital role the appendix plays in our digestive system.

Shock assault allegations

Jessica Rowe reveals assault by drunken news director

Jessica Rowe

Ebony Bowden   Just weeks after accusing Eddie McGuire of making her life hell, Jessica Rowe has revealed the harrowing moment a drunken news director assaulted her at work.

NSW Education Minister bans school from screening gay film

A still from <i>Gayby Baby</i> that fuelled controversy as it was distributed to parents on a flyer at Burwood Girls High School.

Eryk Bagshaw   The NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has banned a Sydney school from screening a film about children with gay parents during school hours.

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College fraternity suspended over vulgar 'welcome' banners at Old Dominion University

Vulgar "welcome" banners at an off-campus house near the Old Dominion University.

The banners read: "Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time," "Freshman daughter drop off" and "Go ahead and drop off mom too".

Champions of Change

Former Army chief compares war zone horrors to domestic violence

Retired Lieutenant General David Morrison.

Daisy Dumas   If Australian deaths in war zones matched fatalities from domestic violence, commanders would be held accountable and forced to explain, says the former head of the army.

'Lost Boys'

Laurie Penny: Feminism needs to talk more about male struggles

"Sexism and misogyny and gendered violence are economic issues at their heart."

Jenny Noyes   The feminist, journalist and social justice warrior argues men are struggling under the weight of patriarchy too.

Ashley Madison: Two unconfirmed reports of suicide linked to hack

Toronto Police Services Superintendent Bryce Evans, right, speaks to the media regarding the investigation into the AshleyMadison.com breach.

Josephine Tovey   There have been two unconfirmed reports of people committing suicide after their names were linked to the cheating website Ashley Madison, according to Canadian police, following the recent large-scale hack and release of customer information.

The nun who brings hope to one of the world's most dangerous places for women

Sister Angelique Namaika: "We are working hard to return some dignity."

Matt Wade   An African nun in is helping thousands of women subjected to sexual violence rebuild their lives.

The nun who brings hope to one of the world's most dangerous places for women

Sister Angelique Namaika: "We are working hard to return some dignity."

Matt Wade   An African nun in is helping thousands of women subjected to sexual violence rebuild their lives.

Youngest Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai achieves top grades at school

Top student: Despite being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai has achieved outstanding results at a British high school.

Angus Berwick   Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to win the Nobel peace prize , has another reason to celebrate after posting a string of top grades in her GCSEs, a set of important exams faced by British teenagers.

More Cosby accusers have come forward, bringing the total to more than 50

Bill Cosby

Maria Puente   "No one would have ever believed me in 1976. I would have been told that put myself in a vulnerable situation and it was my fault."

AFP woman staffer wins compensation after being sexually harassed and bullied by colleagues

An unsworn Australian Federal Police employee has won a compensation battle after being intimidated, bullied and sexually harassed by colleagues while working in Canberra.

Henry Belot   An unsworn Australian Federal Police employee has won a compensation battle after being intimidated, bullied and sexually harassed by colleagues while working in Canberra.

Teaching respect

Religious instruction scrapped, replaced with respectful relationships classes

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Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks   Victorian schools will scrap religious instruction from class time, and classes on domestic violence and respectful relationships will become compulsory.

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Some German universities will educate refugees for free

Refugees from Syria and elsewhere receive articles for daily use from donors at a distribution centre for refugees in Germany.

Rick Noack   While affordable tuition for undocumented immigrants is a remote prospect in some parts of the world, about 60 German universities are employing a radical strategy.

Free domestic violence hotline launches in Papua New Guinea

Free domestic violence hotline launches in Papua New Guinea

The hotline was launched on Wednesday in response to widespread violence against women and girls.

The other victims

When your partner is exposed as a child abuser

Woman

Jenna Price   We clearly understand the victims of child pornography are the children - but we are beginning to understand the innocent families of abusers are victims too.

The White House has appointed its first transgender staffer

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

Abby Ohlheiser   Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been hired as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

New study reveals sex and violence don't help sell products after all

An earlier Dolce and Gabbana which faced backlash over implications of sexual violence.

Laura Colby   "It never helps to have violence and sex in commercials. It either hurts, or has no effect at all."

Actor Emile Hirsch jailed for 15 days for assault on female studio exec

Charged: Actor Emile Hirsch

Victim Daniele Bernfeld: "It took two people to pull him off me, and if not for their intervention, the attack would have continued."

Rape culture

Rape trial shines spotlight on privileged school's 'sexual scoring' culture

'Trying to be number one' ... Owen Labrie.

Sarah Kaplan   Before they graduate, senior men at St Paul's competed to sleep with as many younger students as possible.

Julie Bishop's mysterious gay marriage stance

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in discussion.

Matthew Knott   During the Coalition party room's marathon six-hour meeting on Tuesday night, Tony Abbott only applauded once. That was, sources said, when his deputy, Julie Bishop, spoke at the end of the meeting.

Chelsea Manning charged over 'banned' Caitlyn Jenner mag

Chelsea Manning

Nick Allen   Manning could be placed in solitary confinement indefinitely for possessing banned items in her cell including a copy of Vanity Fair.

Love will conquer all: reaction on marriage equality

Amy Keeling (left) with her partner Amanda and their son Archer.

Rachel Browne and Julie Power   Like most couples planning to tie the knot, Amanda Keeling and her partner Amy are making careful preparations for their big day. They've booked a wedding venue, chosen their outfits and sent out invitations to their 60 guests.

MP's emotional story of uncles Derek and Ian who couldn't marry

Labor MP Tim Watts: "Not all gay men are Italian fashion designers."

Matthew Knott   The MP attacked Coalition Senate Leader Eric Abetz as an "anachronistic joke" in an impassioned speech about his family.

Eric Abetz says lots of gay men don't want to marry, citing Dolce and Gabbana

Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz.

Megan Levy   Senator Eric Abetz claims not all gay men want to get married, pointing to billionaire Italian fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana who never wed.

Sex worker rights

Amnesty International endorses plan to support full decriminalisation of sex work

Amnesty defended its new policy, saying it was the best way to defend sex workers' human rights and reduce the risk of abuse.

Katie Nguyen   The move will lead to pressure on governments by the prominent rights group not to punish millions of sex workers worldwide.

Marketing Fail

Bic pens failed spectacularly with sexist Women's Day message

Bic's 'empowering' message, which has since been deleted.

"Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, work like a boss."

#GirlsAtDhabas

Why are women sharing pictures of themselves at roadside food stalls in South Asia?

@girlsatdhabas

Their aim is to reclaim them as safe spaces for women.

'I breastfeed my friend's son ... what's the big deal?' blog creates waves

Breastfeeding blog post causes social media 'milk storm'

Daniella Miletic   'I breastfeed my friend's son ... what's the big deal?'

Jacqui Lambie

Jacqui Lambie opens up about her son's ice addiction in emotional plea for help

Senator Jacqui Lambie's revelations of her son's drug problems has been an important addition to the national conversation about addiction.

Judith Ireland   "Even with my title, I have no control over my son," Lambie said, speaking against a proposal to cut welfare to psychiatric patients charged with a serious offence.

The debate over Germany's sexist women-only car spaces

Parking spots for women in Germany.

Rick Noack   The parking spaces in women-only areas are larger than usual with the intention of "making it easier" for women to manoeuvre their cars.

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Senator Lambie tells Senate of her son's ice addiction

Jacqui Lambie

Judith Ireland   Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has told the Senate that her son is battling an ice addiction, during a debate on proposed welfare cuts.

Presidential race

Megyn Kelly on debate criticism: 'How are you gonna handle Vladimir Putin?'

Journalist Megyn Kelly says it's her job to ask tough questions.

Meanwhile, Trump is trying hard to convince people he's not anti-women, while refusing to apologise to Kelly.

Revenge porn

Revenge porn website operator claims 'free speech' defence

Kevin Bollaert appeared on Sunday Night

Josh Dye   Convicted revenge porn website operator Kevin Bollaert has spoken out from behind bars, claiming he ran the website in defence of free speech. 

Surprise confronts MPs as they arrive back in Canberra

Rainbow colours and marriage equality signage during a preview on Friday.

Latika Bourke   Canberra Airport has been lit up in rainbow colours to greet federal MPs flying into the capital, ahead of the introduction of a cross-party bill to support gay marriage expected this fortnight.

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Surgeons 'need teacher training to tackle sex harassment'

St Vincent's Private Hospital

Sarah Whyte   Senior surgeons should have formal training in teaching to eliminate widespread sexual harassment and bullying of clinical students, particularly females, a study has found.

Pope urges priests to welcome remarried Catholics

Pope Francis

Gaia Pianigiani   Reminding priests that divorced Catholics who remarry are not pariahs.

Dads need to bring more of home to work

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick says male bosses should set an example.

Catie Low   A text message to Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick from her son was a key moment.

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Tech industry sexism spawns hashtag

The OneLogin ad that sparked a sexist backlash

Kate Aubusson   What does an engineer look like? Apparently there is a strict aesthetic for entry into the club.

Reclaim Australia

Reclaim Australia supporter charged with threatening to slit the throat of prominent lawyer

Ms Veiszadeh says she has been subjected to shocking online abuse.

Rachel Olding   A Reclaim Australia supporter has been charged with threatening to slit the throat of a prominent Sydney lawyer and Islamophobia campaigner.