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Bottle-O driver David Reynolds fined $25,000 for sexist comment

Bottle-O driver David Reynolds at practice for the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama on Thursday.

12:00 AM   Bottle-O driver David Reynolds has been fined $25,000 following "disgraceful" comments made during a press conference about an all female team.

Double standards

Saudi woman who posted video of husband groping maid could face jail

grope video

8:41 PM   A Saudi woman who posted a video of her husband groping the family maid on social media may face jail under the country's defamation laws, according to a report in a Saudi newspaper.

Workplace harassment

Cleavage photo ruled a workplace issue

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commissioner has questioned how a library employee taking secret photos of a staff member's cleavage is not sexual harassment.

Tony Moore 3:02 PM   A Brisbane woman who had her cleavage secretly photographed by her boss at Queensland's State Library has won a landmark appeal to have the incident ruled a workplace complaint.

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Shorten calls on Turnbull to do stop dithering over refugee rape case

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is being urged to allow the 23-year-old Somali woman to come to Australia for medical treatment.

Latika Bourke   Bill Shorten hits out at Malcolm Turnbull's dithering.

Domestic violence campaigners stage protest at UK red carpet premiere of 'Suffragette'

Protesters stormed the red carpet at the premiere of the film "Suffragette" on Wednesday

Sebastien Malo   "We're here to say to say that it's great that women's history is being shown in the film, but that the struggle is not over."

Your genes no longer owned by private company

Yvonne D'Arcy, who fought to have the breast cancer gene patent overturned, outside the Federal Court after it first ruled that mutations in the BRCA1 gene could be patented.

Amy Corderoy   A 69 year-old pensioner has succeeded in a David-and-Goliath battle against a multinational corporation that claimed a patent over her genes.

Refugee raped on Nauru begs PM to let her come to Australia for an abortion

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been asked to back his condemnation of violence against women with action.

Latika Bourke   A 23-year-old "vulnerable and traumatised" Somali woman who was raped on Nauru is pleading with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to allow her to come to Australia to have an abortion.

We need to act on the epidemic of sexual violence on Nauru

Detention centre

Jenna Price   "In my many years of experience, I have never seen the Department of Immigration conduct themselves this way. And I have seen a lot."


Hillary Clinton stares down US gun lobby, vows to push for background checks

"I think that there are still a lot of unanswered questions."

Nick O'Malley   Presidential candidate's stance popular with Democrats, but supporting gun rights an issue of identification for most Republicans.

Salim Mehajer's bizarre TV interview

Salim Mehajer at a lectern during his interview with Nine News.

Kate Aubusson   Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has fired back at his detractors in a bizarre stage-managed interview complete with speaking lectern and dutiful wife standing by his side.

The paper ceiling

Research on the gender gap in news reporting shows the 'paper ceiling' is real

Researchers referred to this significant and persistent underrepresentation of women in media as the 'paper ceiling'.

Jenny Noyes   No points for guessing which gender completely dominates the news.

Hillary Clinton pokes fun at herself in Saturday Night Live appearance

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dropped in at the late night comedy show Saturday Night Live on Saturday, appearing in a sketch as a bartender alongside comedian Kate McKinnon, who played the former United States senator and secretary of state.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dropped in at the late night comedy show Saturday Night Live on Saturday, appearing in a sketch as a bartender alongside comedian Kate McKinnon, who played the former United States senator and secretary of state.

A year on, deported Nauru detention centre staff demand an explanation

Former Save the Children worker Natasha Blucher. "The whole thing has been surreal – and symptomatic of a complete lack of justice in the system."

Adam Morton   Humanitarian workers deported from Nauru last year following unsubstantiated claims they encouraged asylum seekers to self-harm and fabricate stories of abuse are yet to receive an explanation – despite being promised one by the Australian government.

Father of Oregon campus shooter: How on earth could he compile 13 guns? How can that happen?

Locals leave flowers at a memorial along the road to Umpqua Community College on October 3, 2015

The father of the Oregon college gunman wondered how he amassed such a large cache of weapons.

Ronda Rousey becomes first woman to appear on Men's Fitness cover in Australia

Star fighter:  Ronda Rousey.

Inga Ting   UFC superstar Ronda Rousey has become the first woman to grace an Australian cover of Men's Fitness magazine.

In search of a good divorce

Marguerite Picard is helping people have a ''better'' divorce.

Michael Coulter   A new breed of organisation is dedicated to helping the one in three couples whose relationships end well before death does them part.

Why partners of political leaders don't deserve the harsh judgments

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Paddington:  Lucy Turnbull, wife of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on September 25, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Michele Mossop/Fairfax Media)

Wendy Harmer   It's a job that's been embraced, borne with stoicism or barely tolerated over the years.

Rosie Batty

Shut down offshore detention: Batty to PM

Rosie Batty welcomes the findings of the inquest into the death her son.

Tom Allard   The PM says he won't tolerate violence against women and children in Australia. Rosie Batty asks him: What about those we send to Nauru and Manus Island?

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Sexual harassment

Sex for surgical training: 'College sat on allegations for seven years'

Vascular surgeon Gabrielle McMullin told the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons that female trainees were being propositioned for sex by senior surgeons.

Julia Medew   Complaints that female trainees were being sexually harassed by senior surgeons corruptly wielding power over their careers have been ignored by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for seven years, a doctor says.

US anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman granted temporary reprieve

Troy Newman, via his Facebook page.

Nicole Hasham   A prominent US anti-abortion campaigner has been granted a temporary reprieve, after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton agreed not to remove him from Australia in the next 24 hours.

'Fierce' Julia Gillard cheered alongside Michelle Obama

Former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard speaks during a panel discussion entitled The Power of an Educated Girl at the Apollo Theater.

Josephine Tovey   As Tony Abbott is criticised for his disgruntled-seeming dismount from the top job, Julia Gillard seems to be flourishing in a post-political career as a champion of girls education and feminist hero.

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Revenge porn rife in Australia

Man on computer

Cosima Marriner   ​One in ten Australian adults has had a sexually explicit image of them sent on to others without their permission, prompting renewed calls for the Federal Government to outlaw revenge porn.


Phone abortion service overwhelmed by calls

A new service offering easy-access medical abortions has been overwhelmed by callers.

Amy Corderoy   They knew there was unmet need. But when Fairfax revealed the existence of a new telephone abortion service, the doctors involved had not anticipated how many calls they would receive.

Visa denied

Anti-choice campaigner Troy Newman blocked from entering Australia

Troy Newman.

Jenny Noyes   The last-minute intervention apparently had Newman pulled off a flight in Denver.


Our Watch ad campaign against domestic violence urges young men to #RespectTheLine

The video points out that once that line is crossed, violence cannot be undone.

Jenny Noyes   The video targets potential perpetrators, pointing out that once you cross the line into violence your actions can't be undone.

Q&A panellist Barnaby Joyce calls for improving manners to address domestic violence

Mind your manners: Deputy Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce says young people should be taught to respect women from a young age.

Neil McMahon   The deputy Nationals leader started off well, but strayed from the safe territory of facts and figures into that dangerous territory where gaffes loiter with intent.

Indian Prime Minister gets emotional during Facebook Q&A

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (left) with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg after speaking at Facebook in Menlo Park, California.

Tracy Lien   A question about family sparks a poignant memory from India's leader.

Luke Batty's death was not foreseeable: Coroner report

Luke Batty, 11, died when attacked with a cricket bat and knife.

Adam Cooper   Luke Batty's death was not forseeable, according to state coroner Ian Gray, who has handed down his findings into the death of Rosie Batty's son.

Clinton says Chinese President 'shameless'

Hillary Rodham Clinton has called Xi Jinping "shameless" for hosting a summit on women's rights.

Bloomberg News   Hillary Clinton called Xi Jinping"shameless" as the Chinese President hosted a United Nations summit on women's rights, a gathering the former first lady helped bring to global attention 20 years ago.

One in five young people blame the victim of sexual assault

The narrative that all abortions are traumatic, agonising decisions is false. Some are, of course. But not all.

Erin Handley   Almost half think tracking a partner electronically is acceptable, according to a new health report.

Why Lucy Turnbull doesn't want to be called First Lady

The Prime Minister's wife, Lucy Turnbull, says First Lady sounds too official for her.

Kirsty Needham   Lucy Turnbull says she will "carry on with the life I have been leading" in the wake of her husband's sudden catapult into the Prime Minister's job.

Book aimed at gay children becomes symbol of defiance in Moscow

A russian LGBT activist reads <i>I Think I'm a Poof</i> in Moscow.

Eryk Bagshaw   A new Australian picture book aimed at gay children has become a symbol of defiance in Russia.

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Phone service aims to make abortions cheaper, more accessible

A new service offering easy-access medical abortions has been overwhelmed by callers.

Amy Corderoy   A radical new service, run by the Tabbot Foundation, allows abortion drugs to be prescribed over the phone and sent to the woman's home.

The Ernies

Football Federation Australia takes out the 2015 Gold Ernie for Matildas pay gap

The Matildas had to cancel their US tour due to a pay dispute with the FFA.

Jenny Noyes   Paying our women's soccer stars below minimum wage and refusing them maternity leave has earned the FFA its gong for sexism.

Tackling gender inequality at work could boost world economy by $12 trillion

There are far fewer women in paid work compared to men due to the unequal sharing of household responsibilities

New research shows tackling gender inequality and enabling more women to join the workforce could boost the world's economy by $12 trillion over the next decade.

Sydney high school student wins medal at International Earth Science Olympiad

Winner: Zoe Thompson of SCEGGS Redlands.

Andrew Leeson   Zoe Thompson was one of four finalists representing Australia in Brazil after outperforming nearly 4000 other geology students from across the country.

Turnbull to go hard against domestic violence

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Mark Kenny   Malcolm Turnbull will make Australia's disturbingly high rates of violence against women his first order of business, declaring "real men don't hit women" and that the scourge that has already accounted for 63 deaths this year has been "overlooked for too long".

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Dalai Lama: My female successor will have to be 'very attractive'

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama acknowledges the audience at a school in Katoomba, west of Sydney, during his first public appearance on his current visit to Australia  June 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

Colin Freeman   The Dalai Lama has astonished many by declaring that if a woman were to take over his role, she would have to be "very attractive".

Bill Cosby sexual assault case may be reopened

Bill Cosby has repeatedly denied drugging women so he could have sex with them.

US comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defence lawyer as suburban prosecutors revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint against him.

'We should have done better': JB Hi-Fi apologises to man with Down Syndrome

Victoria Milne and her brother James, who was allegedly blocked from entering the JB Hi-Fi at Mt Ommaney.

Natalie Bochenski   JB Hi-Fi has apologised to a man with Down Syndrome who was blocked from entering one of its Brisbane stores on Monday, but the victim's sister said they've yet to make personal contact.

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Marise Payne

New Defence Minister Marise Payne asks to be judged on performance, not gender

Defence Minister Marise Payne.

David Wroe   Australia's first female Defence Minister says she hopes her appointment will encourage more women to join the ADF.

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Survey: More than 1 in 5 female undergrads at top US universities suffer sexual attacks

"My struggle with anxiety has helped to shape values of empathy and compassion that I strive to live by."

Nick Anderson, Susan Svrluga and Scott Clement   "It is shockingly bad, but it is the truth."

Malcolm Turnbull asks Lisa Wilkinson: Why are you so negative?

Malcolm Turnbull asked Lisa Wilkinson: why are you so negative?

Megan Levy   Malcolm Turnbull has used one of his first television interviews as Prime Minister to suggest Today show co-host Lisa Wilkinson should be more sunny and optimistic in the morning.

Women, young MPs the winners in Turnbull reshuffle

Big promotion: Senator Marise Payne.

Mark Kenny and Lisa Cox   In sweeping changes that were more dramatic than foreshadowed, the new Prime Minister has named an expanded cabinet of 21 – up from 19.

How Afghan women are being driven off social media

Cyber security is an increasing problem in Afghanistan, especially for women.

Peter Holley   Why Cyber security is an increasing problem in Afghanistan, especially for women.

Women in cabinet

Turnbull to promote more women to cabinet in frontbench shake-up

Malcolm Turnbull with Senator Michaelia Cash, before the reshuffle

Adam Gartrell   The number of women in federal cabinet will at least double when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces a new-look ministry designed to heal the bitter divisions of last week's coup.

Bishop rejects Macbeth tag

Splice of Bishop and Gillard posters

Kate Aubusson   Labor has re-imagined a damaging Liberal attack poster to paint Julie Bishop as the new Lady MacBeth

NSW considers allowing couples to advertise for surrogates

Surrogate mother Katrina with her daughter Isabelle.

Cosima Marriner   Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton determined to improve laws around surrogacy.

Melbourne woman taking on Transfield over children in detention

Shen Narayansamy has piled pressure on Transfield.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie   Meet the Melbourne woman making the corporate giant nervous about its investments in detention centres.

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Turnbull welcomed with a four-letter expletive

Malcolm Turnbull was accompanied by his deputy Julie Bishop (pictured) and wife Lucy, having just delivered his first press conference as Prime Minister, when he had the insult hurled at him.

Latika Bourke   One of the first words Malcolm Turnbull heard after being named Australia's 29th Prime Minister on Monday night was a four-letter expletive, not fit for publication, hurled by one of Tony Abbott's junior staffers.

What does a 'respectful relationships' class actually look like?

"It's crucial that we reach young people if we're to reduce violence in all forms."

Alice Williams   "It's crucial that we reach young people if we're to reduce violence in all forms."

Guess who's an anti-vaxxer now? Donald Trump

The 11 candidates on stage at the presidential library's Air Force One pavilion, where the presidential jet that served from 1973 to 2001 is housed.

Nick O'Malley   Autism foundation deplores presidential candidate's remarks despite scientists rejecting any link between autism and vaccinations.

Bikini Killed

Publisher bins Zoo Weekly due to 'poor sales'

The cover of a 2012 issue of the magazine.

Max Mason   Bauer Media has confirmed the final edition of the 'lad's mag' will publish on October 12.

'They thought it was a bomb': Boy arrested for taking home-built clock to school

"It made me feel like I wasn't human": Ahmed Mohamed at his home in Irving, Texas.

Nick O'Malley   He thought the project would get him noticed by his teachers. Instead, they had him taken out of school in handcuffs.

Slap dash

NT Attorney-General forced to apologise after saying he'd like to 'slap' a female MP

NT Attorney-General John Elferink said he was tempted to "slap" a female MP on Wednesday.

Jenny Noyes   After initially calling criticism "political correctness gone wrong" John Elferink has admitted his language was the problem.

Women in parliament

Liberal MP told to express more breast milk to avoid votes

Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer with her daughter Olivia.

Latika Bourke   One of the government's rising stars, Kelly O'Dwyer, has been advised to express more breast milk for her newborn baby to avoid her breastfeeding interfering with her duties in the parliamentary chamber.

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The 'injustice' thwarting child sex abuse victims

Greens justice spokesman David Shoebridge said the changes would be "timely, responsive and fair".

Emma Partridge   Under new laws, a hurdle for child abuse victims would finally be removed.

'They thought it was a bomb': Boy arrested for taking home-built clock to school

"It made me feel like I wasn't human": Ahmed Mohamed at his home in Irving, Texas.

Nick O'Malley   He thought the project would get him noticed by his teachers. Instead, they had him taken out of school in handcuffs.

Cabinet leak taints Turnbull as Abbott wants to stay in Parliament

Malcolm Turnbull

Latika Bourke   The fallout from the Liberal party spill continues with a damaging Cabinet leak against Malcolm Turnbull as Tony Abbott signals he'll stay on in Parliament.

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