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Ernie Awards

Sexist politicians dominate in Ernies 2014 nominations

Clive Palmer has lost an appeal against a decision to refuse his appliation to build a rail line from the Galilee Basin to the Abbot Point coal terminal.

Damien Murphy 9:19am "Politicians don't seem to have learned a thing. Bless them."

Until death...

Skeletons uncovered of a couple that has held hands for 700 years

Image via University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS).

Kari Paul Skeletal remains more in love than you'll ever be.

Voiceless women

How older, poor, single women are being overlooked

Wendy Suiter, PHD student at Uni of Wollongong in NSW, majoring in Composing. She doesn't have much money and is single and is worried about being able to afford retirement. 
Tuesday 12 August 2014
Pic by Andy Zakeli Attn Age reporter, Caroline Zielinski

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A growing number of older women who are finding themselves locked out of the property market because of a lack of savings and superannuation, mainly due to a part-time or sporadic working life.

Oscar Pistorius verdict

Remembering 'humble and beautiful' Reeva Steenkamp


Emma Barnett The world must not forget Reeva Steenkamp says Nick Boulton, the photographer who worked with the late model for a decade, as he opens up to Emma Barnett about his reactions to the verdict so far

Carry That Weight

Students support alleged rape victim by helping carry her mattress

Emma Sulkowicz (L), a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carries a mattress in protest of the university's lack of action after she reported being raped

Radhika Sanghani Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz vowed to carry her mattress everywhere she went until her alleged rapist was expelled from university. Now, her fellow students have created a second movement in solidarity and vowed to help her shoulder the burden.

Islamic State

I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl who was given as a gift to IS

Islamic State militants shot Narin's brother and still hold her sister-in-law captive.

Mohammed A. Salih This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl who escaped after being presented as a gift.

Abbott's budget will leave poorer women worse off

2014 Budget a hard sell (Thumbnail)

GARETH HUTCHENS Women will bear the brunt of the Abbott government's budget cuts.

Everyday racism

How racist are you? Take the test

everyday racism

Krati Garg and Megan Toomey A new app helps navigate the subtlety of racism for you.


DiGiorno Pizza makes light of the #WhyIStayed domestic violence hashtag


Todd Wasserman Known for an active, irreverent Twitter feed, the brand made a serious misstep when it jumped in on a conversation about domestic violence.

90-year-old ladies marry after 70 years in love

Together forever: Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes.

RACHEL CLUN After more than 70 years together, American couple Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes have finally tied the knot.


Women share stories of abuse and survival via #whyistayed and #whyileft

Janay Rice, wife of Ravens running back Ray Rice, made a statement to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Domestic violence victims from all over the world have come together in a collective discussion – and outpouring of grief - about abusive relationships, with the hash-tag “Why I Stayed” spreading like wildfire on Twitter.

Improving before and after-school care key to women re-entering workforce


JUDITH IRELAND An increase in before and after school programs and holiday programs could be the most efficient and effective way of helping more women re-enter the workforce, the National Foundation for Australian Women says. 

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis reveals personal tale of two abortions

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis makes election night remarks at her campaign headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

Manny Fernandez The pro-choice Texas senator who became famous for her filibuster has discussed her own experience with abortion.

Malaysia Airlines launch totally misguided bucket list challenge

Marketing gaffe: Malaysia Airlines has rebranded its bucket-list competition.

LISA VISENTIN It has been a year of unfathomable catastrophe for Malaysia Airlines, which suffered the twin tragedies of the MH370 and MH17 crashes.

Protester storms stage, spills fake blood, yells at World Congress of Families

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 30:  Protesters rally against the World Congress of Families at the Catch The Fire Ministry in Hallam on August 30, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Farrah Tomazin, State Politics Ninety per cent of poverty could be solved through the affirmation of marriage between a man and woman, a contentious conference in Melbourne has heard.

Abolishing sexism

ABBA-backed feminists poised to make history in Swedish vote

Swedish Feminist Initiative

Johan Carlstrom Sweden’s feminist party may make history by becoming the first political group to get into a nation’s legislature with a primary goal of abolishing sexism.

Sexual assault

Woman vows to confront 'cowards' after being punched for challenging groper

The 22-year-old has shared images of her injuries on Facebook and claimed she would be punched again rather than let the

Claire Carter and agencies Mary Brandon was left with horrific facial injuries after a man punched her in the face because she told him to stop groping her.

Women at war

Life in the all-female Peshmerga unit in Iraqi Kurdistan

Women from the female-only 106 unit of the Peshmerga's 2nd Battalion on parade at the Genral Command Peshmerga base in Sulimaniyah in eastern Kurdistan. Andrew Quilty / Oculi.

Francesca Recchia “We are emancipated women and we do what we want. And, besides, we are the ones with the guns so they better be happy with what we do!”

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Australian men's magazines are on the way out

Anachronism: Magazines peddling the tired old format of glamour models and quirky stories belong in a different era.

Damien Murphy Zoo Weekly and its ilk are going the way of the dinosaurs and not just because of the internet.

Australian woman breaks her silence over sexual assault on Malaysia Airlines flight

Laura Bushney tells of her alleged sexual assault.

TOM DECENT Laura Bushney will speak about a sexual assault that took place on a Malaysian airlines flight earlier this month after it is alleged she was attacked by the chief steward.

Troops ignore ban of topless barmaids at SAS base

Topless barmaids photographed entertaining soldiers at a government recreation club.

RORY CALLINAN Troops disregarded a command to ban topless barmaids from a government military recreation club adjoining Australia’s main special forces base in Perth, the Defence Department has admitted.

Undercover as a surrogate mother


Kajsa Ekis Ekman How rigorous and complex is the process to carry a child for another couple?

Clive Palmer's racist spray against China on Q&A

Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer has delivered an extraordinary tirade against Australia's biggest trading partner, describing the Chinese government as "mongrels" who shoot their own people.


The awkward moment when you park your motorhome outside a drug lab

NEWS: Chris Convine of O'Connor with his '84' SOUTHWIND that is parked near to where the drug lab in hume was.  . 18th August 2014 .  Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

HENRY BELOT Life imitated art last week as police confronted a look-alike of Breaking Bad's Crystal Ship in a Hume drug raid.


Woman legally forced to give birth by caesarian after being denied abortion


Douglas Dalby A young woman who was refused an abortion despite claiming to be suicidal and protesting with a hunger strike has had her baby delivered by cesarean section in a case that has reignited the controversy over a relatively new Irish law that allows for abortion in limited circumstances.

Speaking up about sexual abuse: Jess's message of courage and hope

Jessica Clark

ADAM COOPER Jess Clark's biggest step stemmed from the smallest thing. It began when she forgot to log out of Facebook on the home computer and her younger brother, Brandon, got nosy.

Transgender history

Was this Australia's first transgender person?

Big Switch - images of Ellen Tremaye, Australia's first transgender person

Olga Khazandec An Irish maid by the name of Ellen Tremaye caused an incredible stir, circa 1860.

Sydney school kids take a stand against children in detention

Students taped their mouths to protest the fact that asylum seekers don't have a voice.

AMY MCNEILAGE Catholic schools across Sydney are taking a stand against children in detention, which they say violates basic human rights and is inconsistent with their Christian values.

#OtherThingsPoorDontDo: Joe Hockey's comments on poor people not driving cars sparks Twitter storm

LUCY CORMACK A loud Twitter chorus has responded to Treasurer Joe Hockey’s suggestion that Australia’s “poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far in many cases”.

Fields Medal

Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani is first woman to win Fields Medal for mathematics

Maryam Mirzakhani's work involves the behaviour of dynamical systems.

An Iranian mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious global prize known as the Fields Medal.

Victim blaming

Uni's rape advice: wear runners, carry whistle

Massey University wellington

Talia Shadwell Students in New Zealand have taken umbrage at a university's advice to evade rapists by carrying a whistle and wearing running shoes.

Melbourne boy writes letter to Tony Abbott asking why he won't let his two mothers marry

Jaden, 10 posting a letter to prime minister

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A 10-year-old Melbourne boy has written a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, asking him to explain why Mr Abbott won't let his two mothers marry.

Young Liberals

Another young Liberal has been busted posting sexist and homophobic slurs on Facebook


HENRIETTA COOK In one Facebook post Mr Dark questions whether ''butchy lesbians'' are considered women.

Baby Gammy

Baby Gammy: what difference will the 60 Minutes interview make?


Lindsay Murdoch and Rachel Browne The Thai surrogate mother of baby Gammy says his Australian biological parents are “dreaming” if they think they can return to Thailand and claim the son they are accused of abandoning because he has Down syndrome.

Young Liberals

Young Liberals called out for misogynist rants on social media

Facebook and computer

Henrietta Cook and Farrah Tomazin In a series of screenshots of Facebook messages leaked to Fairfax Media, Young Libs describe women as ''sluts'' and Muslims as ''degenerates''.

Child sex offenders who change their name without permission will face five years jail


KIRSTY NEEDHAM Child sex offenders who change their name without permission to avoid scrutiny, face five years in prison under toughened child protection laws.

Sao Paulo

Fury at Brazil job seeker pap smears, virginity tests


Women seeking education jobs in Brazil's most populous state should not be required to submit to gynaecological exams or prove their virginity, according to women's rights advocates.

Strangers respond to Facebook campaign to save woman's dying mother

Overwhelmed by the response: Stephanie Reynolds.

Stephanie Reynolds launched a Facebook campaign to find a kidney donor for her dying mother. They have been overwhelmed by the response, finds Sarah Chalmers.

Target joins fight in marriage equality


Target is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage in the US, joining other large companies that are taking a stand.

Frances Abbott's teacher speaks out on scholarship scandal

Frances Abbott: the PM's daughter allegedly had her student records accessed by a librarian.

Rachel Nickless A design academic who taught the Prime Minister’s daughter and has been caught in a leaking scandal has brought a legal claim against his former employer saying he was effectively dismissed – and he has added Tony Abbott as a respondent to the action.

Heavily pregnant ANZ employee disciplined after refusing pelvic exam, court told

Katherine Bashour outside court.

NICK TOSCANO A heavily pregnant bank worker was threatened with disciplinary action because she would not undergo a pelvic examination by a company-appointed gynecologist.

TV gaffe

Eric Abetz draws link between abortion and breast cancer

Senator Eric Abetz says studies have drawn a link between abortion and breast cancer.

SAFFRON HOWDEN Senior government minister Eric Abetz has drawn a link between abortion and breast cancer while appearing on live TV.

Brandis's blunder

George Brandis stars in "the most embarrassing interview you'll ever be likely to see"

George Brandis struggled to explain metadata on live TV.

BEN GRUBB Attorney-General George Brandis struggled to explain his government's controversial "data retention" policy.


Five best quotes from Nova Peris' appearance at the Garma Festival

Northern Territorian woman Nova Peris has been successfully endorsed as the Labour Partys top pic for the senate in the upcomming federal election.
Photo Glenn Campbell

"Within every single Aboriginal person is a spirit that needs to be awakened…"

Prime Minister dumps changes to 18C racial discrimination laws

Prime Minister Tony Abbot.

HEATH ASTON The Abbott government has backed down on controversial plans to water down the Racial Discrimination Act.

Real life

Couple married 62 years die just four hours apart, while lying next to each other

Melissa Sloan

RACHEL CLUN Determined not to separate the pair, the couple's family kept them together in the same bedroom. They died four hours apart.

Abbott's paid parental leave scheme shelved

Tony Abbott.

LATIKA BOURKE Legislation for Tony Abbott's prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to the parliament this calendar year.

Sydney woman facing adultery charges refused help with finding safe house

Lebanon's flag.

Natalie O'Brien A Sydney woman in hiding in Lebanon and facing adultery charges has been refused help finding a "safe house" by the Australian Embassy.

Meet Gillian Triggs, the woman taking on Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Potrait of Gillian Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commissioner, photographed at her Sydney Offices. Friday 15th March 2013. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH SYDNEY MAG 130315 SMAG130426

TIM ELLIOTT With her polished vowels and perfect diction, the 68-year-old British-born Gillian Triggs is shaping up as Scott Morrison's most powerful foe to date. But who is she?

Going viral

Turkish women told not to laugh by politician take to Twitter


Thousands of women have taken to Twitter and other social networks to mock Turkey's deputy prime minister for his declaration that women should not laugh in public.


Women who leave with nothing

Moving out and up: It is difficult escaping abuse and it carries financial implications.

Sylvia Pennington Getting away from abusive situations is hard, getting back on your feet financially can be harder still.

'Mild' rape

Richard Dawkins claims some rapes are worse than others


Candice Chung Proposes "mild date rape" theory on Twitter. Is confused when musings didn't go down well.

Sabina Altynbekova

Kazakhstan teen volleyball player slammed by critics for being 'too beautiful'


Candice Chung Apparently Sabina Altynbekova "is so attractive that it's a distraction to the sport".

Street fighter

Woman's 'Cards Against Harassment' campaign fights everyday chauvinism


Katie Sola Woman starts a movement by filming her street harassers and reprimanding them with a calling card..

Scottish Terriers in tartan vests are the break out stars of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

A Scottish terrier dog is lead out ahead of the India delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/ BEN STANSALL        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

SARAH OAKES Go and pass out with the cuteness of these images while the national anthems of 71 nations rings in your ears.

Watch: woman confront cat-callers


This American woman is filming her 'cat-callers', confronting them and then passing them cards that tell them to stop the nonsense.

African wives hide HIV to avoid being beaten

A Mother Holds A Crying Child

Jason Gale Protecting young mothers will be critical if the world is to meet a UN target of eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015.

Call for paid childcare for 'qualified' grandparents

Childcare: Nannies, grandparents and anyone else willing could join workers at childcare centres and family day care in being eligible for government payments.

MIKI PERKINS Nannies and grandparents could be paid by the government to look after children if they get the rightTAFE qualifications under a proposal to overhaul the nation’s convoluted childcare system.


Russia Today reporter quits over MH17 'lies'

Sarah Firth.

London-based reporter says 'we are asked on a daily basis if not to totally ignore then to obscure the truth.'

Wicked Campers

Wicked Campers to remove misogynistic slogans after success of Sydney mother's petition

LUCY CORMACK A Sydney woman has won in the fight against a campervan company's "misogynistic slogans", as a petition she started gained more than 110,000 signatures.