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Same Sex Marriage

Sarah Hanson-Young sets the date for marriage equality debate

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Judith Ireland 1:21 PM   The Greens will bring forward a Senate debate on the party's marriage equality bill next month, in a bid to stir federal parliament into action on same-sex marriage.

Tampon Tax

Joe Hockey pledges to axe the tampon tax under pressure on Q&A

"Stop taxing my period": A video questioner poses her question in a manner that stopped the treasurer in his tracks.

Jenny Noyes 10:03 AM   Confronted with a giant tampon and one simple question, what else could he do?

Home Free

Autistic boy facing deportation allowed to stay in Australia

Success: Maria Sevilla and her son Tyrone, 10, will be granted permanent visas.

Michael Koziol   10-year-old Filipino boy Tyrone Sevilla will be allowed to stay in Australia with his mother, following strong public condemnation of the government's plan to deport him.

Sydney Siege

Man Haron Monis used his business as 'spiritual healer' to sexually abuse women

Man Monis, outside Downing Centre Local Court in November 2009, was before the courts when he took 18 people hostage in Martin Place in December last year.

Nick Ralston   Inquest hears the Martin Place gunman was once a clairvoyant with 500 clients and making $125,000 a year, but he used his business as a front to abuse vulnerable women.

Just Not Cricket

Sri Lanka's female cricketers 'forced into sexual favours'

Sri Lankan Women Cricket Team players at Manly Oval before a practice match against Australia

Kate Aubusson   This is just horrendous.

Marriage Equality

Tony Burke backs same sex marriage in the wake of Ireland's vote

Tony Burke now supports same-sex marriage.

Dan Harrison   Labor MP Tony Burke says Ireland has proved same sex marriage is inevitable in Australia, and the best thing for community cohesion is to make the change as soon as possible.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott rules out same-sex marriage referendum

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Natalie Bochenski   Abbott said same-sex marriage was "dealt with" when it came before the parliament under the Gillard government.

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Women more likely to drop out of surgical training than men

Deb Colville, an ophthalmologist and president of the Victorian Medical Women's Society says casual sexism discourages women from entering surgery.

Julia Medew   Women are at least twice as likely to drop out of surgical training programs as men, fuelling concerns the prestigious profession is too patriarchal and in need of a cultural revolution.

Housing costs trapping women in domestic violence

Lack of affordable housing is keeping many women trapped in violent domestic situations.

Bianca Hall   The lack of affordable housing is keeping women trapped in brutal domestic situations and increasing their risk of homelessness, leading agencies say.

Bets Off

This Aussie sports site's Twitter account is a case study in offensive 'humour'

The photo of Manchester United footballer James Wilson and his girlfriend tweeted with an offensive caption.

Jenny Noyes   Odds Checker AU's offensive tweets offer a depressing insight into the worst of sports gambling's bigoted frat boy culture.

Emma Sulkowicz takes mattress protest to graduation ceremony at Columbia University

Emma Sulkowicz carries her mattress during her graduation.

Kate Taylor   The student who protested Columbia University's handling of her sexual assault complaint by carrying a mattress around campus all year hoisted it for the last time Tuesday.

Child offenders of domestic violence remain in the shadows, ABC's 7.30 reports

Shane Broadby's mother says she and other members of the family have been assaulted by him.

Kate Aubusson   Children are the offenders in 4000 to 5000 reported domestic violence cases in Victoria every year, but they largely go unreported.

Analysis shows same-sex marriage is only a handful of votes away from passing Parliament

Wayne Swan has changed his position on same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland   Former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan has switched his position on same-sex marriage, conceding he was "wrong" to oppose it.

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Nauru Inquiry

Nauru Inquiry: Ugly details emerge about guards' treatment of women

From left, Wilson Security's Brett McDonald, John Rogers and Lara Donnini appear before the Senate inquiry.

Sarah Whyte   On its first day, the Senate inquiry has already heard harrowing accounts of sexual assault, harassment and unsanitary conditions on Nauru.

New Zealand fulfils Australian woman's dying wish to get married

Devonport couple Sandra Yates and Lee Bransden have finally tied the knot.

With only weeks to live, Australian woman Lee Bransden married her partner Sandra Yates in NZ.

School teaches students women in de facto relationships are 'cheap prostitutes'

Group of students hanging out together after classes.

Myles Hume   A Christchurch school principal is defending contentious material given to pupils labelling women in de facto relationships "cheap prostitutes"

Turnbull's advice for Sales and Alberici

Leigh Sales

Latika Bourke, Michaela Whitbourn   Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull advised two of the ABC's most prominent journalists to adopt a "less aggressive" style of interviewing but defended them against accusations they are biased.

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The three words Joe Hockey claims he never said

The Age, News, picture by Justin McManus. 15/05/2015. Treasurer Joe Hockey spruiking the budget at a Enterproze Victoria function at the Crown Palladium.

James Massola   In life, and in politics, it's always pays to own up to a mistake and move on.

How schools are failing kids with disabilities


Rachel Browne   One in four students with disabilities have been refused enrolment and many are regularly excluded from excursions and extra-curricular activities a new survey has found.

Comrie Cullen told friends she had secret fund to 'escape' husband, court hears

Comrie Cullen was found with her throat cut.

Paul Bibby   Prior to her death, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, Sydney woman Comrie Cullen told friends she was collecting a secret fund in a bid to "escape" from him, a court has heard.

Hillary 2016

Hillary Clinton sent a heartfelt letter thanking the lesbian couple in her campaign video

Hillary Clinton in the video announcing her run for the US presidency.

She has an invite to their wedding now, obviously.

Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty says domestic violence is 'family terrorism'

Rosie Batty: "Let's put it in its context, this is terrorism in Australia".

Jenny Noyes   "Maybe then, with that context and that kind of language we will start to get a real sense of urgency."

Hecklers Schooled

Watch this Canadian reporter slap down a bunch of 'FHRITP' hecklers

Shauna Hunt confronts her hecklers in the viral video.

Marissa Payne   Shauna Hunt was heckled by a pair of unimaginative, vulgar men. Not only did she confront them - and win - one of them later lost his job over it.


Waleed Aly put his hand up for domestic violence funding in Tuesday night's budget

Waleed Aly's call for domestic violence funding in this year's budget may have been too late.

Jenny Noyes   But his pleas to #ShowMeTheMoney may have been too late.

LGBTI Uni Guide

The Human Rights Commission has created a guide to LGBTI-friendly Unis


Jenny Noyes   It turns out a lot of Australian universities have a long way to go when it comes to supporting LGBTI students.

Toxic Nails

Underpaid and overworked: The human cost of a cheap manicure

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16:  A model poses JINsoon nails at Karen Walker Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on February 16, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for JINsoon)

Clem Bastow   Is our desire for cheap indulgence more important than the rights and safety of our manicurists?

First Lady

Michelle Obama says she was held to a racist double standard

Michelle Obama: "By staying true to the me I've always known, I've found this journey has been incredibly freeing."

The first African American FLOTUS has given a stirring commencement speech, saying the only way she kept her sanity was to be true to herself.

Almost half of mothers to lose government paid parental leave entitlements

Let's hope the treasurer was listening to the National Commission of Audit, writes Amanda Vanstone.

Judith Ireland and Matt Wade   Almost 80,000 new mums will lose some or all of their government parental leave payments in new childcare package.

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Royal Commission

Healthcare watchdog's response to sex abuse claims 'indefensible'


Rachel Browne   The Royal Commission had heard the HCCC failed to properly investigate claims of sexual abuse against adolescents, and treated the complainants badly.

Domestic violence

A woman in the US used a pizza ordering app to escape domestic violence

A woman in Florida managed to raise the alarm about being held hostage by her boyfriend using a fast-food ordering app on her phone, according to local police.

Josephine Tovey   A woman in Florida managed to raise the alarm about being held hostage by her boyfriend using a fast-food ordering app on her phone, according to local police.

Milne Quits

Christine Milne quits as leader of the Greens

Senator Christine Milne has resigned as Greens leader.

"It is with a mix of optimism, pride, excitement and sadness that I am resigning the leadership."

Sydney residents hold candlelight vigil to remember 34 female violence victims

Locals attend a vigil for Linda Locke and all victims of domestic violence at Blacktown Village Green.

Kate Aubusson   Candlelight bounced off the sombre faces of west Sydney locals on Monday night as they gathered to remember victims of domestic violence, and the death of one woman close to home.

West Sydney residents hold candlelight vigil to remember 34 female violence victims

Locals attend a vigil for Linda Locke and all victims of domestic violence at Blacktown Village Green.

Kate Aubusson   Candlelight bounced off the sombre faces of west Sydney locals on Monday night as they gathered to remember victims of domestic violence, and the death of one woman close to home.

Friends' plea to find 22-year-old missing from nightclub

Rebecca Mackenzie is believed to have been involved in a verbal disagreement with a male friend at the Met Nightclub on Wickham Street.

Jorge Branco   Friends of a young woman missing after an argument in a Brisbane nightclub have started a desperate public campaign for information as the search continues.

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NSW suffers one of the worst weeks for domestic violence

Accused: Darryl Biles, 22, has been charged with murdering an 18-year-old mother.

Rachel Olding   A vigil will be held in western Sydney to remember 51-year-old Linda Locke and 33 other women killed so far this year.

DV Employees

Domestic violence perpetrators also hurt their workplaces

"There is an effect on work performance and there is strong evidence [domestic violence perpetrators] are causing accidents at work."

Anna Patty   Employers should do more to protect women - and themselves - from domestic violence perpetrators they employ.

Marriage Equality

Chris Bowen declares support for marriage equality

Chris Bowen: "In a conscience vote I have decided I would support same-sex marriage and that's not traditionally the approach I took last time."

Matthew Knott   The Shadow Treasurer has become the latest politician to drop a long-standing opposition to same-sex marriage.

Dave Goldberg

Dave Goldberg, chief executive of SurveyMonkey and the husband of Sheryl Sandberg, dies at 47

Dave Goldberg.

VINDU GOEL and QUENTIN HARDY   His brother, Robert Goldberg, shared news of his death in a Facebook post and urged people who knew him to post memories and pictures on Goldberg's memorial Facebook profile.

Domestic violence calls going unanswered as demand spikes

"About a quarter of the calls to Australia's national domestic violence counselling service are going unanswered."

Judith Ireland   About a quarter of the calls to Australia's national domestic violence counselling service are going unanswered, as counsellors battle to keep up with a growing demand of calls. 

New Pentagon survey shows sexual assault in U.S. military has fallen

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks at a press briefing on the Sexual Assault Annual Report in the Pentagon Briefing Room on May 1, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia.

David Alexander   62 percent of women assault victims saying they had been subjected to some form of social or professional retaliation

Alibaba pulls sexist job ad for programmer encouragement specialist 'with pornstar qualities'

Japanese adult film actress Sola Aoi.

Lulu Yilun Chen   The company was looking for a woman to fill the role of "programmer encouragement specialist."

Julia Gillard bears no ill will towards Kevin Rudd

Julia Gillard at the launch of her book today at the MCA in Sydney. 26th September 2014
Photo Dallas Kilponen

Rachel Browne   In an appearance in Sydney to promote her book, Julia Gillard says she'd stop and chat to Kevin Rudd if she ran into him at an airport lounge.

Scientists have paper on gender bias rejected because they're both women

<i>Jurassic Park</i>'s Dr Ellie Sattler

Reviewer thinks a man could help avoid "ideologically-based assumptions". The irony is almost too much.

French school sends Muslim girl home for wearing a long skirt

Sarah, the 15-year-old student sent home for wearing a long skirt.

Alissa J. Rubin   Well this is just getting ridiculous.

Tasteless TV

Seven Network accused of Nepal earthquake ratings grab

Actor Hugh Sheridan with his younger brother Zachary

Andrew Hornery   Sunday Night is under fire for exploiting the tragedy with its 'rescue mission' for Hugh Sheridan's brother.

Is Pope Francis a feminist?

Pope Francis waves to faithful.

He said the wage gap was "a scandal" that Christians should decisively reject.

Surgeons set up new complaints system to deal with sexist culture

Neurosurgeon Caroline Tan outlined last month how her career suffered when she spoke out about sexual assault.

Alana Schetzer   The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons will interview surgeons across the country in an attempt to clean up behaviour in the profession.

How religious groups prey on natural disaster victims

People wait at a school after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ruby Hamad   Aid is desperately needed, but religious coercion and opportunism is not.

Wicked Campers

Lonely Planet to remove Wicked Campers from New Zealand and Australian guidebooks.

Wicked Campers have been removed from Lonely Planet's Australian and New Zealand guidebooks.

JACK VAN BEYNEN   The world's largest travel book publisher will remove controversial campervan hire company Wicked Campers from its New Zealand and Australian guidebooks.


Sydney woman dies after assault in Quakers Hill home

Counting Dead Women death toll up to 34

Rachel Olding   A woman who was allegedly bashed by her partner in Sydney's north-westt had died in hospital, two days after sustaining horrific injuries.

Boko Haram

Hundreds of girls rescued from Boko Haram stronghold

Nigerian military posing with a  Boko Haram flag earlier this year.

Nigeria's military is claiming the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women.

Vigils held in Sydney for Bali duo

Cries for clemency: Amnesty international and Sydney Bali Nine activists hold a vigil.

Kate Aubusson   Roughly 300 people gathered Monday night to hold a candlelight vigil for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in their home city of Sydney one day before the Bali nine duo were to be executed.

UN report: Women still way behind on pay, career and help

"The sad truth is that 'I love life' is a filler."

Judith Ireland   Women worldwide earn only three quarters of what male workers are paid, while they do almost two and half times the amount of housework, a United Nations report has found.

Feminists vandalise Protein World ads

Women react to 'body-shaming' Protein World ads.

Protein World accuses women who don't like their ads of "fit-shaming" and being "fatties". Mature.

Plibersek push to make Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage

Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek

Judith Ireland   "It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?"

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Fashion giants under fire two years after Bangladeshi factory collapse

Rescue workers in the Rana Plaza factory after the collapse that killed 1129 workers.

Esther Han   The companies are under fire for refusing to sign a legally binding pact that protects Bangladesh's garment workers.

Al-Taqwa running ban

Al-Taqwa College principal Omar Hallak.

Henrietta Cook   Ex-teacher says Al-Taqwa College banned girls from running at sporting events because the principal thinks it may cause them to lose their 'virginity'.