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.
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.
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
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!”
Damien Murphy Zoo Weekly and its ilk are going the way of the dinosaurs and not just because of the internet.
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.
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.
Kajsa Ekis Ekman How rigorous and complex is the process to carry a child for another couple?
Clive Palmer has delivered an extraordinary tirade against Australia's biggest trading partner, describing the Chinese government as "mongrels" who shoot their own people.
HENRY BELOT Life imitated art last week as police confronted a look-alike of Breaking Bad's Crystal Ship in a Hume drug raid.
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.
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.
Olga Khazandec An Irish maid by the name of Ellen Tremaye caused an incredible stir, circa 1860.
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.
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”.
An Iranian mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious global prize known as the Fields Medal.
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.
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.
HENRIETTA COOK In one Facebook post Mr Dark questions whether ''butchy lesbians'' are considered women.
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.
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''.
KIRSTY NEEDHAM Child sex offenders who change their name without permission to avoid scrutiny, face five years in prison under toughened child protection laws.
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.
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 is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage in the US, joining other large companies that are taking a stand.
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.
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.
SAFFRON HOWDEN Senior government minister Eric Abetz has drawn a link between abortion and breast cancer while appearing on live TV.
BEN GRUBB Attorney-General George Brandis struggled to explain his government's controversial "data retention" policy.
"Within every single Aboriginal person is a spirit that needs to be awakened…"
HEATH ASTON The Abbott government has backed down on controversial plans to water down the Racial Discrimination Act.
RACHEL CLUN Determined not to separate the pair, the couple's family kept them together in the same bedroom. They died four hours apart.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Sylvia Pennington Getting away from abusive situations is hard, getting back on your feet financially can be harder still.
Candice Chung Proposes "mild date rape" theory on Twitter. Is confused when musings didn't go down well.
Candice Chung Apparently Sabina Altynbekova "is so attractive that it's a distraction to the sport".
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
SARAH OAKES Go and pass out with the cuteness of these images while the national anthems of 71 nations rings in your ears.
This American woman is filming her 'cat-callers', confronting them and then passing them cards that tell them to stop the nonsense.
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.
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.
London-based reporter says 'we are asked on a daily basis if not to totally ignore then to obscure the truth.'
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.
PHILIP WEN Ye Haiyan once offered sex for free to impoverished farmers. Now China won't let her visit Australia.
LUCY CORMACK A father grieving the death of his newborn baby has turned to Reddit in search of someone to photoshop her image.
LUCY CORMACK An online petition calling for a crackdown on vehicles with "misogynistic and degrading slogans and imagery" has now reached over 95,000 signatures.
Tess Little The Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.
LISA COX Support among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote on the issue in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a survey by the Liberal Party's own pollster.
JOHN GARNAUT Australia was once an outpost of “rascals and outlaws” but will soon adjust to the shifting realities of power, says a Chinese state-owned newspaper, which also has called Foreign Minister Julie Bishop a complete fool.
John Bacon Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for the right to education for girls, promised on Sunday to help free a group of Nigerian school girls abducted by Islamist militants, multiple news outlets reported.
Angelina Jolie has accepted an offer to visit Nauru, according to reports from Radio New Zealand.
Free at last
Well on his way to deeper waters.
MARK KENNY Clive Palmer has stormed out of an interview on the ABC's flagship television current affairs program, 7.30 bringing the segment to an abrupt end.
SARAH WHYTE Pregnant asylum seeker women on Christmas Island pleaded with medical experts to adopt their children out to Australian families four months ago, as they became anxious about their future.
Model and author Tara Moss is suffering from shock after she was randomly attacked by a man in the middle of Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday.
EMMA PARTRIDGE Model and author Tara Moss is suffering from shock after she was randomly attacked by a man in the middle of Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday.
KIRSTY NEEDHAM A NSW Nationals MP verbally attacked a female cabinet minister, threatening to "tear her a new orifice" and saying she had "never had a real man", because he was angry at her department's decision.