Daily News - Friday 13 December 2013

Posted 13 December 2013 9:21am

Person of the year Pope Francis reminds us of our nobler side

Tina Beattie, The Conversation

Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for “pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets”.

Labor's $300m childcare fund up for probity audit

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

THE Abbott government has taken the extraordinary step of referring Labor's $300 million Early Years Quality Fund -- designed to lift some childcare wages -- to the Auditor-General, arguing that it needs to be investigated over "concerns", particularly around "probity issues".

$1.2bn asylum-seeker blowout

Dennis Shanahan, The Australian

THE cost of processing asylum-seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea has blown out $1.2 billion since Labor's pre-election economic statement in August.

New federal push after High Court strikes down gay marriage law

Michelle Grattan, The Conversation

The cause of same sex marriage has been set back with the High Court unanimously knocking out the ACT’s law – invalidating the unions of about 30 couples.

Affordable Housing Under Scrutiny

ProBono News

An inquiry into Australia’s Affordable Housing has been established under the Senate Economics References Committee in Canberra.

New Crisis: 20,000 more jobless

Matt Wade, Anna Patty, The Sydney Morning Herald

NSW government forecasts unemployment rate will climb to highest level since the global financial crisis.

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