Daily News - Friday 17 January 2014

Posted 17 January 2014 9:05am

For better, for worse: why the couples that grow together stay together

Natasha Mitchell, ABC RN

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy famously says that 'happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' 

Red tape: not as straightforward as Abbott’s pledge to repeal

Michael Quilter, The Conversation

The idea that red tape is one of the most pervasive and damaging problems afflicting businesses has reached mythical stature over the years. And no doubt the Abbott Government sees it that way too, with newly announced plans to hold “repeal days” to roll back legislation.

Alcohol policy group says Barry O'Farrell ignored requests to meet

Sean Nicholls, The Sydney Morning Herald

A peak alcohol policy group says it has been unable to secure a meeting with Premier Barry O'Farrell to discuss evidence-based solutions to alcohol-fuelled violence, despite seven requests since the death of teenager Thomas Kelly.

Vatican faces United Nations panel over child abuse allegations

Mary Gearin, The ABC

The Vatican has told a United Nations panel assessing the Holy See's adherence to the Convention on the Rights of the Child that it wants to be an example of global best practice when it comes to eliminating child sexual abuse by clergy or church personnel.

Vic jobless rate highest in a decade

Josh Gordon, The Age

Unemployment in Victoria has reached the highest level for more than a decade, as the Napthine government braces for further job losses in the lead-up to the November election.

Government Plans New Disability Payment Scheme

Pro Bono Australia

The Federal Government will introduce a new payment scheme for employees with intellectual disabilities that work in Australian Disability Enterprises but peak Not for Profits say it isn’t enough.

Buyers beware: market swing means it's now cheaper to rent in Melbourne

Christina Zhou, The Age

Renting is cheaper than buying in all Melbourne suburbs bar three.  That contrasts with Sydney, where buying is cheaper than renting in only 30 suburbs, Adelaide 30 and Brisbane 50.

Best of 2013: Australian connections to drowned asylum seekers

Marg Hutton, Eureka Street

Saturday was the 12th anniversary of Australia's worst asylum seeker disaster. On 19 October 2001, 353 people, mostly women and children, drowned on the high seas trying to reach Australia in a small, dilapidated, grossly overloaded fishing boat that would later come to be known as Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel (SIEV) X.

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