Daily News - Friday 24 January 2014

Posted 24 January 2014 8:43am

Government MP says people on dole 'don't care about the community, just themselves'

Jonathan Swan, The Canberra Times

An Abbott government MP has accused dole recipients of trying to "screw the system", saying they are too self-interested to bother attending community meetings.

Is ‘unsustainable’ welfare growth really being driven by Newstart?

Peter Whiteford, The Conversation

Social services minister Kevin Andrews has targeted the Disability Support Pension and Newstart, the main payment for the unemployed, for reform, branding the current level of welfare as unsustainable.

The case for drought aid

Barnaby Joyce, The Land

TWO things have been worrying me lately about the deepening drought faced by many in Queensland and NSW.

Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa says Australia's asylum seeker turn-back policy 'unhelpful'

George Roberts, The ABC

Indonesia has fired back at Tony Abbott, saying it is "unhelpful" to bilateral relations for the Prime Minister to keep pursuing a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.

Kevin Andrews has no problem with government marriage counselling handouts because his wife is `no longer a marriage educator'

Jason Tin, The Courier Mail

SOCIAL Services Minister Kevin Andrews has been accused of a conflict of interest over his plan to introduce $200 marriage counselling vouchers after it was revealed his wife worked as a marriage educator.

Indigenous jobs hopes dashed

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

WEEKEND penalty rates must be cut to help create more "transitional" jobs for Aborigines, businessman Dick Estens, who runs the flagship Aboriginal Employment Strategy, has told the Abbott government.

Celebrating diversity on Australia Day

Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street

Next week begins with Australia Day and ends with the Chinese New Year. The juxtaposition suggests pertinent questions about Australian identity, especially the ways in which Australians have alternately included and excluded those seen as outsiders.

Catholic priest arrested and charged with sex offences in Bathurst

Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Telegraph

POLICE investigating a paedophile ring at two boarding schools in Bathurst have today arrested and charged a former Catholic priest.

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