Daily News - Monday 24 March 2014

Posted 24 March 2014 9:21am



Child sex abuse royal commission: Cardinal George Pell set to give testimony


The former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, will make his first appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney today.

Gap between pension and Newstart widens further

Peter Martin, The Sydney Morning Herald

The age pension is approaching $20,000. The latest increase, to $19,916, opens up the widest gap yet between the single pension and the single Newstart unemployment allowance of $13,273.

Stigma of illness still rides black dog: survey

Julia Medew, The Age

Discriminating attitudes towards people with a mental illness have decreased over the past decade, but many Australians still believe people with depression are dangerous, ''weak willed'' and have themselves to blame for their condition.

Drought-stricken western Queensland families say education top priority


For rural families struggling with the financial stresses brought on by drought, many sacrifices have to be made.

Scott Morrison defends move by PNG to call halt to Manus Island detention centre inquiry

Heath Aston, The Sydney Morning Herald

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended Papua New Guinea's moves to end a judicial inquiry into human rights inside the Manus Island detention centre.

WA Senate re-vote: polls, issues and the troubled voting system

Natalie Mast and William Bowe, The Conversation

Voters in Western Australia will head back to the polls on April 5 to re-elect six federal senators following a Court of Disputed Returns decision in February.

Faiths fight forced marriage

Ashleigh Green, Eureka Street

This week's inauguration of the Global Freedom Network — a large-scale interfaith initiative to end slavery — publicly recognises the importance of interfaith collaboration as a means of understanding and addressing social issues.

Migrants fear racism, being victims of crime

Daniel Flitton, The Sydney Morning Herald

Australians are no longer just a weird mob - they are also seen as racist and discriminatory, a survey of new migrants says.

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