Daily News - Thursday 6 February 2014

Posted 6 February 2014 8:43am

Tax cuts fail to spark surge in working hours

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

TAX cuts delivered under the Howard, Rudd and Gillard governments over a 10-year period contributed to a rise in the number of hours families worked of only 2.8 per cent, about one hour per week per family.

Scathing UN report demands Vatican 'immediately' act against child sexual abuse


The United Nations has demanded the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to authorities.

Mayors call for more dams in the north to save towns, mining and rural industries

John McCarthy, Steven Scott, The Courier Mail

ANOTHER failed wet season will mean Mount Isa has viable water supply from its dams only until the end of the year, and its Mayor has called for an urgent summit to find solutions.

Australia's booze culture on trial

Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street

At festive times alcohol sits enthroned. Soon afterwards, as most recently in Sydney, it often stands in the dock, on trial for lethal violence in the cities and the trail of broken bottles lying in wait for children's feet on beaches.

Asylum seekers await court in Nauru over riot charges after magistrate Peter Law deported

Jane Lee, The Age

Asylum seekers charged with rioting on Nauru are among almost 80 people waiting to appear in court following the deportation of the island nation's only magistrate.

Child care should be tax-deductible, Tax Institute of Australia says


Child care should be tax-deductible in order to get more people back into the workforce, the Tax Institute of Australia says.

Treasurer's bold mission to end culture of handouts

The Australian

THE previous Labor government tried almost every tactic available to discredit Joe Hockey. Former treasurer Wayne Swan derided the popular MP -- and his political opposite -- as "sloppy Joe". 

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