Daily News - Wednesday 23 October 2013
NSW bushfires: minister urges residents to leave Blue Mountains
Megan Levy, The Sydney Morning Herald
Rain that fell overnight on four major bushfires burning in the Blue Mountains and the southern highlands actually hampered firefighting efforts, authorities said, as strengthening winds had already ramped up to 70km/h early on Wednesday morning.
Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National
Australia's treatment of asylum seekers is back in focus after the Abbott Government directed public servants to refer to them as "illegals" and "detainees".
Paige Taylor and Paul Maley
EXTRA guards and federal police officers have been sent to the Christmas Island detention centre as authorities brace for a backlash, with asylum-seekers due to be told today they will stay on the territory indefinitely.
Denis Muller, The Conversation
It is remarkable how complacent Australia’s media has been in response to the federal government’s brazenly cynical suppression of information about asylum seeker boat arrivals. There were a few indignant editorials and then the circus moved on.
Abbott is benefiting from selective amnesia
Ross McMullin, The Age
Now that federal Labor has chosen its leader and its frontbench, it has to clarify its policy positions on a number of significant issues.
Sid Maher, The Australian
NATIONAL debt will peak about $30 billion higher than expected barely a month ago as a continuing slowdown hits budget revenue and the government prepares to ask parliament to raise the debt ceiling to a record $500 billion.