Daily News - Wednesday 4 December 2013

Posted 4 December 2013 9:25am

'I feel like I'm free'

Ben Westcott, The Canberra Times

It might not seem all that remarkable for a 21-year-old to have a car, a boyfriend and be going to university, but for Canberran Lani-Diane Juric it's almost a miracle.  When she was 14 months old, Lani-Diane was diagnosed with global development delay.

Scott Morrison freezes asylum-seeker claims

Lauren Wilson, The Australian

IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison has "shut the shop" for asylum-seekers waiting in the community for permanent residency, ordering his department not to consider any more refugee applications until temporary protection visas are restored.

Do sex offenders deserve dignity?

Peter Kirkwood, Eureka Street

In Australia, sexual abuse by clergy is the Church issue of the moment. The ongoing national Royal Commission, which is due to begin public hearings into the Catholic Church next week, and separate recent enquiries in Victoria and NSW, ensure the crisis has been, and will continue to be in the headlines.

Prisoners could gain skills - building their own cells

Rania Spooner, The Age

Prisoners could be building their own portable cells under a radical proposal put to Corrections Victoria to ease the bed shortage plaguing Victoria's justice system.

There is no debt ceiling crisis – just an erroneous fixation with the West Wing

Christine Milne, The Guardian

The debt ceiling debate is a phoney debate imported from the US and used by the Coalition to create a false feeling of crisis. Let’s stop the game and demand accountability.

A reputation for competence must be earned

Chris Berg, The Drum

The Coalition centred its election campaign on putting the adults back in charge, but now that it's in charge it needs to earn the trust it thinks it deserves.

ACNC - Surviving One Year On

ProBono Australia

Today marks the first anniversary of Australia’s first national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, with supporters agreeing that a lot has been achieved but there is still a way to go especially in relation to the reduction of red tape.

Build a bridge: tips to connect research and policy

Peter O’Brien, The Conversation

In a more perfect world, the big policy challenges of our time would be informed by timely, relevant academic research. There would be a close and effective dialogue between academia and policy.

Chance for same-sex marriages after High Court reserves decision

Lisa Cox and Michael Inman

The ACT will host the first same-sex marriages in Australia this weekend, after the High Court reserved, until December 12, its decision in the Commonwealth's challenge to the territory laws.

Australia has budget emergency - Joe Hockey must act

Jessica Irvine, The Courier Mail

Like a frog in a slowly boiling pot, the initial warmth can lull you into a sense of complacency. Until, of course, you realise you're completely cooked.

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