Dailys News - Monday 20 January 2014

Posted 20 January 2014 9:11am

Bill Shorten vows to fight for jobs in 'middle ground'

David Crowe, The Australian

BILL Shorten has vowed to rebuild Labor's support in middle Australia in a contest with Tony Abbott on policies to create jobs, as he outlines an agenda that rules out sharing power with the Greens. 

Echoes of the past as we turn boats back

Bianca Hall, The Age

They called it the Voyage of the Damned - the flight of 937 Jewish refugees who made a desperate bid to escape from Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II.

Oxfam calls for tax haven crack down

Sky News

Oxfam wants Prime Minister Tony Abbott to align himself with the 99 per cent of the world's population and call for a crack down on tax havens at the World Economic Forum.

Bushfires: rural residents are the solution, not the problem

Nicholas Gill, The Conversation

The return of heatwaves and bushfires to the news pages has brought fresh warnings that Australians who live in fire-prone zones still don’t fully understand the risk they are running.

Increasing out-of-pocket costs for childcare

Laura Chalmers, Courier Mail

CHILDCARE subsidies are failing to keep up with the rising cost of childcare fees, leaving Australian parents up to $10,000 a year out-of-pocket.

Tony Abbott's high-stakes expectations game

Paula Matthewson, The Drum

Tony Abbott gave himself room to back down on some promises without compromising his broader values, but he shouldn't push his luck too far.  

Australia is neither Christian nor atheist

Michael Mullins, Eureka Street

The Greens have called for the dropping of the Lord's Prayer from the opening of each day's sitting of Federal Parliament. 

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