• ALP leader Bill Shorten.

    Bill Shorten says he was the Labor figure investigated for sexual assault.

              Labor leader Bill Shorten has revealed he was investigated for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the 1980s. The Opposition Leader denied any wrongdoing, saying there was “absolutely no basis for the claim”. “I will not go into the details, except to say that the allegation was untrue and abhorrent,” he said. [read more]

  • Daily Telegraph

    Dear Newspaper Editors, what should I tell my kids who have questions about this?

          By SHAUNA ANDERSON This morning my seven-year-old son asked me the most uncomfortable question I’ve ever been asked as a parent. As he stood dressed in his green and gold school uniform, he looked up at me with his dark eyes and asked me why the black ninja was trying to cut the bald [read more]

  • Paper's decided to publish pictures of James Foley just minutes before his death.

    Don’t share photos of the moment James Wright Foley died. Share this.

            Update: The family of executed journalist James Foley has spoken about his brave and compassionate nature. His mother, Diane Foley, said outside her family home in New Hampshire: “Jim was very loved, very proud to be a journalist.” “He had such courage… He had incredible heart, and he always cared about people who [read more]

  • teens

    She’s only 18. And if she were your daughter, you’d be outraged too.

            By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST Warning: Details in this post are quite distressing and could be triggering for some readers.  She endured an unthinkable trauma that left her suicidal. What she needed was compassion and immediate action – but what she received was slow, unsympathetic mistreatment by the authorities who were supposed to act in her interests. According [read more]

  • Who's doing the homework now?

    Good news for parents whose kids refuse to do their homework.

    Here’s some news your children will love: Homework has almost no academic benefits for primary school students. At least, that’s what an inquiry in Victoria has claimed in a report published today. The Herald Sun reports The Victorian Parliament’s Education and Training Committee found that there was “strong evidence” that homework at  primary-level had little impact on academic performance. The [read more]

  • Paper's decided to publish pictures of James Foley just minutes before his death.

    Thursday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Parents of James Foley speak         The father, mother and brother of US journalist James Foley have spoken to the media saying how proud of him they were. “We just pray that Jim’s death can bring our country together in a stronger way,” his mother Diane said. His father said that James [read more]

  • Shaun Zagar and Kaleb and Zara

    He took three lives and received less than two years jail. It is time to demand justice for this family.

    By SHAUNA ANDERSON       It was June 4 2013. Shaun Zagar and his two kids, six-year-old Kaleb and five-year-old Zara were stopped in their car at the school bus stop. It was the day before Kaleb’s 7th birthday. Can you imagine the excitement the little boy would have been feeling? Safe. In his [read more]

  • Harry potter movie poster

    While you weren’t looking, Harry Potter told your kids how to vote.

            By ANTHONY GIERZYNSKI The idea that entertainment has an effect on our politics might seem ludicrous to some. Many would scoff at the notion that the Star Wars saga might have influenced the political socialisation of Generation X. Or that the music that the baby boomers listened to played a supporting [read more]

  • Twins Thailand

    NEWS: Hundreds of Australian families may now not be able to bring their babies home.

        Update: The Australian Osborne family, who are stuck in Thailand and unable to bring their twin girls home, require a costly court order to make it home. News.com.au reports the order will likely take three to six months to obtain and cost them $20,000 –$50,000 — but Adam Osborne says he’s reached his credit [read more]

  • jodhi meares drinking

    NEWS: Jodhi Meares has pleaded guilty to drink driving.

    Jodhi Meares has had her licence suspended for 12 months and been fined $1,100 for drink driving. The former model and Sydney fashion designer, 43, pleaded guilty to high-range drink driving in Waverley Local Court this afternoon. Her two charges of driving on a suspended licence were withdrawn. Meares arrived to court two hours late this morning, wearing a [read more]

  • Alannah Hill

    Don’t freak out, but Alannah Hill has started a new label.

              Melbourne designer Alannah Hill – she of the giant bows, vintage-look sequins and girly lace – has announced she’s starting a new label. Hill, who was ousted from her eponymous label in August last year, announced on Facebook the new label will be called Louise Love. Thanking her friends for [read more]

  • jaineedial

    The story of a man who proposed to his girlfriend and then tragically fell to his death.

      When Brad Parker’s girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal at the top of a picturesque mountain on Saturday, he thought it was ‘the happiest day of his life’. But the day turned to tragedy when Mr Parker, a 36-year-old fitness fanatic, set out on a celebratory climb without his fiancee that same evening. The yoga instructor and [read more]

  • Paper's decided to publish pictures of James Foley just minutes before his death.

    Breaking: US journalist reportedly beheaded by ISIS militants.

                In breaking news this morning, a US photojournalist has reportedly been beheaded by ISIS militants. Unconfirmed footage and photos of the moment James Wright Foley was killed has been uploaded to Twitter in what is reportedly a message to US president Barack Obama to stop intervening in Iraq. In the video, [read more]

  • The man is before the West Australian Supreme Court

    Wednesday’s news in under 5 minutes

    1. Arrests over murder of Reza Barati Six months after violent clashes on Manus Island’s immigration detention centre, Papua New Guinea police have announced they are charging two Papua New Guinean nationals for the murder of Iranian asylum-seeker Reza Barati. Fairfax Media report the men were Joshua Kaluvia, who worked with the Salvation Army, and [read more]

  • The man rescued the 3 y/o girl first

    Mother has “psychological episode” and jumps in river with three-year old daughter.

        By SHAUNA ANDERSON     Somewhere in Melbourne is hero – a man whose image is being broadcast from TV screens and is on the pages of the newspaper. The man who saved a mother and daughter – just three-years old from drowning yesterday afternoon after a mother tragically jumped into the Yarra [read more]

  • CLIVE

    Clive Palmer said something so racist even Pauline Hanson had a problem with it.

          Clive Palmer said a stupid thing on television last night. Wait, not stupid. Racist. Clive Palmer said an unforgivably racist thing on television last night. So unacceptable, that even Pauline Hanson had a problem with it. Palmer, who is the leader of The Palmer United Party and is also worth a casual $1.22 billion, [read more]

  • runawaygroom

    The groom-to-be who faked his own death to avoid marriage.

              Alex Lanchester was all set to marry the love of her life last Friday. The 23-year-old British woman had bought a dress off Ebay, booked a photographer and chosen the bridesmaids’ dresses. So when the phone rang a week before the wedding, she was startled to hear it was her American [read more]

  • what to eat during pregnancy

    News: You can do something during pregnancy to stop your kids having allergies.

          We all know that what women eat and drink in pregnancy can have a significant effect on the baby developing inside of them. For the most part, these guidelines have been limited to what NOT to eat and drink. Raw fish. Blue cheeses (oh, cruel world). Wine (it just gets crueller). But [read more]

  • Sheila Von Weise-Mack with her daughter Heather Mack

    A woman’s body found in a suitcase. Her 19-year-old daughter has been arrested.

            Warning: This post deals with graphic violence and an allegation of a sexual assault and may be distressing for some readers. Update: Heather Mack, the teenager accused of murdering her mother in Bali and storing the woman’s head in a suitcase, had reportedly been abusing her mother for years. Police reports [read more]

  • Would later start times work better for your kids?

    The Australian schools changing their start time so kids can sleep in.

          Teenagers need at least nine hours’ sleep every night, and regularly not getting enough sleep can affect their performance at school. Which is why some Australian high schools are considering allowing their students a sleep in — by contemplating the introduction of later start times. Starting next year, Melbourne’s Templestowe College will give its students the option of [read more]

  • Julian Assange to "soon" leave Ecuador's embassy in London

    Tuesday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Julian Assange to leave Ecuadorian embassy ‘soon’     WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told a press conference he will “soon” leave Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has been living for two years to avoid extradition. Assange also addressed rumours over his poor health, saying anyone would be affected by spending two years [read more]

  • (Photo: Facebook/Jennings Paige Photography)

    She was paralysed on her hen’s night. And now, she has some wonderful news.

      Rachelle Friedman was just weeks away from her dream wedding when the unthinkable happened. A playful push on her hen’s night left her with a spinal cord injury – that has paralysed her for life. Rachelle wrote of the incident last year on Mamamia: “In the summer of 2010, at my bachelorette party, one of my best friends playfully pushed [read more]

  • scott rush nikki 60 minutes

    Has this young mother just signed her own life sentence as well?

            By ELISSA RATLIFF Nikki Butler is a 38-year-old London banker and mother-of-two. And Scott Rush is her 28-year-old Australian boyfriend. He’s also a member of the Bali 9 and a convicted drug smuggler who is currently serving life in a Bali prison. The couple live on opposite sides of the world, lead completely [read more]

  • thailand surrogacy australia

    Monday’s news in under 5 minutes.

    1. Tinder balcony case     The legal team for Gable Tostee – the man charged with the murder of New Zealand tourist Warriena Tagpuno Wright, who fell from a 14th storey balcony at Surfers Paradise on August 8 — are preparing his bail application. The Courier Mail reports that police are examining a historical [read more]

  • throwing tear gas in ferguson

    Media black outs. Militarised police. What the hell is going on in the US?

            Over the past few days, you might have seen the hashtag #Ferguson on social media. And, despite how amazing she is, it has nothing to do with ABC’s Sarah Ferguson. The Missouri town has become the topic of international news headlines, after a young black man was shot multiple times by [read more]

  • Katie Price's book is out in September

    Happiness and joy for the survivor of an horrific acid attack.

    By SHAUNA ANDERSON   Warning: This post deals with details of sexual assault and may be distressing for some readers.     In March 2008 the life of Katie Piper, a television presenter and model, changed in an instant. A man she had met on Facebook raped and beat her. He held her hostage for [read more]

  • thailand surrogacy australia

    Sunday’s news in less than two minutes

    Australian same-sex couple allowed to leave Thailand with surrogate twins The Australian couple at the centre of a Thailand surrogacy scandal have been cleared to leave the country with their newborn twins, ABC News reports. The couple was one of two couples who were prevented from leaving Bangkok airport with their surrogate children on Thursday. [read more]

  • Wayne Swan book

    Saturday’s news in less than two minutes.

    Wayne Swan calls Rudd “extremely vindictive and juvenile” in new book Wayne Swan thinks Kevin Rudd has an “unstable personality” and that his treatment of people was “extraordinarily vindictive and juvenile”. In an extract from the former treasurer’s memoir The Good Flight: Six Years, Two Prime Ministers and Staring Down the Great Recession, exclusively published [read more]

  • Zelda Williams and her dad Robin.

    “I think the world owes Robin Williams’ daughter an apology.”

        By REBECCA SPARROW I made the mistake of Googling two words last night:  “Zelda Williams”. And I wish I hadn’t. Over dinner a friend had told me that Robin William’s daughter Zelda had written a poignant and touching  message to her father’s fans. I’d been told that she’d said that despite how much she was [read more]

  • harrietwranfacebook2

    She’s a socialite and daughter of an Australian political icon. She’s just been charged with murder.

          Harriet Wran was a privately-schooled Sydney socialite, the daughter of a Labor icon and the goddaughter of Kerry Packer. But this week, the nation is watching in horror as the 26-year-old beauty dramatically falls from grace. Ms Wran, the daughter of late NSW premier Neville Wran, told police she was ‘numb on ice’ when she allegedly stabbed [read more]