• Judge said he showed "a complete lack of respect"

    A 15-year-old boy died on school camp. Now, his family owes the school $8 million.

        Rita and George Chaina have endured 15 years of heartbreak. Their 15-year-old son Nathan died in the most tragic of circumstances, drowning on a school camp in October 1999 as his horrified brother looked on. Now the Chaina family has been dealt a fresh blow, having been ordered to pay $8 million in legal costs — a [read more]

  • hopeforgammycampaign3

    The surrogate child an Australian couple decided they didn’t want.

          Update 02/08: Abandoned baby Gammy has been rushed to hospital with a lung infection. Fairfax Media reports that six-month-old Gammy is in a serious condition in hospital, and his 21-year-old Thai surrogate mother Pattharamon Janbua fears that his life will end quickly if he doesn’t receive surgery for a congenital heart condition. [read more]

  • Richard Dawkins

    Apparently there are now degrees of pedophilia and rape.

      By REBECCA SPARROW “Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think.” That’s it. That’s the tweet that Professor Richard Dawkins (author of the best-selling book The God Delusion) sent out on Tuesday night. That’s the tweet [read more]

  • Would you buy this doll?

    The doll with a penis that broke the internet.

            By SHAUNA ANDERSON There is a doll that is freaking out customers in the US. A sweet baby blue powdery smelling plastic package of wholesomeness – until you un-peel the layers. Customers are in shock –  all in a tizz about its inappropriateness. Some go as far as saying “Little girls [read more]

  • 13,000 babies aged under one have been removed from their mothers in the past eight years

    Friday’s news in under 5 minutes

    1. Newborns taken from addicted mums       Nearly 13,000 babies aged under one have been removed from their mothers in the past eight years — but there are questions as to whether this punitive move is having any affect on assisting those mothers. The figures, released at the Australian Institute of Family Studies [read more]

  • christmas island asylum seekers

    Just when you think the treatment of children in detention could not be more repugnant, this happens.

          Trigger warning: This post deals with alleged child sexual abuse and self-harm, and may be distressing for some readers. Update: The inquiry into children in immigration detention today heard claims of sexual abuse against children by staff on Nauru, Yahoo News reports. Former Save the Children case worker Kirsty Diallo told the public hearing today that a [read more]

  • nappy

    The most beautiful thing you can do with those leftover nappies.

        By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST Babies grow fast. So fast, in fact, that in 2013 a group of Australian mothers found their toddlers could no longer fit into the nappies they’d bought just a few months prior. They were left with an excess of the things– and they started wondering how many women around the country [read more]

  • Israeli ground troops move into Gaza

    “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.”

      “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.” Those are the powerful words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who yesterday condemned an attack on a UN school in Gaza. Nineteen people died, and about 90 were wounded, after tank shells tore through the walls of the school on Wednesday. The school, located in the densely-populated Jebaliya refugee camp, was sheltering more [read more]

  • seanmurphypic

    A teenager was allegedly raped at Keith Urban concert. While onlookers filmed it.

          Trigger warning: This post deals with rape and may be distressing for some readers. A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped at a Keith Urban concert this weekend, surrounded by hundreds of other fans. The Daily Mail reports that Sean Murphy, 18, was charged with sexually assaulting the girl  at the Xfinity Center in Boston on [read more]

  • Kyle Sandilands Snow White

    Here we go again: Kyle Sandilands fat-shames new mums and pregnant women.

      Radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands is under fire for ‘fat-shaming’ pregnant women and new mums. In a promotional video for KISS FM entitled ‘Random Acts of Kindness’, 43-year-old Sandilands tries flower arranging to give to new mothers in a maternity ward. He says in the video: “There you go Mums, you’ve got some flowers had a baby; now [read more]

  • Toni McHugh features in an article in the AWW

    Thursday’s news in under 5 minutes

    BREAKING: The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned the wife of former Australian pole vaulter Steve Hooker from competing for two years. Ekaterina Kostetskaya, who is a 1500m runner, was reportedly found to be guilty of the “use/attempted use of a prohibited substance/method” at an event on August 30, 2011.  Kostetskaya won’t be able to compete until January 2015. Hooker and Russian-born [read more]

  • April MIllsap's family believe she knew her killer

    Her final text read: “OMG … I think I am being kidnapped.”

          The very last SMS that 14-year-old April Millsap sent was chilling. It read: “Omg… I think I am being kidnapped.” The teenager was out walking her dog Penny when she sent the ominous message to her boyfriend. Her beaten and bruised body was found hours later after her loyal border collie led [read more]

  • Caterina Alzetta.

    This 19-year-old’s hair killed her.

    An Italian teenager has died after her long hair became caught in her car’s steering wheel. 19-year-old Caterina Alzetta died as her car careered across the road into oncoming traffic on Friday, the Daily Mail reports. The accident reportedly occured in the northern Italian town of Montereale Valcellina, when the young woman rolled down a window [read more]

  • Farah Baker.

    The teenage girl who just gave the world a shocking insight into life in Gaza right now.

    Farah Baker is 16 years old. She has two younger sisters aged 14 and 6, a loving mum, and a father who’s a neurosurgeon. Farah should be doing her homework or enjoying free time after school with friends – But instead, she fears for her life. You see, Farah lives in Gaza, where a bloody conflict between Hamas and [read more]

  • planenewspic

    Jetstar crew member makes bizarre announcement. Cue: national outrage.

        Jetstar has apologised after a cabin crew member warned passengers to flush any drugs they were carrying down the toilet. The staffer warned passengers returning from the Splendour In The Grass music festival that drug-sniffing dogs were waiting at Sydney Airport, the ABC reports. News.com.au reports a crew member on a flight on Sunday told passengers: “We have been told [read more]

  • FILE USA EBOLA VIRUS

    Ebola is deadly. And it’s only a plane ride away from Australia.

      There are growing fears worldwide about the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is the largest in history.  More than 670 are dead across several West African nations - including leading Ebola doctor Sheik Umar Khan,  who died on Tuesday afternoon in Sierra Leone. Dozens of local health workers have also died from the virus, while two American [read more]

  • Should mobile phones be banned in cars completely?

    Wednesday’s news in under 5 minutes

    1. Ban phones in cars     There has been a call for mobile phones to be banned in cars completely after a Sydney model and beautician Sarah Durazza died in a car accident last year on a busy stretch of road in Sydney’s Mona Vale. Magistrate Hugh Dillon said yesterday at her Coronial inquest [read more]

  • Brave Finn faces a big challenge in the next few days

    Brave Finn heads back to hospital – our thoughts are with this family today.

        There is a family in Queensland with whom our thoughts are with today. A mother facing her greatest fear – and a little boy who has gone through hell bravely headed back to fight again. Our prayers are with this family – with Mum Sarah and Dad Jason. And we hold our collective breaths [read more]

  • juliagillardbooklaunchnews

    Julia Gillard! Welcome back!

      Good news for everyone who has missed Julia Gillard in public life: She’s back. The fomer Prime Minister has lain low since the 2013 leadership spill — but she appeared in public today to launch a former colleague’s book. Wearing a tailored pink jacket, Gillard launched former climate change and industry minister Greg Combet’s memoir, The Fights [read more]

  • Hamas

    Israel, Gaza and why this war is about to get so much worse.

        The rationale for Israel’s war with Hamas has a shelf life. The higher the death toll of innocent civilians rises, the less Israel’s friends will be able to claim that the ends justify the means. The Israeli leadership knows this and is daily calculating how far and in what way to proceed. The [read more]

  • painreliefpic2

    Good news for fans of epidurals and every woman who is considering having one some day.

        If you’re of the “epidurals? Bring ‘em on!” school of thought, this news will make you want to high-five science. A new study has revealed that controlling women’s pain levels during childbirth has an unexpected benefit: it may reduce the risk of new mothers suffering from postnatal depression. Chinese researchers analysed data from 214 women, [read more]

  • eye-roll

    In 3 days’ time, this everyday thing will become a massive hassle.

          By NICOLE PEDERSEN-McKINNON If you like giving the nice checkout chick/chap your autograph to buy groceries, you’ll be hungry come Friday. And be washing dishes at restaurants. And potentially miss the shoe sale of the century. In just three days, signatures will be switched off on credit and debit cards. You’ll need [read more]

  • privateschoolnews

    Can’t afford private school fees? This new website says you can.

          Fear you can’t afford private school for your kids? Worried you’ve left it to late to lock in a place for them? Fear not: A website launched this morning in NSW allows parents to search for last-minute discounted vacancies at private schools. The online service, schoolplaces.com.au, lists some of the 465 private schools in the state [read more]

  • scaryfacebookpic

    It started with a photo on Facebook. It ended with two children brutally killed.

      By SHAUNA ANDERSON   A young girl aged just seven, along with her baby sister and her grandmother, have been burned to death in their family home. The house was attacked by a mob angry over “blasphemous” material on Facebook. The horrific murders took place in the Pakistani town of Gujranwala, 140 miles from the capital Islamabad. [read more]

  • The teacher was a long standing member of staff

    Tuesday’s news in under 5 minutes

    1. Elite school abuse charges An elite Brisbane school has been rocked by indecent assault charges brought forth to one of its long-standing teachers. Nudgee Junior College teacher Kevin Jaey Robert Crisp, 48, faced court yesterday on four charges of molesting three students, the youngest aged 11. The teacher was stood down immediately. The Brisbane [read more]

  • socialmediagirl

    Make sure this app is deleted by every kid you know.

            She was 12 years old. She was allegedly using a popular text messaging service called Kik. What happened next is every parents’ worst nightmare: the US girl was allegedly contacted by several adult men and sent pictures of male genitalia – and then coerced into sending sexual images of herself. According to the Brisbane Times, police allege one [read more]

  • boyhonoured

    The photo that’s moving strangers to tears.

    An 11-year-old boy begged his family to let him donate his organs before he passed away from brain cancer last week. And now, this photo of a roomful of medical staff bowing down to his body is going viral.  China Daily reports that Liang Yaoyi’s dream was to become an inventor — but that as his [read more]

  • saturday chores

    Anti-abortion protest signs that are actually funny.

        Every week in the US town of Raleigh, pro-life activists gather outside an abortion clinic.  And every week, they’re joined by Grayson and Tina Curri. Just like the pro-life activists, Grayson and Tina Curri carry signs. But unlike the pro-life activists whose signs work to spread an anti-abortion message with slogans like “babies are murdered [read more]

  • A gang of boys assaulted the young girl just metres from the teacher's staff room

    News: Year 9 girl tied to a tree and sexually assaulted just metres away from teachers at her SA school.

    Warning: this post deals with issues of sexual assault and bullying and may be distressing for some readers.       Tied to a tree. With a gang of eight rubbing their buttocks and genitalia against her. Another male filming the assault. The young girl, barely a teenager screaming. Terrified. The footage posted online, it [read more]

  • AFP have cancelled plans to head to crash site

    Monday’s news in less time than it takes to drink your coffee.

    1. MH17 site dangers Australian Federal Police have cancelled plans to head to the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. Fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops in the area has prevented access to the site. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said last night the operation was [read more]