In a shock announcement that ran contrary to the media narrative, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr would take over from Kevin Rudd and become Foreign Minister. He will fill the Senate spot left by the swift resignation of faction ‘heavy’ Mark Arbib who resigned after the leadership challenge earlier this week. Mr Carr said he was offered the opportunity for signing on for more public service “and I couldn’t say no”. He told reporters in Canberra that often you don’t choose the moment, it chooses you.
Ms Gillard said of the other moves:
“Craig Emerson will also take on an expanded role of Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, paying particular attention to increasing Australia’s international economic competitiveness, with a focus on the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.
Brendan O’Connor moves into Cabinet to take the position of Minister for Small Business, as well as Minister for Housing and Homelessness. Small businesses are central to Australia’s economy and deserve Cabinet-level representation.
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon will take on the additional portfolio of Emergency Management, which as I have made clear I believe must be a Cabinet-level appointment.
Tony Burke will take on the additional role of Vice-President of the Executive Council.”
Kim Carr loses Manufacturing to Climate Change and Industry Minister Greg Combet but picks up Human Services.
17-year-old model Hailey Clauson once sued a photographer for publishing images of her posed with her legs spread in a ‘blatantly salacious manner’. Mamamia covered that one at the time right here. She had asked for $28 million in damages. The case was later dropped. But Hailey is now featured in a new photo shoot by a different photographer Tyrone Lebon where she poses alongside a naked porn star and, in one shot, is being choked by a man’s hand. Jezebel writes: “It is strange, in light of that lawsuit and the barrage of publicity it received, that less than one year later Clauson, her agency Next, and her parents would permit her to participate in a shoot as sexualized as Pop‘s. To my eye, though, the most disturbing image from the story by far is the one which depicts Clauson being strangled by an unseen hand. For a magazine to sexualize violence against women in this way is frankly disgusting. This is not fashion, and this is not an appropriate way to depict any woman in a fashion spread — no matter her age. But to do this to a teenaged girl, when teenaged girls are among the groups most at risk of suffering violence at the hands of the men in their lives, is arguably even more offensive.”
Here are some of the other shots so you can judge for yourself. Warning: Some photos are Not Safe For Work [NSFW]:
Alberto Giubilini, from Monash University, and Francesca Minerva, from the University of Melbourne, say a foetus and a newborn are equivalent in their lack of a sense of their own life and aspiration and therefore killing them is the same as abortion. The pair were published in the Journal of Medical Ethics which has caused a storm of controversy in the United Kingdom. Fairfax reported:
About a third of infants with Down syndrome are not diagnosed prenatally, Drs Giubilini and Minerva say, and mothers of children with serious abnormalities should have the chance to end the child’s life after, as well as before, birth.