Same sex marriage advocates have welcomed the proposed marriage equality bill set to be introduced to Parliament this Monday, but warn this is only the first step in a long process of social reform. Australian Marriage Equality is advising supporters of marriage equality in Liberal and National Party constituents to get in touch with their members to encourage a free vote.
New figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show nearly half of all people looking to get into social housing have been on the waiting list for 2 years.
At the same time the federal government has been pulling resources out social housing and has abolished housing advisory bodies which were set up to help deal with these issues.
The Western Australian government wants to change the state's 40-year-old heritage act, but is meeting with significant opposition both within the parliament and the broader community.
The American Council of Civil Liberties late last week released an app designed to record police brutality.
The app allows footage taken to be streamed directly to the the civil rights group and is deleted it once it is sent.
They say the app protects both the footage and the viewer from police retaliation.
This has prompted discussion among Australian law experts and civil rights advocates who are unsure whether it should be applied in Australia.
Bernard Thompson has this report.
It appears the rhetoric around the fairness of the recent federal budget continues to unravel.
Earlier this week it was revealed that sufferers of rare genetic disorders called inborn errors of metabolism will be stripped of support.
Those who have it lack the ability to properly digest protein - and an oversupply can lead to serious effects including brain damage.
All have to eat a highly specialised and expensive low-protein diet which up till now had been partially subsidised.