We tell kids Santa’s real, and the elf on the shelf is watching, but what message does this send to kids about surveillance, punishment, reward? And what about it stranger danger?
Some Liberal MPS fear taking a proposal for a religious discrimination act to an election is a risky move by the Prime Minister, but by framing the issue around multiculturalism he is presenting a challenge to Labor, writes Patricia Karvelas.
Members of the Coalition have been agitating for a decided religious discrimination act, particularly in the wake of last year's decision to legalise same-sex marriage.
Some Jewish residents in Canberra say they are afraid to go to public events or show religious clothing for fear of anti-Semitic attacks, which a Rabbi says has already driven one person out of the national capital.
Until recently, the priesthoods of all Christian denominations have been men-only domains. But the Brisbane diocese of the Anglican Church is now ordaining more women than men, despite women in Sydney still not able to become priests at all.
At 82, Geoff Meyers died never getting the redress payout he had hoped would provide some recognition for the sexual abuse he suffered as a ward. In the first five months of the scheme, 2,000 people have made applications, but only 20 survivors have received any form of redress.
The city of Padang launches a new campaign to "cleanse" LGBT people of their "social sickness" through religious exorcisms, a move that's been seen as part of the country's growing intolerance towards the community.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison challenges the Federal Opposition to back the Government's bill to ban religious schools from discriminating against LGBTI students, drawing an angry response from Labor.