Lifeline chat service launched

A service which uses online chat to prevent suicides is providing support to people in distress who are unwilling to use telephone counselling services.

Lifeline for besieged Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is only marginally ahead of her rival among Labor voters.

Michelle Grattan Julia Gillard has received a boost in Labor's vote and leads Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister for the first time in nine months.

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Lib could throw PM lifeline on mine tax


Lenore Taylor, Phillip Coorey THE Liberal backbencher Mal Washer says he could support Labor's mining profits tax, giving the Gillard government a potentially crucial vote as it seeks to get the controversial measure through...

Habib's Egyptian lifeline


Natalie O'brien THE Egyptian lawyer of the former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib flew into Sydney yesterday and volunteered to give evidence at an inquiry into what Australian agencies knew about Mr Habib's...

Lifeline for jailed Indonesian children

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Natalie O'Brien ADVOCATES for Indonesian children jailed in Australia as adults for crewing people-smuggling boats have welcomed the decision to strip the Australian Federal Police of its role in determining the age...

Dad's pain spawns a lifeline


Jim O'Rourke A YEAR ago Gary Sillett lived through an expectant father's worst nightmare - the premature birth and subsequent death of his child.

Lifeline in more ways than one

Ellen Lutton IT WAS postponed because of the flood crisis and then eventually run during the week of cyclone Yasi, but the Lifeline Bookfest has still managed to draw the crowds.

Report throws Smith a lifeline

Dylan Welch Defence Minister Stephen Smith, under fire over his handling of the Skype affair, has been thrown a lifeline with the leaking of a document that reveals a senior Defence official involved in the...

Christmas Island asylum seekers attempt poisoning


Sarah Whyte Harrowing eyewitness accounts from the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission and a team of medical experts say there is a mental health crisis on Christmas Island, confirming multiple...

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Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke banned from practising medicine

Philip Nitschke.

Julia Medew Euthanasia and mental health advocates have backed health authorities' suspension of Philip Nitschke from practising medicine over his alleged handling of a troubled man who sought advice about how...

Knife edge

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Rory Callinan On the surface it's one of Australia's more bizarre suicides. But the family of the victim believes in a more sinister truth.

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke may be suspended

Euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke.

Harriet Alexander The Medical Board of Australia has moved to suspend the registration of euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke over his role in the suicide of a man who did not have a terminal illness.

Asylum seeker attempts suicide after being returned to Christmas Island

Australian customs officials and navy personnel escort asylum-seekers onto Christmas Island August 21, 2013.

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon A woman who is in hospital on Christmas Island after attempting suicide was returned to the offshore detention centre against the advice of mental health professionals after being transferred for...

Deadly Awards founder Gavin Jones dies after funding cut

Deadlys founder Gavin Jones has been found dead on his Goulburn farm.

Rick Feneley The Aboriginal founder of the Deadly Awards, the annual celebration of indigenous achievement, was shattered last month when he learned he would lose federal funding worth hundreds of thousands of...

Archie Roach says loss of Gavin Jones and Deadly Awards a double tragedy for indigenous Australia

Deadlys founder and executive producer Gavin Jones.

Rick Feneley The veteran Aboriginal performer Archie Roach says indigenous Australia is grappling with two tragedies: the sudden death of the pioneering producer Gavin Jones and the cancellation – caused by...

Milne snub to Palmer has greens on edge

Mark Kenny Simmering tensions in the conservation community over the Greens' response to Abbott government environment policies are threatening to fracture the party's support base.

Manus Island asylum seeker takes government to court

Jane Lee An asylum seeker who lost his eye after being struck with a rock during a riot at the Manus Island detention centre is taking legal action against the federal government and security company G4S.

Long-distance love in WWI

She loves me?: World War I soldier William Hangar worried about his girlfriend flirting with other men.

Julie Power It could be months between letters, leaving space for longing, jealousy and nagging doubts.

On the front line of suicide prevention

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Tim Barlass Inside the call centre on the North Shore on the front line of suicide prevention

Plan to cut number of suicides in half

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Tim Barlass Reducing the number of suicides by 50 per cent within a decade is the goal of about 20 organisations meeting next week.