The launch of a commission to investigate child sex abuse was welcomed by the principal of an Australian Jewish school whose students allegedly were victimized. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday that the royal commission -- or public inquiry -- would look into children under the care of religious organizations and focus on the response of the institutions to the alleged sex abuse cases. She called child sex abuse "vile and evil."
Australia has withdrawn from the upcoming United Nations conference on racism over concerns of Israel-bashing.
Jewish groups have questioned claims by a former Australian ambassador to Israel that Julia Gillard was silent on the "excesses" of Israel.
And the former editor of The Age, Michael Gawenda, yesterday labelled as "bizarre" a report in the Fairfax newspaper and its sister paper, The Sydney Morning Herald, that linked Ms Gillard's stance towards Israel with a job given to her partner by an Israel lobbyist.