ACL compiles a daily media monitoring service of stories of interest to the Christian constituency relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. Visit the ACL’s website each day to see what’s of interest in the news. Please note that selection of the articles does not represent ACL endorsement of the content.

 

Children & Family
Christian lobby: Every child has a right to a mother
Mark Brown – The Examiner
It is not our right to impose a motherless Mothers’ Day on a child
In our increasingly “rights” focused society, children’s rights, even to have a mother, are being increasingly overlooked.

Classification
Social network may be driving loneliness

James Gillespie – The Times
WHILE Facebook gives the impression new friends are just a click away, scientific research suggests that rather than helping its adherents to gather friends, Facebook may actually be making its 901 million users lonelier.
Some believe that with an estimated 125 billion friend connections – the world’s population is just over 7 billion – Facebook has become so vast it is undermining face-to-face interactions.

Euthanasia
Suicide on agenda at forum
Sunshine Coast Daily
THE highly emotive subject of euthanasia will be in the spotlight at a forum on the Coast next weekend.
According to experts, although Australia is ranked as one of the best places in the world to die, euthanasia advocates say Queensland still has a long way to go to equal its state counterparts in relation to the care of the dying.

Gambling
Stakes are high as apps turn kids into gamblers
Andrew Trounson – The Australian
CHILDREN are using smartphones as gambling machines as they get increasingly bombarded with opportunities to gamble through phone apps and social media sites such as Facebook.

Human Rights
Victorian Police to use Drones in fight against Crime
ABC News
Victoria Police have confirmed they are investigating the use of unmanned drones to help fight crime. Police say the technology could make their jobs safer but civil libertarians fear drones could lead to grave invasions of people’s privacy.

Indigenous
Australians give nod to indigenous preamble

Markus Mannheim – Canberra Times
Most Australians want a constitution that recognises indigenous people’s special place in the nation’s history.
But any words that hint at giving them extra rights will meet resistance, national research suggests.

Marriage
Doctors say heterosexual marriage better for kids
ABC News
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has distanced itself from a group of prominent doctors who say children are better off when raised by heterosexual parents, rather than same-sex couples. Around 150 medical practitioners from the group Doctors for the Family, including a member of Victoria’s Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, say children raised in heterosexual relationships “do better in all parameters”.

Even New Zealand supports gay marriage
Rodney Croome – The Punch
Barack Obama’s support for marriage equality highlights the fact that Australia is now the only developed, English-speaking democracy where the leaders of both major parties oppose the issue.

Five Reasons Christians Should Continue to Oppose Gay Marriage
Kevin Deyoung – The Gospel Coalition
Yesterday, to no one’s surprise, President Obama revealed in an interview that after some “evolution” he has “concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” This after the Vice-President came out last Sunday strongly in favor of gay marriage.

Push for Gillard to Review Gay Marriage
Dan Harris SMH
ARGENTINA’S President Cristina Kirchner will write to Prime Minister Julia Gillard to encourage her to support same-sex marriage, after an Australian pair became the first foreign same-sex couple to marry in the South American country.

Presidents Daughter says he’s a support of gay rights
SMH
HAVANA: The Cuban President, Raul Castro, backs greater gay rights and ending discrimination against homosexuals, his daughter Mariela, a famed sexologist, said during a colourful gay rights march in Havana.

President Obama’s support for same sex marriage fires up evangelicals
SMH Dan Eggen
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage is energising Christian conservative support for Mitt Romney in a way that the likely Republican nominee has so far not been able to do on his own, religious leaders say.

Cheers as Romney rejects same sex marriage
ABC News
Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney, wooing social conservatives, has adamantly rejected same-sex marriage and trumpeted his belief in Christian values and the family.

Obama’s words affirm gays as equals
Andrew Sullivan – The Australian
IN 1989, I was a junior staffer at The New Republic, which was then, in the pre-internet age, the single weekly magazine of political opinion in Washington.

Politics
Future of National Disability Insurance Scheme funds in doubt
Matthew Franklin and Adam Creighton – The Australian
LABOR has been unable to rule out a new tax or levy to bankroll its National Disability Insurance Scheme, conceding it has not finalised a funding stream despite having made delivery of the reform a centrepiece of last week’s 2012-13 budget.

Tony Windsor to get tough on Politicans who commit civil offences
Daily Telegraph. Gemma Jones
A REFERENDUM could decide whether politicians who commit civil offences should be punished by parliament, according to independent MP Tony Windsor. The push for stronger penalties comes in the wake of the Craig Thomson affair, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday refused to say if she believed the embattled MP’s claims that he was set up over payments to prostitutes.

House awaits explanation from Craig Thompson
The Australian, Christian Kerr
LAST Wednesday as the Coalition fought to force MP Craig Thomson to explain to the house the matters relating to him in Fair Work Australia’s findings on the Health Services Union, the embattled member for Dobell got to his feet. “I would like to indicate to parliament that I will be seeking to make a statement, probably in excess of 10 minutes and closer to 15 minutes, on the next occasion parliament sits,” Thomson said.

Other
Call to Revive Islamic finance in Australia
By Bernardo Vizcaino. Reuters
May 13 (Reuters) – The government of the Australian state of New South Wales, home to the country’s financial capital Sydney, will send a group to Dubai this week to discuss ways to develop the Islamic finance industry, officials said. The delegation, led by New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell and including financial services professionals, will explore regulatory and legal issues at a roundtable discussion with the Dubai Export Development Corp on Tuesday.