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.

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Charities & NFP
Charity tax dropped

Pro Bono Australia

Not for Profit peak body, the Community Council for Australia, has welcomed a move by the Federal Government to not proceed with a new tax that would have brought into question all the income-producing activities of charities. David Crosbie, CEO of the CCA, said the decision of the Abbott Government to abandon plans for a new tax on charities and Not for Profits was a very welcome decision.

Children & Family
Community groups to play greater role in child protection

Rae Wilson – Queensland Times

Community organisations in regional Queensland will be able to address initial child protection concerns by 2015 instead of sending families straight to the Child Safety Department.

Stocktake of child protection to ‘identify gaps’
Tony Moore – SMH

The Queensland Government must “stocktake” its existing child protection system by February 2014 before beginning the biggest-ever shake-up of child protection in Queensland.

Pollies Christmas: Family comes first
Tony Wright – The Age

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is dreaming of a white Christmas – in Paris. Mr Abbott, his wife Margie and two of their daughters – Frances and Bridget – will fly to Europe later this week to be reunited with eldest daughter Louise, who lives and works in Switzerland.

Classification
The naughty list

The Rag Trader

Bonds, Windsor Smith and Target have landed on Santa’s naughty list this year. The clothing and footwear giants were named and shamed in a top ten list of advertising complaints for 2013. The Advertising Standards Bureau chief executive Fiona Jolly said while the number of complaints about individual ads were lower than in previous years, the reasons for complaint were broader.

Immigration Minister: revoke pimp rapper Snoop Dogg’s visa
Melinda Tankard Reist – Collective Shout

A petition has been launched on Change.org calling for the Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison to revoke the visa of US rapper and self-confessed pimp Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion aka Calvin Broadus.

Drugs & Alcohol
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell warns on alcohol-fuelled violence

Mark Coultan – The Australian

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell says that alcohol-fuelled violence is the fault of the community and Australia has to change its drinking culture. He defended his government’s record on controlling violence at licensed venues, saying a series of measures in Kings Cross and Manly had led to a drop in violence incidents in hotels and clubs. Measures at Kings Cross had led to a one-third drop in assaults on licenced premises.

Euthanasia
Significant minority’ of Dutch public backs euthanasia for elderly

Medical News Today

Physician-assisted suicide has been legal in The Netherlands since 2002, where doctors can legally help patients die if the request is voluntary, has been well thought out and if the patient is suffering with no hope of improvement. This recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, explores to what degree the public agrees with the right for older people – who do not have a serious medical condition and who have a wish to die – to receive physician-assisted suicide.

Marriage
The unspoken truth about marriage and kids
Bettina Arndt – SMH

It is often dismissed as ”just a piece of paper”, but it does make a difference. Couples should not have children if their relationship is not stable enough to merit getting married, a British High Court judge said last week.

Liberal colleagues Cory Bernardi and Dennis Jensen criticise Malcolm Turnbull over gay marriage comments
Jonathan Swan and David Wroe – The Canberra Times

Anger is rising within the Abbott government over Malcolm Turnbull’s advocacy for gay marriage, with the Communications Minister publicly criticised by two backbench colleagues.

Politics
MYEFO expected to show $120 billion budget deficit over forward estimates

Latika Bourke – ABC

Treasurer Joe Hockey is expected to unveil combined deficits worth more than $120 billion when he releases today’s budget update.

The growth in the number of registered Political parties
Antony Green – ABC

Despite political parties having been integral to the nation’s politics since Federation, it was not until 1984 that party names first appeared on national ballot papers.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking
Jennifer Weatherstone linked Juanita Nielsen to brothel during court case over 14-year-old sex worker

Paul Bibby – SMH

A Kings Cross brothel madam convicted of child prostitution offences had an unhealthy fixation with the famous entertainment strip’s sordid history and believed the key to one of its most enduring murder mysteries lay in her bordello, a court has heard.

Refugees
Refugees should be allowed to work

Australian Financial Review

David Leyonhjelm correctly says “The Greens take pride in their advocacy for refugees” But they appear incapable of taking the next step of admitting that refugees would be far better off if allowed to work.

Religious Freedom & Persecution
Egypt laws do not potect Christian Copts’ rights, could destabilize country’s future

Christian Post

Dr. Ali el-Samman, President of International Union for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue and Peace Education (ADIC) in Egypt is warning that Egyptian law does not adequately protect Copts with the future stability of the state hanging in the balance. Egyptian law does not protect Copts or women and the allocation of a quota system would help Copts and other religious minorities protect their rights, he stated, adding that it is a “shame” to keep the rights of Copts and women a topic of discussion in Egypt so far.

We will all lose if Christians flee the Middle East
Louis Raphael Sako – Telegraph

For almost two millennia Christian communities have lived in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. These groups have contributed economically, politically, and intellectually, and have helped shape their respective cultures. Unfortunately, in the 21st century Middle Eastern Christians are being severely persecuted. When they have the means, many are fleeing the region.