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.



 



Abortion

House passes abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy


News Medical





House lawmakers Tuesday passed a nationwide ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy -- one of the most far-reaching federal bills on abortion in years. The bill, which faces long odds in the Senate and even longer odds to get the president's signature, is unlikely to ever become law.




















Drugs & Alcohol

End the lethal combination of sport and alcohol


Fiona Stanley, Mike Daube - SMH





There are few things in Australia that unite, motivate and engage like sport. What a national shame that it has sold its soul and players to the alcohol industry.










'Drug policing spend tops $1.1bn'

Sky News





Australia spends more on policing drug abuse than on treatment, prevention and harm reduction combined, according to a new report. This is concerning, says lead author Professor Alison Ritter, director of the drug policy modelling program at the University of NSW. Her team calculated that in 2009/10 governments spent $1.7 billion in direct response to illicit drug use.










Shops snub federal ban on synthetic drugs

Rebekah Cavanagh - Herald Sun





Victorian shops are flouting a national ban on synthetic drugs by continuing to sell the deadly substances. Consumer Affairs Victoria officers and police last night warned tobacconists, health stores and sex shops they would be raided to ensure they had stripped their shelves of the fake drugs. Suppliers who fail to comply face $1 million fines.














Euthanasia

A mad way to die in Quebec


Margaret Somerville - Mercator Net





The province is using extraordinary legal legerdemain to authorize euthanasia without violating the Canadian Criminal Code.










Gambling

Gambler guilty of stealing $220,000 from kindergarten


Mark Russell - The Age





A conman with a gambling problem volunteered to be president of the committee at his daughter's kindergarten before stealing more than $220,000 from it, a court heard on Thursday. Periclis Telios, 41, of Bentleigh, pleaded guilty in the County Court to one count of theft after admitting stealing $224,008.49 from the Ward Avenue Kindergarten Association at Oakleigh South between February and October last year.














Homelessness & Poverty

Greens give idea of living in a box a serious facelift


Heath Aston - SMH





Homeless people would be given factory-built apartments under a Greens policy that the party hopes will get the problem of rough sleepers on the election agenda. Homelessness and public housing charities estimate it would take the construction of 7000 units to ensure no Australian goes without a roof over their head.
















Indigenous

More funding for indigenous program


ABC





The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia has welcomed the State Government's announcement it will continue to fund an initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
















Marriage

Senators cross floor in defeat of same sex marriage bill


Sabra Lane - ABC





A bill recognising same sex marriages overseas has been overwhelmingly voted down in the Senate. Labor MPs were granted a conscience vote on the issue. Ten Labor senators, including a number of ministers, voted against it and Liberal Senator Sue Boyce crossed the floor on the vote.










Labor bill in SA seeks to legalise gay marriage

ABC





Labor backbencher Susan Close has introduced a bill to the South Australian Parliament seeking to allow same-sex marriage. Dr Close said the traditional rules of marriage between a man and a woman were too narrow and it was time for change.












Gay marriage debate reignites in parly

Nick Perry - AAP





A Liberal senator who crossed the floor to vote in favour of recognising same-sex couples who wed overseas has been praised for acting "with her heart and her mind", even though the bill was overwhelmingly defeated. Senator Sue Boyce's support wasn't enough to carry the bill to amend the Marriage Act, so that same-sex marriages in foreign countries including New Zealand were recognised under Australian law. The private member's bill, moved by the Australian Greens, was shot down in the Senate on Thursday by 44 votes to 28.














Politics

Tony Abbott coup in the Senate


Simon Benson - Daily Telegraph





Tony Abbott stands to gain control of the Senate on September 14, relegating Labor to its worst election result since 1901, according to a new state-by-state polling analysis. New fears have spread through senior Labor ranks that the number two Labor Senate positions in a number of states could now be at risk with Labor's primary vote at or below 30 per cent in most states.
















Refugees

Children taken off Manus Island


James Robertson - SMH





The Gillard Government has bowed to pressure about poor conditions in immigration detention on Manus Island and begun removing children from the facility. The immigration department confirmed 70 people were transferred from the island in Papua New Guinea to Christmas Island on Thursday. The group is believed to comprise 40 members of family groups and 30 single men.












Syria needs more help: governor-general

AAP





Syria is on the brink of catastrophe unless the international community steps up its aid to refugees from the conflict, says Australia's governor-general. "A worldwide tsunami of humanitarian action is required from governments, the corporate world and individuals," Quentin Bryce told the UNHCR World Refugee Day breakfast on Thursday.
















Sexualisation of Society

Only chastity can save sex in these sex-saturated times


Anthony Kelly - ABC Religion and Ethics





This seemingly most intimate and ecstatic activity of our embodied nature has often become grotesquely objectified. Culture thereby begins to suffer an erotomaniac fixation: experts discourse on techniques and performance; advertising's lurid images displace the elementally earthy into voyeuristic fantasy; internet porn is the turn on. In the face of this, how does interpersonal intimacy survive?












Other

Serious abuse at Defence Academy 'more widespread and persistent'


David Wroe - The Canberra Times





Claims of serious abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy and HMAS Leeuwin naval base are "more widespread and persistent" than previously reported, a high-level inquiry has found. In an interim report, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, headed by retired judge Len Roberts-Smith, found that abuse was evident at other recruit schools and training institutions as well.












Alan Chambers apologizes to gay community, Exodus International to shut down

Melissa Steffan - Christianity Today





Hours after apology, Exodus International announces plans to close and begin a separate ministry. Exodus International announced Wednesday night it will shut down and start a separate ministry for a "new generation." The announcement came hours after issuing an apology to the gay community. “We’re not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change – and they want to be heard,” said board member Tony Moore.