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.



 





Bioethics

Hand-made humans may hold the key to saving the world


Matthew Liao - SMH





I propose that we consider another solution to the problem of climate change that has not been considered before and that is potentially less risky than geoengineering. Elsewhere my colleagues and I have called this solution ''human engineering''. It involves the biomedical modification of humans to make us better at mitigating, and adapting to the effects of, climate change.














Classification

The net result: an irritable, addicted child gamer


Sarah Whyte - Sun-Herald





Addiction to the internet has moved a step closer to being classified as a mental illness with the inclusion of ''internet use disorder'' in a worldwide psychiatric manual. The move has been welcomed by Australian psychology professionals in response to a wave of always-on technology engulfing children.














Drugs & Alcohol

Strip club fight ends in glassing


Yahoo News





A woman has been attacked with a glass during an altercation between two women at a Kings Cross strip club earlier this morning. It is understood a woman employed by the club began fighting with a female patron before attacking her with a glass.










Shops in UK refuse to sell strong booze

SkyNews





A new campaign encouraging stores in Ipswich to stop selling low-cost, super-strong lager and cider is being watched closely by other police forces to see if it cuts crime. So far, half of the off-licences in the Suffolk town have agreed not to stock cheap drinks with an alcohol content of more than 6.5%.










Drug traffickers love Oregon's lenient medical marijuana laws

John Johnson - Newser





Medical marijuana became legal in Oregon 14 years ago, and since then it's become a booming source of profits for illicit traffickers, reports the Oregonian. The newspaper's investigation found that the traffickers easily exploit the pot program thanks to "scant state oversight and Oregon's exceptionally generous medical marijuana possession and plant limits, all of which lead to the production of far more pot than a typical patient needs."












Education

WA: New school model gets mixed results


Yasmine Phillips - The Sunday Times





A radical overhaul that will soon allow a third of state schools to break away from the traditional education bureaucracy has improved reading and numeracy results and reduced violence and bullying in some schools. But, according to the first reviews into the Independent Public Schools program, not all of them have been able to improve academic results in the first three years, nor taken full advantage of it by sharing resources with nearby schools.
















Environment

Thousands in line for slash to green tape


Sophie Foster - The Courier-Mail





Close to 10,000 Queensland businesses - embroiled in more than ten times the green tape of counterparts in Victoria - could soon see some relief, with talks to begin today that could allow ``low risk'' activities to operate unfettered. Environment Minister Andrew Powell confirmed the proposed changes would cut green tape for motor vehicle workshops, boilermakers, small-scale manufactures and metal works as well as some in the agriculture sector such as pig keepers and waste transporters.














Gambling

Woolworths' pokies 'target low-earners'


Stephanie Peatling - Sun-Herald





Supermaket giant Woolworths is earning hundreds of millions of dollars a year from some of the country's poorest regions because of the concentration of its poker machines in low-income areas.












Homelessness

First bloke looks to help homeless men after New York visit


Simon Benson - News Limited Network





He started with sheds for men and their problems, now Tim Mathieson is on a mission to save those without homes. The First Bloke was struck with a simple thought when he visited the oldest men's refuge in downtown New York yesterday. Why didn't Australia didn't have one?


















Indigenous

Bungle allowed paedophile to take care of children


Rory Callinan, Louise Hall - SMH





A paedophile was given parental responsibility for 19 vulnerable Aboriginal children and his organisation handed $5 million in taxpayer funding by the same government department which had classified him as a risk to juveniles years earlier.
















Marriage

Premier accused of reneging on gay marriage pledge


Farrah Tomazin - The Age





Premier Ted Baillieu has been accused of reneging on a pre-election pledge to give Liberal MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage in the Victorian Parliament. Mr Baillieu last week said he had no plans to follow in the footsteps of other states pushing to legislate for same-sex marriage — including NSW, where Liberal premier Barry O'Farrell is prepared to allow a free vote on a cross-party bill later this year.


















Politics

Labor to skip the Sydney by-election


Anton Green - ABC





Since its smashing defeat at last year's state election, the NSW Labor Party has been trying to find a way to re-engage with its traditional voter base.










Tanner's truth wounds Labor

Paul Daley - SMH





Lindsay Tanner has copped a super-sized bagging during the past few days. Of course, it's easy to dismiss his criticisms of Labor as structurally deficient, increasingly hollow and poll-driven, as just a case of reverse-mirror philosophy from a bloke who's biting the hand that fed him.










Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

‘Half the Sky' tells pain, hope of exploited women


Lynn Elber - Herald Sun





It wasn't a juicy script that brought together a half-dozen Hollywood stars, including Meg Ryan, America Ferrera and Olivia Wilde. It was the chance to tell the stories of women seeking, and finding, lives unbound by oppression. Half the Sky, a moving documentary series on US public television station PBS provides unflinching accounts of the worldwide exploitation and abuse that can ensnare women as well as girls. But it doesn't stop short of hopefulness.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egypt: Christians flee town after militant threats


Maggie Michael - Associated Press





Coptic Christian families have fled their homes in a town in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, fearing for their lives after receiving death threats from suspected Islamic militants, a local priest said Thursday. Father Youssef Sobhi said that Islamic militants dropped leaflets on the doorsteps of shops owned by Copts in the city of Rafah near the border with Gaza and Israel, ordering them to leave town within 48 hours and making an implicit warning of violence if they failed to do so. Two days later, masked militants on a motorcycle opened fire on one of the shops before speeding off, Sobhi said. No one was hurt in the shooting.












Refugees

Record month for asylum-seekers


Lanai Vasek - The Australian





The Gillard government's offshore processing regime is running behind schedule with just 150 asylum-seekers sent to Nauru, despite expectations 500 boatpeople would be housed on the island by the end of September. The threat of being sent to Nauru does not appear to be working as a deterrent, as 1107 people are thought to have arrived in Australian waters on 17 boats since the first planeload of transfers touched down on the tiny Pacific island on September 14.












Boat with 146 asylum seekers intercepted

NineMSN





A boat carrying 146 asylum seekers has been intercepted in Australian waters. The ACV Ocean Protector intercepted the vessel north of Ashmore Islands on Saturday, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said in a statement. An initial count suggests there were 146 passengers and three crew on board. For "operational and safety reasons" 134 people are to be transferred to Darwin for initial security, health and identity checks.
















Sexualisation of Society

Children in crisis over 'sexting' rise


Farrah Tomazin - The Age





Hundreds of children are seeking crisis counselling every month after having sexually explicit images of them or their friends sent via internet or mobile phone. As State Parliament reviews Victoria's so-called ''sexting'' laws, figures from Kids Helpline reveal that children as young as 10 are increasingly turning to the free counselling service in a bid to cope.










The 'Minister for porn' is back as Graham Perrett pens 'The Big Fig'

Samantha Maiden - The Telegraph





The Labor MP dubbed The Honourable Member for Porn over his first novel, Graham Perrett, has penned a saucy sequel featuring more explicit sex scenes titled The Big Fig. But Mr Perrett, who holds the seat of Moreton, one of the most marginal federal electorates in Australia, concedes he may delay publication until after next year's election to save his political hide.










Other

For Jill Meagher, a city marches in silence


Chip Le Grand - The Australian





Rarely have so many people gathered to make so little noise. For the length of a city suburb, they stretched, walking hand in hand, pushing prams, wheeling bikes, walking pets. They brought no loudspeakers, no chants, but something far more powerful: 10,000 thoughts for Jill Meagher.










Homophobia: what does it really mean?

Mercator Net





In discussing same-sex issues, let's scrap the labels and return to facts. According to the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC), as of 2009, men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for approximately 2 percent of the US population, but 56 percent of people living with HIV. This same demographic suffered 61 percent of all new HIV infections that year.
















Gonorrhoea warning

Star Observer





A blunt warning about rising gonorrhoea infe tions has been issued by the ACON’s director of HIV and sexual health. Geoff Honnor said notifications had been climbing steeply and were now at a six-year high.