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

Pro-life society splits uni


Rosie Lewis - The Australian





Students at Sydney University have supported funding for its first ever anti-abortion society as a new debate around the issue heats up. The formation of the student group LifeChoice, which was endorsed by the University of Sydney Union last Friday, was fiercely contested at a two-hour meeting yesterday. But students rejected an attempt by the head of the Students' Representatives Council to denounce the new body as "discriminatory against women".




















Bioethics

Frozen embryos brought child to life


Evelyn Yamine - The Daily Telegraph





Trying for a baby was a tough time for Sydney couple Stephanie and Kyle Lidbury, but now they have frozen embryos to thank. But they have frozen embryos to thank for helping create their son Cooper, who is now six months old. Freezing all embryos for IVF may be the answer to more successful pregnancies and healthier babies, with a Sydney fertility clinic undergoing a world-first study to look at whether the frozen process is better than using fresh embryos.
















Charities & NFP

Australian charities in crisis


Nine News





Australia's charities are in crisis, not from a lack of donations, nor a lack of good intentions. The problem, according to some of the most prominent figures in the business, is that too many have lost their identity or have become sidetracked by big-picture financial issues. "Their purpose has become very blurred," says World Vision Australia CEO. Reverend Tim Costello.
















Children & Family

Gillard to host childcare affordability summit


Judith Ireland - SMH





Prime Minister Julia Gillard will hold a childcare summit tomorrow to talk about reforms to the system and concerns about the high costs of childcare. Ms Gillard said she wanted to make sure that families didn't see their financial support ''gobbled up'' by increased childcare fees and that women weren't ''dismayed'' by how much childcare was costing when they returned to the workplace.


















Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Surrogacy made easier in SA


NineMSN





South Australia has fallen into line with other states by changing its surrogacy laws. SA women will now be able to access a surrogate if their life or health would be put in serious danger through a traditional pregnancy. State parliament has also approved a change to define a woman who cannot carry a child to full term as infertile, allowing them to use a surrogate.














Drugs & Alcohol

Ice user choked and dismembered dealer Kristi, court told


SMH





An ice user choked a drug dealer with rope and held her head in a bucket of water as his girlfriend looked on, a Sydney murder trial has been told. Robert Thomas Best then sexually defiled the dead woman and cut up her body with a hack saw, the NSW Supreme Court heard today. Mr Best, 43, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Kristi McDougall, a drug dealer, at his apartment in Dundas on June 19, 2010.


















Education

Spend billions more on schools: Milne


SMH





Greens leader Christine Milne has challenged the government to cut billions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies and instead spend the money on schools. Education minister Peter Garrett told The National Times that painstaking work continued to overhaul Australia's school funding arrangements, but it could be necessary to extend government and independent schools’ current funding beyond 2013 while ‘‘a series of technical questions’’ were resolved.










Anti-homophobic bullying policy is 'unnecessary': Education boss

Courtney Trenwith - SMH





The Equal Opportunity Commissioner has criticised the government's refusal to establish a bullying policy specifically to protect homosexual students. Yvonne Henderson said nationwide research "very clearly" showed that a standalone homophobic bullying policy within schools dramatically reduced the level of self-harm and suicide among victims. Department of Education director general Sharyn O'Neill said it was unnecessary to create a separate policy for anti-homophobic bullying.














Euthanasia & suicide

Off the rails: workers, families appeal for trauma support


The Age - Mex Cooper





"The man that walked out that door happily on a sunny afternoon, has not and will not ever return to me as the same person that he was before this horrendous fatality." That's how a Melbourne train driver's wife describes the shattering impact of a railway death on her family as calls grow for more support and counselling for workers and their loved ones. The wife of the Metro driver contacted The Age after a series of articles on rail-track trauma and the psychological impact on workers.






















Homelessness

We can't afford age inequality in the workforce


Susan Ryan - Brisbane Times





As a society, we have been slow to recognise that millions of older Australians are locked out of the workforce by age discrimination. At last, however, the issue is on the public agenda. We are starting to understand the terrible waste of human capital involved. It is a loss to the national economy and to large and small businesses, and a devastating loss to people who are pushed out of the workforce prematurely. Add to this the fact Australian census results show homelessness among those 55 and over increased from 14,000 to 18,000 from 2001 to 2006.














Indigenous

Indigenous groups slam law 'tinkering'


SBS





Indigenous groups warn many of their elders will die before native title claims are resolved, despite the government proposing changes to existing laws. Indigenous groups have described proposed changes to native title laws as tinkering at the edges, warning that their elders will continue to die before some claims are settled. Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon unveiled the changes at a conference in Townsville on Wednesday.














Indigenous 'solutions' just disempower us further

Walter Shaw - The Drum ABC





In Aboriginal affairs policy, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Today, our families shop for basic essentials on a card that is a remnant of a dog tag from a long-forgotten era. The BasicsCard – which quarantines half of an Aboriginal person's welfare entitlement to ensure it is spent on food and clothing - is the Federal Government's 'solution' for Aboriginal poverty and dysfunction. To disempower us further. To underscore our difference from other Territorians. To rub our nose in it. And to put us in our place.




















Marriage

Christian lobby slams Seven's Sunrise for supporting GetUp! campaign on gay marriage


Nick Leys - The Australian





The Seven Network has been accused of betraying its audiences by allowing its flagship morning show Sunrise to support a campaign launched this week in support of marriage equality for same sex couples. The Australian Christian Lobby has made a formal complaint to both Seven and the broadcast regulator and instructed its members to complain directly to Seven and the commercial sponsors of the high-rating program over its involvement in the I Do! campaign, which will be launched on the show this morning.






Seven's 'I do' role draws complaint

Dan Harrison – The Age





The Australian Christian Lobby has complained to the media regulator about the involvement of Channel Seven's Sunrise program in a campaign for same-sex marriage. The breakfast news program has joined with campaigners Australian Marriage Equality and GetUp! and marie claire magazine to collect signatures for a petition to legalise same-sex marriage and will broadcast today from pro-gay marriage events in Melbourne and Sydney.










Rivals of same-sex marriage lose key federal court case

Ethan Bronner - SMH





The likelihood that the US Supreme Court will weigh in on same-sex marriage in the coming year grew considerably on Tuesday when a federal appeals court rejected a request to review its own recent ruling throwing out a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California. The decision came less than a week after a federal appeals court in Boston also granted a victory to same-sex marriage supporters. That ruling asserted that a federal law declaring marriage to be a union solely between a man and a woman discriminated against married same-sex couples by denying them benefits afforded to heterosexual couples.














Politics

Growth figures an answer to doomsayers: Wayne Swan


Ben Packham - The Australian





New figures showing "stunning" economic growth should mark a turning point in the nation's economic debate, Wayne Swan has declared. The Treasurer said today's national accounts figures, showing GDP growth at 4.3 per cent in the year to March, smashed the arguments of the Coalition and some in the business community that the economy was in trouble. He said they were numbers about which every Australian could feel proud and which should put a "bounce" in the nation's step.




















Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Corbell moves to better protect sex workers


ABC





The ACT Government will move to strengthen measures preventing young people working in the sex industry. The Government has issued its response to an Legislative Assembly committee report into prostitution laws. The inquiry came after a 17-year-old girl died while working in a Canberra brothel in 2008.










ACT blitz on sex slavery, crime

Christopher Knaus - Canberra Times





The government will move to better protect young people from being caught up in the ACT’s sex industry, and will examine how it can stamp out sex slavery, organised crime, and human trafficking in the territory. The government released its response yesterday to an Assembly Committee report investigating the territory’s prostitution laws. It made 17 recommendations ranging from creating a stronger inspection regime for brothels, a requirement for brothels to provide sex workers with safety equipment, and stronger laws prohibiting the employment of those under the age of 18.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Nigeria: CAN confirms 21 dead, 45 injured in Bauchi bomb Attacks


All Africa





Following the bomb attacks which occurred at the Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners' Chapel) and the Harvest Field Church in Yelwa area of Bauchi State, the state ch pter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has confirmed that 21 people were killed, while 45 others sustained varying degrees of injuries during the bomb incident. The confirmation came on a day the state Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda, called on Muslims and Christians to unite to fight terrorism in the country just as he visited the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital to condole with those receiving treatment there.
















Sexualisation of Society

Frills and spills of lingerie football tackle all women hard


Michelle Smith - Canberra Times





A year after the faltering arrival of the glitz-style girls' beauty pageant in Australia, we are soon to endure an attempt to import another sexist American spectacle to our shores. The Lingerie Football League is a women's seven-a-side gridiron league that began in 2009 after the success of the ''Lingerie Bowl'' pay-per-view event broadcast at half-time during the Super Bowl. The game is full-contact like the men's game, but the uniform of bra, panties and garters bears little resemblance to the male uniform, with the exception of shoulder padding.


















Other

Fear for Qantas future if Virgin takeover flies


Simon Benson - The Daily Telegraph





Qantas could be forced out of business if Middle Eastern airline Etihad takes over Virgin Australia, experts fear. Etihad - owned by Abu Dhabi's royal family - has been given the green light to buy a 4 per cent stake in Virgin Australia's domestic and international businesses. However Foreign Investment Review Board sources revealed the airline has also flagged taking a further "direct investment" - signalling intentions to take control of the Australian market. Aviation experts said such a move could threaten the future of Qantas by allowing a foreign-controlled Virgin Airlines to dominate the domestic market with predatory pricing.














Drug-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise

NineNSM





The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of a spreading resistance to drugs used to treat the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea. Millions of people with the condition may be at risk of running out of treatment options unless urgent action is taken, the United Nations agency said on Wednesday.