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

Rethink needed on medicalising non-disease


Michelle Henderson - Herald Sun





The medical world needs to rethink its definition of some diseases as more people are dangerously labelled as sick, an ethics expert says. Julian Savulescu, a professor of practical ethics at Oxford University, said medicine was now being used to improve people's lives in addition to treating disease.












Charities & NFP

Stop hoarding or prepare for op-shop death


news.com.au





Australians are being urged to help boost dwindling op-shops stock by donating unwanted fashion items. For a week from Monday, people are being encouraged to spring clean their homes and give up good quality clothing to their local charity shops, as part of the first National Op-Shop Week.




















Drugs & Alcohol

Gays 'seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than general population'


UK Daily Mail





Gay people are seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than the general population, a new study conducted over two years has found. And one in five show signs of dependency on drugs or alcohol. The report, conducted by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) and the University of Central Lancashire, sampled more than 4,000 people over two years.












Man 'with bikie links' in court over $1.2m 'ice' bust

Lisa Davies - SMH





A West Australian man with alleged links to the Hells Angels bikie gang was attempting to traffick more than $1.2 million worth of the drug "ice" across the country when he was arrested in Sydney's south overnight, police say. Police attached to the anti-bikie hit squad Strike Force Raptor stopped 41-year-old Rod Spencer on the Hume Highway at Douglas Park about 12.30am today.














Wine industry adopting health warnings

ABC





The wine industry is adopting health warnings on labels, including about the risks to pregnant women of drinking alcohol. The Winemakers Federation said it wanted to extend the labelling push in a partnership with the organisation DrinkWise Australia.














Education

Queensland unis to teach online for free


Katherine Feeney - SMH





Brisbane's original sandstone university is set to give academic content away for free as part of a revolutionary program transforming the business of higher education around the globe. But the University of Queensland will likely have competition from the state's other leading tertiary institutions – the Queensland University of Technology is also making a foray into massive open online courses.










Students with disabilities bullied: report

ABC





A study has found that Victorian students with disabilities are being bullied and discriminated against at school. The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission says there are a lot of children with disabilities struggling at school and there is a lack of accountability for their progress.
















Gambling

Making pokies uncool


Sally Glaetzer - The Mercury





Anti poker machine campaigners have launched a new marketing tactic to encourage locals and tourists to support Tasmania's pokie-free pubs and cafes.














Indigenous

Remote indigenous funding 'spent on officials'


Amos Aikman - The Australian





Remote indigenous communities show little signs of the billions spent to improve living conditions, with a scathing government report saying much of the extra money is wasted on bureaucracy. A report by the Northern Territory's co-ordinator general for remote services, Olga Havnen, a draft copy of which has been obtained by The Australian, says it is difficult to judge whether the myriad programs are working, and government agencies "appear indifferent" to their obligations to evaluate and report their performance.














Politics

Catholics set to flex voting muscles


Graham Downie - Canberra Times





Canberra's Catholics, described by their social justice commission as timid, are being urged to use their voice in the October 20 ACT election. ''We're a big group and we represent 25 per cent of the Canberra population,'' the commission says on its website.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

More threats against Christians in Egypt


MNN





A report Friday indicated Egyptian Christians in border towns are getting threats of violence if they don't leave. One church leader suspects the threats are connected to the anti-Islam film which has angered Muslims throughout the Middle East. In other parts of the country, the pressure has increased to the point where people are fleeing in droves. They represent an increasing number of the country's 8 million Coptic Christians were already feeling increasingly cornered.












Two dead, 45 injured in church bombing

AAP





A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church conducting Mass in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing two people and wounding another 45 in a region under assault by a radical Islamist sect, officials said.












Refugees

Julie Bishop casts doubt on validity of Sri Lankan asylum seekers after 16 chose to return home


Anna Caldwell, Jessica Marszalek - Herald Sun





A federal Liberal MP says the decision by 18 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to return home shows they were not genuine refugees, but had instead attempted to take advantage of Australia's "soft laws". The men left Christmas Island for Colombo after asking to be sent home instead of going to Nauru for the processing of their asylum seeker claims.
















Other

BlogWatcher - David Marr's 'anti-Catholic sectarianism'


Michael Mullins - Catholic News





In his Media Watch Dog blog over the past two weeks, Gerard Henderson has blogged on what he sees as the hostility against the Catholic Church of journalist David Marr. Most recently, he has questioned what he sees to be Marr’s assumption that Christians are the only force behind opposition to same-sex marriage.












Why are we surprised with the push for 'pedophile rights'?

Michael Brown - Reuters





Last year, many Americans were shocked by reports about a pro-pedophilia conference in Baltimore, in which psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, representing institutions like Harvard and Johns Hopkins, sought to present pedophilia in a sympathetic and even positive light. Now, a sympathetic article on the struggles of pedophiles is also causing shock waves. But why should we be surprised?












Milne slammed over dairy plan

AAP





Greens leader Christine Milne has been accused of "doing a Barnaby" by questioning Chinese investment in the Tasmanian dairy industry. Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings met CIC representatives on a recent trade mission to Asia and says they are still considering an investment in Tasmania. She accused Senator Milne of double standards for raising questions over Chinese investment in a company that is already foreign owned.