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

Young Australian women choosing to freeze their eggs for the future


Lucy Kippist - News.com





A growing number of young women wanting to delay motherhood for "social reasons" are freezing their eggs as the process is increasingly successful. The chance of having a baby from frozen eggs was less than one per cent prior to 2011.
















Children & Family

DOCS head resigns following domestic violence charges


Anna Patty - SMH





The director general of Family and Community Services, Jim Moore, left his job permanently on Monday after being charged with domestic violence offences. The Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward released a statement announcing the departure.










The toxic legacy of domestic abuse

Jill Stark - The Age





The ripple effect of violence on the home front is huge, and can put children at risk of problems in adulthood, writes Jill Stark.




















Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Sex selection of IVF embryos - turning babies into commodities


Melanie McDonagh - Daily Telegraph





The proposal to allow IVF embryos to be selected by sex risks turning babies into commodities, says Melanie McDonagh.
















Education

Alex Greenwich 'appalled' by loophole allowing private schools to expel gay students


ABC





Independent Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich says it is "appalling" that a loophole exists in New South Wales law allowing private schools to expel students for being gay.
















Gambling

NSW Clubs push for powers to ban problem gamblers


Liz Foschia - ABC





The peak body representing licensed clubs in New South Wales is pushing for the same powers as Crown Casino to exclude problem gamblers.






Human rights

Does the Human Rights Commission treat some groups more equally than others?


Brendan O'Reilly - On Line Opinion





The Australian Human Rights Commission, amongst other duties, has federal responsibility for eliminating key forms of discrimination. It recently attracted notoriety following a stoush between Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes and retail chain Myer. Myer chief Bernie Brooks had criticised the cost of funding Disability Care Australia because it might reduce retail spending and consequently Myer's sales.










Indigenous

Food subsidy program improves health of indigenous kids


ABC





New research has found the health of indigenous children from low-income families improved significantly after a weekly subsidised fruit and vegetable program. More than 50 families in the northern New South Wales town of Clarence Valley were given a box of fresh produce each week over a year, and the health of the children was monitored.














Politics

Poll date, refugees on Labor agenda


Paul Osborne - AAP





Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is under pressure to set an election date, as the government revises its asylum seeker policy after a new incident involving threats of self harm. As cabinet was expected to discuss election strategy at its meeting on Monday, a new Essential poll showed two in three voters want Mr Rudd to keep the September 14 election date set by Julia Gillard or hold it earlier.










Kevin Rudd leads Tony Abbott as better prime minister, latest Newspoll reveals

Phillip Hudson - Herald Sun





Kevin Rudd's return as Prime Minister continues to boost Labor's stocks and has restored the Government's primary vote to the same level as the last election. And the latest Newspoll, published in The Australian, shows Mr Rudd has opened up a massive 22-point lead over Tony Abbott as the better PM.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iran: ‘Do you confess you are a Christian? You can be killed for this’


Mark Ellis - Christian Post





Fifteen tall, muscular men broke into her home in Esfahan the day after Christmas and began to ransack it. At first they were silent and refused to answer any questions, but then it be came clear. They were looking for evidence she is a Christian.










Morsi supporters attack Christian targets in Egypt after removal of President

Morning Star News





In scattered locations across Egypt, mobs of hard-line Muslims enraged over the deposing of the country’s Islamist president this week attacked Christian homes, business and church buildings. Angry over what they saw as a coup, the attacks came as part of massive, nationwide protests culminating in a declared “Friday of rage.”