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

Abortion reforms: fate close


Calla Wahlquist - The Examiner





Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne said she was hopeful a number of hesitant MLCs could be convinced to support the reforms after the briefings, which will be given by experts both for and against the legislation. As it stands, the Reproductive Health Bill appears likely to get just seven votes - one shy of the majority needed to pass.










Society bruised by effect of abortions

Claire Van Ryn - The Examiner





Have you seen those Emily's Voice ads about family? The one with the woman who explains how she fell pregnant at 18 and was told her life was ruined? These ads, which have been running for the past few months on Tasmanian television stations, reveal in a frank and joyful voice how things turned out well in this real life teen pregnancy story.














Women 'banished' under Abbott: PM

SMH





Abortion will become the ''political plaything'' of male politicians if the Coalition wins the September federal election, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says. Addressing the launch of Labor's Women for Gillard campaign, the Prime Minister said women would ''once again [be] banished from the centre of Australia's political life'' under a government led by Tony Abbott.










U.S. drops bid to limit sales of morning-after pill

Michael Shear - NY Times





The Obama administration has decided to stop trying to block over-the-counter availability of the best-known morning-after contraceptive pill for all women and girls, a move fraught with political repercussions for President Obama.












US: IRS becomes 'belief police,' tells nonprofit to keep faith to itself


Abby Carr - Charisma News





The Internal Revenue Service was caught on tape telling a nonprofit organization, which waited nearly 2 1/2 years to receive tax-exempt status, to keep its faith to itself. Alliance Defending Freedom made public Monday audio of a phone conversation that the IRS placed to a nonprofit organization that provides support to women in abusive pregnancy situations. In the recorded phone conversation, an IRS agent lectures the president of the organization about forcing its religion and beliefs on others and inaccurately explains that the group must remain neutral on issues such as abortion.












US: Planned Parenthood's deceptive response to infants born alive legislation

Michael Norton - Alliance Defending Freedom





In a great victory for the unborn, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s “Infants Born Alive” act into law. This new law protects infants born alive after attempted, but failed abortions. Echoing the beliefs of most Americans as he signed the bill, Governor Scott said, “As a father and grandfather, there is nothing more precious or special than welcoming a new child into this world and by signing this bill, we are protecting the most vulnerable among us and affirming their rights as individuals.”
















Classification

Advertisers slam booze body over marketing claims


Amy Kellow - Ad News





VB, Carlton Draught, Jim Beam and Smirnoff have all been fingered for irresponsible advertising, by a body which aims to promote moderation in alcohol consumption and marketing. While turkeys don't vote for Christmas, the alcohol marketing industry has been slammed by the body, but advertisers have hit back, labelling it a farce. These four are just some of the major brands who's attempts to self-regulate have been a "dismal failure", according to Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB). But the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) has hit back, claiming the AARB has mislead the public.
















Drugs & Alcohol

'I'm so drunk': driver's text before fatal smash


SMH





A driver who sent a text saying "I'm so drunk" 20 minutes before causing a fatal head-on smash has admitted his guilt part-way through his Adelaide trial. Michael Sitarski, 22, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a less serious offence than he faced at his South Australian District Court trial. He was involved in a head-on collision which killed the other driver, Jasmine Barker, 22, in the early hours of November 26, 2011, a few kilometres outside Berri in South Australia's Riverland.










Driver high when pedestrian killed

Sky News





A man charged with a fatal hit-and-run was allegedly high on drugs when he crashed a stolen car then fled as a Sydney grandfather lay fighting for his life. Ingleburn man Matthew Lehn, 24, was allegedly unlicensed and under the influence of crystal methamphetamine and cannabis when he struck Harry McCarroll in Dickens Rd, Ambarvale, at about 10.45am (AEST) on Monday, police say.












Education

Queering education


Robert R. Reilly - Mercator Net





What will happen in the classroom if same-sex marriage is legalised? Massachusetts offers a vision of the future.












Peter Garrett banned from Queensland schools by Campbell Newman in Gonski funding row

Tanya Chilcott, Sarah Vogler - News.com





The man ultimately responsible for Australia's schools has been banned from setting foot on Queensland campuses by the Newman state government. The ban on visits by federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett was made last night as tensions over planned changes to funding erupted.






Poor policy process makes a mockery of commitment to education

Scott Prasser – The Australian





Last Wednesday the House of Representatives guillotined the Australian Education Bill, the government's response to the Gonski review, which it says is vital for improving school education.












Gambling

Gamblers' delight: law allows more clubs access to casino-style games


Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald





Casino-style games could be rolled out in up to 690 clubs across Sydney and NSW, including in areas already dense with poker machines, after a state government decision to ease restrictions. The move means small clubs will be allowed for the first time to offer games such as electronic roulette and blackjack with a bet limit of up to $100 - 10 times that of poker machines.














Health benefits levy unfair, say gambling giants Tatts and Tabcorp

Shannon Deery - Herald Sun





Gambling giants Tatts and Tabcorp have joined forces in a bid to fight off a combined $84 million state government levy they say they shouldn't have to pay.






Marriage

Gay marriage movement backs Rudd for PM as its best hope


Patricia Karvelas – The Australian





The national gay marriage campaign is backing Kevin Rudd to take over the prime ministership, arguing that having a leader in favour of gay marriage is the missing element necessary for change to occur. On the day that Julia Gillard launched Labor's Women for Gillard campaign, arguing that women would "once again (be) banished from the centre of Australia's political life" under a government led by Tony Abbott, gay activists declared she was not the right leader for the times.














Politics

FPI index shows Greens slow decline hurting Labor


Graham Young - On Line Opinion





I've just calculated the First Preference Index for our April/May poll which shows that the Libs have risen again, Labor is static, and the Greens are in decline. I have been running this index since the last election, and now after three years I think we can safely say it is just as accurate as the telephone polling conducted by the other pollsters. The hills and valleys in this graph certainly mirror what they are showing.












Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Stripper says Jill Meagher's killer Adrian Bayley simulated strangling on her during club visits


Louise Milligan - ABC





A stripper who knew the Melbourne man who killed ABC employee Jill Meagher says he used to simulate strangling on her and told her he "wanted to choke women". Today, Bayley faced a pre-sentencing hearing in the Victorian Supreme Court, where his lawyers said he accepted he should be given a life sentence for the murder of Ms Meagher last year.
















Refugees

What it means to value life: The role of religions in global asylum and protection


Erin Wilson - ABC Religion and Ethics





The recent passage of legislation to excise the entire Australian mainland from the migration zone is unprecedented in many respects.






Row over asylum health costs as Victoria leads revolt

John Ferguson – The Australian





The Gillard government is facing a states' revolt over the soaring cost of healthcare for asylum-seekers and refugees, with the influx costing tens of millions of dollars and straining an already overloaded system. The three most populous states want the commonwealth to be held accountable for fast-rising health costs incurred, due to the rising tide of community-based asylum-seekers and refugees since the Rudd government dumped the Pacific Solution five years ago.










Religious Freedom & Persecution

Eritrea: Christians continue to face persecution


George Whitten - Worthy News





Religious persecution in Eritrea is at its highest ever and getting even worse, according to World Watch Monitor, the news outlet of Open Doors, a Christian charity that ranked Eritrea 10th on its World Watch List. This year alone, 191 Christians have already been arrested in the African country as Eritrea lives up to its epithet: "the North Korea of Africa".














Other

Elderly abuse on the rise


Duncan Abey - The Mercury





A hidden epidemic of elder abuse has been exposed in Tasmania by a new government helpline, which has logged 120, often shocking, stories in less than a year. Acting head of Advocacy Tasmania Leanne Groombridge said the physical, psychological and financial abuse of the community's older members could be happening in the house just next door and suggested the calls made represented "the tip of the iceberg".






Be honest about problem in Islam

Tony Blair – The Australian





Here is only one view of the murder of the British soldier Lee Rigby on a south London street three weeks ago: horrific. But there are two views of its significance. One is that it was an act by crazy people, motivated in this case by a perverted notion of Islam, but of no broader significance. Crazy people do crazy things, so don't overreact. The other view is that the ideology that inspired the murder of Rigby is profoundly dangerous.