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

So what if abortion ends a life? Rare candor from the culture of death


Albert Mohler blog





Is an unborn baby “a life worth sacrificing?” The question is horrifying, but the argument was all too real. In a recent article, Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon.com conceded what the pro-life movement has contended all along — that from the moment of conception the unborn child is undeniably a human life. And yet, Williams argues that this unborn human life must be terminated if a woman desires an abortion. The child is a life, but, in her grotesque view, “a life worth sacrificing.” The abortion rights movement has always had a problem with language. The average American still hears the world “abortion” with some degree of moral revulsion.












Abortion back in campaign spotlight

AAP





Federal MP Bob Katter has refused to give his position on abortion, saying the media was trying to paint his party as a bunch of "extremists" like Pauline Hanson. Suspended Katter's Australian Party (KAP) member Bernard Gaynor called on Mr Katter to campaign against abortion today. The KAP doesn't take a position on the issue, believing it's a matter of conscience for individual party members. But Mr Gaynor issued a statement saying Mr Katter had "a moral obligation to protect life". "It is the right thing to do," it said.


















Drugs & Alcohol

Review slams 'toxic' culture in Australian swimming team


Samantha Lane - SMH





Australia's swimming team was devoid of leadership at the London Olympics. The result was that bad behaviour went unchecked, individualism thrived, and London was remembered by many as the unpleasant "Lonely Olympics". In a warts-and-all review of culture and leadership in Australian Olympic Swimming, Doctor Pippa Grange paints a grim picture of the hierarchy of Swimming Australia and the unit that competed at the Games seven months ago. "There were enough culturally toxic incidents across enough team members that breached agreements (such as getting drunk, misuse of prescription drugs, breaching curfews, deceit, bullying) to warrant a strong, collective leadership response that included coaches, staff and the swimmers. No such collective action was taken.’’
















Education

Independent schools could lose funding


Josephine Tovey - SMH





Almost half of all independent schools in New South Wales would lose funding in real terms while others stand to gain under the latest school funding model being considered by the federal government, the independent sector has claimed. Under the most recent version of the model being discussed in private talks between state and federal governments and school sectors, around 40 per cent of independent schools would lose funding in real terms while others (especially smaller schools) stood to gain significantly, according to Geoff Newcombe, executive director of the NSW Association of Independent Schools.












Educational TV can improves children's behaviour

AP





Switching from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behaviour, a study has found. Teaching parents to switch channels can improve the behaviour of young children, even without getting them to watch less. The results were modest and faded over time, but may hold promise for finding ways to help young children avoid aggressive, violent behaviour, the study authors and other doctors said. "It's not just about turning off the television. It's about changing the channel. What children watch is as important as how much they watch," said lead author Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician and researcher at Seattle Children's Research Institute.








Human Rights

Brandis eyes speech, press rights


Christian Kerr - The Australian





The federal opposition has called on the Human Rights Commission to create a post to protect freedom of speech and the press, saying the agency has an ideological obsession with discrimination at the expense of other liberties. Opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis said the commission was favouring one particular set of rights over others, contrary to the spirit of its founding legislation. "The Human Rights Commission was established to promote a number of international human rights instruments, but most particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," Senator Brandis told The Australian.














Marriage

This time it’s personal


Alex McKinnon - Star Observer





Greens leader Christine Milne has spoken out about the personal side to her fight for gay rights in the lead up to the Sydney Mardi Gras parade, where she’ll be marching in the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) float alongside her openly gay son, Tom. “I got the idea after I went to Toowoomba for [ABC program] Q&A,” she told the Star Observer.




















Politics

Labor-Greens alliance dead, says Milne


Lenore Taylor - SMH





Greens leader Senator Christine Milne has announced the end of the formal alliance between Labor and the Greens, but pledged to continue to vote against no confidence motions and for supply bills in order for the parliament to continue until the September 14 election day. Directly challenging Labor's election pitch that it stands for ''fairness'', Senator Milne accused the Gillard government of ''walking away from its agreement with the Greens and into the arms of the big miners''. ''Labor's priorities lie with powerful mining interests not with the people and the Greens,'' she told the National Press Club, saying it was Labor - by its actions - who had effectively ended the alliance with her party.






Splintered alliance spurs ALP 'fringe' offensive on Greens

David Crowe - The Australian





Labor has lashed the Greens for putting "fringe" policies ahead of jobs and growth, as the former political partners yesterday shattered their alliance and intensified a fight for votes at this year's federal election. The government sharpened its differences with the Greens last night as caucus members acclaimed the formal destruction of the partnership and declared "good riddance" to a rival party they said was moving to the left. "Good riddance to them," said one Labor MP, who criticised the Greens for their "self-righteous" attitude to asylum-seekers, support for death duties and "obsession" with gay marriage. "They cannibilised our vote on the Left and delivered us nothing but grief," he said.












Record low poll slump for Tasmanian Labor

Zoe Edwards - ABC





State Labor's popularity in Tasmania has returned to its record low. Of the 1,000 Tasmanians polled by EMRS this month, only 17 per cent said they would vote for Labor if an election was held tomorrow. That is a three point drop since November and is within the margin of error. In the same time, Labor's minority government partner the Greens have gained three points to secure 15 per cent support. The popularity of the Liberal Party also grew three points.












Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Accused went to the movies just hours after alleged murder


Austin King - The Morning Bulletin





In the hours after allegedly murdering a 52-year-old sex worker in a Gladstone hotel, James William Glenn went to the movies to watch Harry Potter, a Rockhampton court heard yesterday. The murder trial of the Gladstone man got under way yesterday two years after he allegedly stabbed the sex worker. Glenn, 20, was charged with the murder of Shuxia Yuan after he allegedly slit her throat and stabbed her in the chest at a Gladstone hotel in December 2010.


















Refugees

Children harming themselves in detention


Bianca Hall - SMH





Children are slashing their wrists, arms and bodies with razor blades inside immigration detention facilities, despite child psychiatrists issuing repeated warnings of the dangers of locking them up. A nine-year-old boy - the youngest child known to self harm during a 16-month period - overdosed on 10 Panadeine tablets. He told an interpreter he was aware of the potential harm.














Other

The guilty silence that killed Reeva Steenkamp


Carolyn Moynihan - MercatorNet





Why does no one mention the most obvious thing that put Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend in harm's way? To the amazement and disbelief of the world, London Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius is in police custody today with the prospect of spending a life sentence in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Meanwhile, revisionist histories of the man, along with cultural profiling of his homeland South Africa that might help explain his “fall from grace” are pouring in, although none of them goes to the heart of the matter.