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 gets leave pass from ethical and medical standards


Debbie Garratt - On Line Opinion





Dr Mark Schulberg, a late term abortionist in Victoria has been struck off the medical register after being found guilty of serious misconduct for prescribing addictive drugs inappropriately. Whilst this decision is welcome, there are a number of factors surrounding the history of this abortionist that should concern us all, as this is not the first time Schulberg has faced allegations of serious misconduct.


















Children & Family

Coalition confirms support for baby bonus axing


Judith Ireland - Western Advocate





Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has confirmed that the Coalition will support the abolition of the baby bonus. Mr Abbott told a meeting of Coalition MPs in Canberra on Tuesday that the opposition would ''reluctantly'' allow Labor's legislation to scrap the bonus to go through.












Classification

Is young adult fiction too sexy?


M J Angel - SMH





Novels can provide sexual education through erotic story lines but the line between 'teen' and 'young adult' fiction seems to be blurring.




















Education

Coalition to fight tax-deductible ethics donations


Josephine Tovey - SMH





The Coalition will oppose moves by Labor to grant secular ethics classes the same tax-deductible status as providers of religious scripture classes, but claims it is not doing so out of any religious or philosophical objection to the classes. Currently groups which provide special religious education classes in Australian schools can collect tax-deductible donations in order to fund the recruitment of volunteers or administration of their programs, while ethics classes cannot.


















Gambling

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill moves to ban live sports betting


Adelaide Now





All advertising of live odds on sporting events will be banned in SA by August 1 if new legislation is passed by the SA Parliament. State Premier Jay Weatherill today endorsed draft legislation that bans all forms of advertising encouraging gambling on sporting events, in particular AFL games during telecasts in SA.












Health

Support groups call for more help for children caring for mentally ill parents


Miriam Hall - ABC





As awareness and treatment for mental illness improves in Australia, support groups say it is the carers who now need more attention. It is estimated that more than 1 million Australian children live in families affected by mental illness, and many of those children take on caring roles.




















Indigenous

Aboriginal justice, welfare groups call for rethink on NT plan to force alcoholics into rehab


ABC





The national peak body for Social Services is warning that Aboriginal people will be unfairly targeted by the Northern Territory Government's radical plan to force problem drinkers into rehabilitation. The Australian Council of Social Services says the policy is half-baked, will be ineffective and is likely to result in even more Aboriginal people entering the criminal justice system in the Northern Territory.
















Marriage

Same-sex marriage vote unlikely to go ahead


Malcolm Farr - Herald Sun





The critical vote on same-sex marriage - which spurred Kevin Rudd to dramatically declare his support - is now unlikely to go ahead next week as expected. And it seems certain there will not be a vote on marriage equality legislation this side of the September 14 election. It had been expected that a private member's bill for same-sex marriage, presented by Greens MP Adam Bandt in the House of Representatives in February last year, would be put to a final vote on June 6.












Same-sex couple say, ‘I do,’ as Italy sticks to ‘I don’t’

Marco Gualazzini - International Herald Tribune





The nuptials were traditional in almost every sense. The music was romantic. Teary vows were exchanged, along with shimmering rings, and a passionate first kiss was greeted with boisterous cheers, and more tears, by both families. But from a legal point of view, the wedding last week of Massimiliano Benedetto and Giuseppe Ilaria was purely symbolic, and anything but traditional in a country where gay couples have no legal standing.














Overseas Aid

Bill Gates stresses importance of Australia's overseas aid in Press Club speech


ABC





The Federal Government has announced an $80 million boost to polio funding as the world's richest man, Bill Gates, keeps up the pressure on Australia to stay committed to foreign aid. Speaking at the National Press Club, Mr Gates acknowledged that massive writedowns in tax revenue had made for a tough budget.












PM pledges more for Gates' polio fight

Adam Gartrell - SMH





The world's richest man came to Canberra looking for money and Prime Minister Julia Gillard was only too happy to help him out. Bill Gates met Ms Gillard at The Lodge on Tuesday to talk about Australia's foreign aid program and lobby for more funding for the fight against polio. The Microsoft founder turned philanthropist is leading the fight to rid the world of the disease by 2018.












Bill Gates urges more aid from China

AFP





The world's richest man Bill Gates Tuesday urged China to become a bigger player in foreign development following its success in lifting millions of its own people out of poverty. Speaking in Australia, where the Microsoft co-founder met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Gates said the Asian powerhouse was already giving foreign aid but there were "very little facts and figures" on how much.












Politics

Labor backs 'grubby deal' on political donations


Royce Millar, Judith Ireland - SMH





The Labor caucus has endorsed reforms to the way political parties are funded amid criticism from independent MP Andrew Wilkie that the the government and Coalition have done a "grubby deal" over the changes. The major parties are seeking to reform the way political parties are funded, with the expected compromise to pay parties and independent candidates $1 for each vote they receive at a federal election to cover administrative costs, as well as reduce the threshold at which political donations must be disclosed to $5000.


















Refugees

Alarm over asylum underclass


Bianca Hall - The Age





A new underclass of 100,000 asylum seekers, living on as little as $220 a week and with no rights to work, could be created in just five years if current trends continue. Charities have warned they are unable to cope with the rising tide of impoverished asylum seekers, with one centre in Melbourne's south-east closing its doors to new clients after being ''swamped'' with requests for food aid.












Religious Freedom & Persecution

U.S.-backed Syrian rebels reportedly massacre Christian village


Ryan Kellers - Examiner





Members of the Free Syrian Army reportedly attacked the Christian-dominated al-Duvair village in Reef on the outskirts of Homs on Monday, where they massacred its citizens, including women and children, before the Syrian Army interfered. This reported attack comes shortly after intense fighting in the city of al-Qusseir over the weekend, in which Bashar Al-Assad's forces inflicted heavy casualties on the rebels.










Iran hauls off Christian pastor, shuts down church in new sweep

Fox News





Government agents shut down Iran’s largest Persian-language Pentecostal church Monday, just one week after one of its pastors was arrested and hauled away midway through a worship service.












Debate ABC Style

Bill Muehlenberg - Culture Watch





If there ever was a reason to immediately halt taxpayer funding of “our” ABC, it was last night’s edition of Q&A. Of course just about every episode of this show for the past five years has been reason enough to privatise the national broadcaster.