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.



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Abortion

Leaked John McTernan emails reveal he was oblivious to Julia Gillard's position on abortion law


Latika Bourke - ABC

The powerful adviser credited with crafting Julia Gillard's misogyny speech and so-called "gender wars" did not know whether Labor was opposed to a bill to restrict abortions.


Charities & NFP

Time rescues charity definition


Pro Bono Australia

Time appears to have saved the Charities Act from the Coalition Government’s plan to delay the definition of charity until late next year. On the final sitting day for the Federal Senate, the Greens introduced a number of amendments to stop some of the 13 policy changes including the delay of the new charity definition included in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013.


Children & Family

Children of horrifying incest 'cult' with four generations of in-breeding found living deformed, filthy and mute in scenic valley


Daily Mail

The dark, disturbing secrets of a picturesque Australian valley where unwashed children born from generations of incest lived with physical deformities in a 'cult' of 40 adults and youngsters emerged today.


Tony Abbott admits to smacking his children, rules out ban

The Age

A ban on parents smacking their children risks turning Australia into a nanny state, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who admits he smacked his own kids. A UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report asks Australia to abolish the right of parents to use reasonable chastisement to discipline children, News Corp Australia reports.


Brisbane mother says she should be able to smack her kids following UN Committee on Rights of Child call to ban smacking

Kate McKenna - The Courier Mail

Mother-of-three Denna Szwajkowski admits to having given her children a smack as a last resort, and says it should be up to parents to decide how they punish their kids. The comments follow calls from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to prosecute parents who smacked their children and for teachers to dob in mums and dads who did it.


Holden closure prompts fears of bleak times for northern Adelaide

Gary Rivett and Caroline Winter - ABC

Welfare agencies say the Holden factory closure in northern Adelaide will bring social disaster. Manufacturing will end in 2017, but Holden managing director Mike Devereux says he expects the factory to remain busy until then. The CEO of welfare agency Anglicare, Peter Sandeman, says the knock-on effect of Holden's closure will be immense for the families of northern Adelaide.


Classification

Online gaming addiction simliar to alcoholism, gaming industry should pay for treatment, says new S Korea proposal


News Ltd

A law under consideration in South Korea's parliament has sparked vociferous debate by grouping popular online games such as "StarCraft" with gambling, drugs and alcohol as an anti-social addiction the government should do more to stamp out. The bill is winning support from parents, religious groups and doctors but has alarmed the internet industry and enraged gamers.


Drugs & Alcohol

The Aussie blokes hooked on steroids


News Ltd

Jeremy will never know if it was the steroids that made him lose his hair, or if that would've happened anyway as he neared 30. But the acne, the fits of uncontrollable aggression, and a particularly terrifying Hep-C scare? That was all definitely from the juice. Jeremy, aged 29, is one of the countless young Aussie men hooked on anabolic agents like steroids or peptide hormones, which supercharge their muscle growth at unnatural speeds.


Education

Greenacre's Malek Fahd Islamic School facing new showdown over excessive student numbers


Peter Bodkin - The Daily Telegraph

Australia's biggest Islamic school has been breaching its authorised student numbers for a decade, with its main Greenacre campus running at more than 500 pupils above its approved capacity. Malek Fahd Islamic School only applied to Bankstown Council to lift its approved intake from 1560 this year after education officials raised concerns about its ballooning enrolment figures - which are approaching 2100 students.


Gambling

Punters' club cash clues up in smoke: racing identity Bill Vlahos' PC destroyed in car firebombing


Andrew Carswell - The Daily Telegraph

It holds the key to the whereabouts of $194 million of punters' cash - some of which is the life savings of ordinary Australians. But the laptop computer and dongle of racing identity Bill Vlahos are nothing more than ash after a court confirmed they were destroyed when his car was firebombed just two days before Mr Vlahos was ordered to hand over both items to authorities.


Indigenous

Carmody report response should prioritise indigenous children: care agencies


Tony Moore - Brisbane Times

The care of Aboriginal children should be "front and centre" in the minds of ministers on Monday when the government responds to Tim Carmody's report into Queensland's child protection network, two leading care agencies say.


Marriage

High Court strikes down ACT gay marriage law

Lauren Wilson - The Australian

The High Court has unanimously struck down the ACT's gay marriage laws.


High Court rejects ACT same-sex marriage laws

Elizabeth Byrne - ABC

The High Court in Canberra has thrown out the ACT's controversial same-sex marriage laws. A total of 27 couples, including some from interstate, used the law to tie the knot since it came into effect last weekend. Those couples will now have their marriages annulled.


New federal push after High Court strikes down gay marriage law

Michelle Grattan - The Conversation

The cause of same sex marriage has been set back with the High Court unanimously knocking out the ACT’s law – invalidating the unions of about 30 couples.


Same-sex marriage laws overturned by High Court

Michael Inman, Lisa Cox, Ross Peake - Canberra Times

The High Court has overturned Australia’s first same-sex marriage law.


Gay marriage lobby to pressure Abbott government

SBS

The High Court has ruled the ACT's same-sex marriage laws inconsistent with national law, but some are still hopeful parliament can end the debate.


High Court throws out ACT's same-sex marriage laws

Seven News

After being married for less than a week, same-sex couples who wed in the ACT will have their unions annulled after the High Court ruled against the laws.


The Drum Thursday December 12

ABC

On this episode of The Drum the panel discuss the High Court's ruling against the ACT's same sex marriage law and the blame game continues over Holden's demise. [includes ACL's MD Lyle Shelton - start at 33 min]


Gay marriage battle to continue

SBS

Gay marriage advocates are putting on a brave face, describing a High Court ruling to quash ACT same-sex marriage laws as a "temporary defeat".




Same-sex marriage bill introduced in WA

The West Australian







A bill to allow same-sex marriage in Western Australia has been introduced to state parliament by Greens MP Lynn MacLaren. It came on the final sitting day of the year for the state's Legislative Council and as the High Court struck down the ACT's same-sex marriage laws just six days after they came into effect.










Refugees

Syrian refugees face new challenge - freezing weather


Ruth Pollard - SMH

The women stood protectively around the tiny bundle perched on a plastic chair outside one of Turkey’s largest refugee camps as the sky darkened and the temperature dropped below freezing before winter’s first heavy dump of snow.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Syria: Cleric incites Children to ‘slaughter’ Christians

Raymond Ibrahim - Front Page Mag

A video recently appeared of an Islamic Sunni cleric in Syria inciting Muslim schoolboys, most of whom appear to be between the ages of five-twelve, to hate and kill Christians and others.


Europeans 'stunned' Obama didn't free U.S. pastor

Michael Carl - Front Page Mag

European religious-rights advocates meeting at a recent conference in Berlin expressed disbelief that the U.S. didn’t obtain the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini as a condition for its nuclear deal with Iran.


Sexualisation of Society

Pedophilia is love according to Italy Court

Juana Poareo - The Guardian

According to an Italy court, pedophilia is love. In the case of a 60-year-old man who took in an 11-year-old disadvantaged girl, the Italian court has annulled the man’s five-year jail sentence for rape of a minor.




Woman wins record near-$500,000 sexual harassment payout for unwanted sex following work function


Kay Dibben - The Courier Mail

A woman will be awarded almost $500,000 for sexual harassment by a male co-worker after a judge found he had unwanted sex with her after a work function. Chartered accountant Jemma Ewin's $476,163 Federal Court damages award will be the highest ever awarded for sexual harassment.


Other

The selfie comes of age


Dan Hitchens - Mercator Net

The Oxford Dictionaries team sometimes have difficulty picking their Word of the Year. Last time, ‘omnishambles’ held off strong challenges from ‘Eurogeddon’ and Mobot’, all three of which now sound rather dated. This year’s unanimous choice seems more likely to last. The winner was ‘selfie’, which Oxford Dictionaries define as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website’.


Sandy Hook massacre: Gun lobby targets Australia

Nick O'Malley - Fairfax Media

As America prepares to mark the first anniversary of the murder of 20 children and six staff at the Sandy Hook elementary school, Austral a has again become a focus of the increasingly bitter debate over gun control in the United States. At issue for activists on both sides is the decision by former prime minister John Howard to ban a range of gun types in Australia following the Port Arthur massacre, in particular semi-automatic rifles. To gun control advocates in America the laws proved that regulation can reduce gun deaths. To gun rights activists they are evidence that US President Barack Obama is pursuing gun control measures that are nothing short of tyrannical.


Why Christians should leave Christmas to commercialism: A modest proposal

Bruce Kaye - ABC

Christmas is upon us and everyone has their own way of navigating the annual flurry of activity.