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



Campaign targets abortion opponents



Pia Akerman – The Australian

A new campaign by a pro-choice group will ask Australians to speak out against people who oppose abortions, in a similar vein to a prominent campaign against domestic violence.


Children & Family



Family violence rise ‘reflects more reports’



Stuart Rintoul – The Australian

A sharp rise of 43.3 per cent in family violence-related assaults should be viewed as a positive result, according to the Victoria police annual report, "as it indicates greater confidence and willingness on the part of victims to report such incidents".


Drugs & Alcohol



Hotels blast traffic cop Robert Hill’s suggestion for the alcohol limit to be dropped to .02



Keith Moor – News.com.au

The hotel industry has blasted Victoria's top traffic cop for saying the blood-alcohol limit should be dropped from .05 to .02.


Education



Secret documents reveal TAFE to be gutted



Ninemsn

Victoria's TAFE system faces deep cuts with secret documents revealing plans for campus closures, fee increases, job losses and asset sales.


Tip of the iceberg: warning 1600 more education jobs to go



Anna Patty – SMH

Drastic job cuts are ''just the tip of the iceberg'', a former Education Department finance manager has warned after the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, said NSW had to learn to live within its means.


University bosses warn research freeze will threaten 1700 uni jobs



Sid Maher – The Australian

The nation's leading university vice-chancellors have warned Julia Gillard that any freeze to research grants as part of the budget savings drive could cost up to 1700 jobs, increase sovereign risk fears among international investors and spark a brain drain of leading researchers going overseas.


Euthanasia



Man avoids conviction for helping wife die



Herald Sun

A New Zealand man who admitted helping his chronically ill wife die has been discharged without conviction.


Gambling



Victims angry gambling scam still operating



Matt Wordsworth – ABC Online

Victims of an internet scam based on the Gold Coast say Queensland Police are not doing enough to shut it down. New South Wales Police say the so-called sports betting system, run by company International Sports Online has stung hundreds of punters and netted up to $4 million.


Human Rights



Slavery compo scheme proposed



Dan Harrison – The Age

Australia should consider setting up a national compensation scheme for victims of slavery and human trafficking, a Senate committee has recommended.


Burmese town segregated after ethnic violence



Zoe Daniel – ABC News

Authorities in western Burma's Rakhine state are enforcing their policy of segregation in an effort to prevent further fighting between indigenous people and the Muslim community.


Indigenous



Aboriginal higher education report set for release



ABC Online

A Federal Government review has found higher targets and better use of money will get more Indigenous students to university.


Marriage



Gay marriage is not the cure



David Van Gend – The Australian

The Left knows a great a prize is within its grasp: any law redefining marriage will mandate the new definition with the full force of anti-discrimination law, thus completing the 1960s sexual revolution.


Politics



Abbott denies punching wall next to rival’s head



ABC Online

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has denied an allegation that he was physically aggressive to a female election rival in the 1970s. 


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking



Filmmaker Justin Sisely sparks outrage over his online virginity auction



Anne Wright – Perth Now

A Melbourne filmmaker has outraged family groups by launching an online auction of the virginity of two people.


Refugees



First asylum flight departs for Nauru



Paige Taylor & Joe Kelly – The Australian

A group of Sri Lankan men last night become the first asylum-seekers to be subjected to the Gillard government's version of the Pacific Solution and were on their way from Christmas Island to Nauru on a chartered Airbus.


Australia to take 1000 Syrian refugees



Paul Osborne – Herald Sun

One thousand people fleeing violence in Syria will be among 20,000 refugees to be resettled in Australia, the federal government says.