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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Children & Family

‘Multi-parent families should be recognised’, says Family Law Council


The Australian





Children should be allowed more than two legal parents, the Family Law Council has advised the federal government in the most sweeping reforms to parenting laws since shared custody. Modern families have become so complex that some children consider several adults to be their “parents’’, the council concludes in a 210-page report released by Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday.










Classification

Dealing with graphic content is a moral minefield for journalists

John Jewell - Mercator Net





Should images of man's inhumanity to man appear in the mainstream media?








Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Aust surrogate couples stopped in Thailand


News Ltd





Two Australian couples have reportedly been stopped from leaving Thailand with their surrogate babies amid a crackdown on surrogacy laws in the country. The ABC reported that the two homosexual couples were prevented from leaving Bangkok's international airport on Thursday afternoon after Thai police ordered that no surrogate babies be allowed out of the country without a court order.












Thailand to ban commercial surrogacy in wake of Gammy scandal

The Guardian



Military government approve draft law that will effectively stop foreign couples paying for pregnancies in the country.














Drugs & Alcohol

Norfolk Island medicinal cannabis trial approval overturned by Commonwealth


Sam Ikin - ABC





The approval of a trial of medicinal cannabis that had been granted by Norfolk Island's government has been overturned by the Commonwealth.


























Euthanasia

WA man jailed for killing his sick wife


News Ltd





A Perth man has been jailed for one year for killing his sick wife, who weighed just 30 kilograms at the time of her death.












Refugees

Iraq aid flights will continue till refugees are safe: Tony Abbott

David Wroe – SMH





Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed that Australia will continue flying humanitarian missions over Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq until safety can be guaranteed for the thousands of Yazidi refugees hiding in the barren region. As the prospects of an international mission to rescue the stranded refugees appeared to fall, Australian forces carried out their first airdrop of food and water from a C-130 transport plane on Thursday morning Australian time.








Australia offers asylum to Iraqi Christians, Yazidis fleeing IS horror (mentions ACL)

Reuben Walker - Christian Today



Christians who have fled their homes as jihadist militants, Islamic State (IS), execute those refusing to convert to Islam will receive Special Humanitarian Visas as part of the nation's refugee intake program, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced in a statement on Wednesday.










Sexualisation of Society

Sex on social media delivering unwanted packages


Paul Sheehan - Sydney Morning Herald





The casualisation of genitalia. This phrase jumped out of an opinion piece in the latest issue of the student newspaper, Honi Soit, published at the University of Sydney








Other

Religion without a church? Humanism almost qualifies

The Guardian



Organised humanism has unified beliefs and practices – and the world’s most sentimental hymn: John Lennon’s Imagine