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. AbortionCool heads are needed on the abortion-breast cancer linkDavid van Gend - Mercator Net
A Mexican wave of moral indignation swept through the chattering class this month in Australia when the hypothesis was raised of a link between abortion and breast cancer. We heard, in shrill tones, that claims of such a link are “factually incorrect” (blogger Mia Freedman), “absurd” (Simon Breheny of the IPA) and even “an insult to all women” (Greens MP Adam Bandt).Children & Family Federal minister urged to boycott 'bigoted' World Congress of Families conferenceAnna Henderson - ABC
The Senate has passed a motion calling for federal minister to boycott a controversial conference that endorses anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage messages. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is opening the World Congress of Families in Melbourne on Saturday.Protesters vow to block World Congress of Families attendeesRichard Willingham - The Age
Calls grow for reform of domestic adoption lawsNicola Berkovic - The Australian
Opponents of the hard-right World Congress of Families have vowed to block attendees from getting into its conference on Saturday, although they do not know where it will be held. The controversial forum features speakers who say abortion causes breast cancer, as well as homophobic speakers. Senior Liberals including Abbott Families Minister Kevin Andrews and Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark are to attend.
Leading child welfare organisation Barnardos has backed calls by the nation's chief family law judges for a review of adoption laws to enable many of the tens of thousands of children in care to find a permanent home.Tony Abbott's adoption laws reforms under attackLauren Wilson - News Corp Australia
The government has been warned its overhaul of adoption laws risks opening the door to child trafficking, malpractice and reduced protections for children. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has been working with high-profile adoption campaigner Deborra-Lee Furness and husband Hugh Jackman, has pledged to cut red tape and make overseas adoption “much easier” for Australian families.
Drugs & AlcoholNapthine government to overhaul law to allow clinical trials of medical cannabisJosh Gordon - The Age
The Napthine government will overhaul the law to allow clinical trials of medical cannabis. Health Minister David Davis will announce an advisory committee, made up of medical and regulatory experts, that will also work through the complex issues to allow a trial examining the use of cannabis compounds in treating or relieving symptoms for a range of illnesses and conditions.EducationTony Abbott's truancy crackdown to include working familiesPatricia Karvelas - The Australian
Working families will be included in an expanded crackdown on truancy likely to include the withholding of Family Tax Benefit payments if parents are not sending their children to school.Chaplaincy scheme overhaul puts Canberra school welfare officer jobs in the firing linePhillip Thomson - The Canberra Times
EuthanasiaPensioner hid euthanasia drugsShannon Hampton - The West Australian
The jobs of 25 school welfare officers in the ACT are under threat. Government documents detail the list of Canberra schools with student welfare workers, a workforce which the Abbott government did not want to fund as it favoured giving money toward religious chaplains.
PoliticsStephen Conroy, Kim Carr set for 2016 federal election Royce Millar - The Age
An Albany pensioner who is the first person in Australia to be prosecuted for importing a euthanasia drug pleaded guilty yesterday, admitting that he hid his stash in a hole in bush.Rupert Ward pleaded guilty in Albany Magistrate's Court to possessing 5g of an imported euthanasia drug, saying he got the substance in case he was to suffer a "long, drawn-out illness".
Religious Freedom & PersecutionTired of Being Victims, Iraqi Christians Arm Themselves to Fight ISIS; 'Talking About Jesus and Peace is Not Enough,' They SayLeonardo Blair - Christian Post
Veteran federal MPs and Victorian factional heavyweights Stephen Conroy and Kim Carr look set to win their party's backing to recontest the 2016 federal election after a controversial party decision to bring forward senate preselections.
Tired of being slaughtered like sheep and chased from a place they have called home for two millennia, some Christian groups in northern Iraq have decided to take up arms to defend their place in the war-torn country from the terror of ISIS.