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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Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Gay couple wins birth certificate battle


Sky News

A man who donated sperm to a couple will have his name removed from their children's birth certificates. A Queensland man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple will have his name removed from their children's birth certificates in a first for the state. The biological mother's de facto partner will instead be listed as a parent under recent changes to state laws that give more rights to same-sex couples.


Drugs & Alcohol

Booze culture hurts kids from before birth


Sky News

The nation's harmful relationship with alcohol is damaging children from the womb onwards, a Northern Territory inquiry has heard. A parliamentary inquiry is being held in the NT into foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which causes facial deformities and mental and emotional disabilities in children whose mothers drink while pregnant.


Education

Victorian Department of Education to overhaul religious education after Access Ministries breach


Karen Percy - Yahoo News

The way religion is taught in Victorian primary schools will be overhauled after a report found that volunteers from the state's key provider Access Ministries breached its guidelines. A Department of Education investigation found that Access Ministries volunteers gave out between 16 and 18 copies of Refuel 2, a so-called "Biblezine", at a Christmas performance at Torquay College in December last year.


Euthanasia

Euthanasia advocate Rupert Ward denies possessing Nembutal


ABC

A 68-year-old West Australian man has pleaded not guilty to possessing a drug used for euthanasia. Rupert John Ward has appeared in the Albany Magistrates Court on WA's South Coast charged with possessing the drug Nembutal.


Gambling

Chinese migrants more vulnerable to problem gambling


Clare Rawlinson - ABC

Chinese migrant gamblers are five times more likely to fall victim to problem gambling than the general gambling population, new research has found.


Human Rights

Religious freedom in Australia to be tested as Christian Youth Camps case goes to High Court


Rachel Ford - Christian Today

Religious freedom in Australia to be tested as Christian Youth Camps case goes to High Court. The appeal of a decision to the High Court by a Christian campsite in Victoria is set to test the extent of religious freedom in the future of the country. Following the dismissal of an appeal last month by the Victorian Court of Appeal, CYC has brought the case in which the Christian group was ruled to have been unlawfully discriminative to the High Court of Australia.


Indigenous

WA's unique jail giving Indigenous offenders a new chance


Ben Collins - ABC

The Indigenous three per cent of Western Australia's population make up 40 per cent of the state's prison inmates, partly because 60 per cent of Indigenous prisoners are repeat offenders. Ben Collins takes a look inside the state-of-the-art prison that’s trying to change that statistic.


Politics

Budget a reflection of the times, says John Howard


Andrew Burrell - The Australian 

John Howard has launched a staunch defence of the Abbott government’s first budget but ­declined to say whether he believes the Coalition is successfully selling the message to voters that fiscal reform is essential.


Refugees

Cambodia will take only 'voluntary' refugees


AFP

Cambodia said Wednesday it would accept only voluntary asylum-seekers under a proposed deal with Australia after campaigners voiced alarm about refugees being foisted onto one of Asia's poorest nations.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim: Petition to stop execution of Sudan Christian woman reaches 500,000

Megan Garcia - Christian Today

A petition has been launched online to save Mariam Yehya Ibrahim from execution for being a Christian. The petition has surpassed its goal of 500,000. The 27-year-old has been sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan and is behind bars with her 20-month-old son. She was heavily pregnant at the time of her sentencing, and has given birth to a baby girl on May 27.