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



Catholic college drops abortion coverage



LifeSiteNews

The Cardinal Newman Society has learned that a Catholic university in Pennsylvania is dropping its unintentional coverage of abortion in its health insurance plan to better reflect Catholic teaching.


Charities & NFP



Greens hold out for advocacy and consultation provisions



Sally Rose – The Australian Financial Review

Twenty years after the sector began calling for an independent regulator, and less than two years since the whirlwind process began, a Charities Commission is due to commence on October 1. Important details are still being debated.


Children & Family



Clumsy children labeled as neglected



Natasha Bita – AdelaideNow

Parents of clumsy children are risking neglect charges if they show up too many times at a hospital emergency ward.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy



Mothers for hire



Amrit Dhillon – SMH

Many Australians travel to India and pay surrogate mothers to bear their child. But the local women are often poor, desperate and exploited.


Drugs & Alcohol



Police chief slams alcohol ads targeting kids



ABC Online

The Police Commissioner Karl O'Collaghan says he is concerned about a recent increase in alcohol advertising targeting children.


Education



Queensland TAFEs face uncertain future



Katherine Feeney – Brisbane Times

A 40 per cent reduction in the number Queensland TAFEs is one of the more contentious recommendations made to Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek in an interim report set to seal the sector's future come November.


Funding cut ‘blows Gonski out of the water’



Justine Ferrari – The Australian

The NSW government has flagged cutting $67 million a year in public funding from Catholic and independent schools from next year, in a provocative move on the eve of the first ministerial talks to overhaul the funding system.


Homelessness



We will halve homelessness – Fed govt



Sky News Australia

The federal government says it's shining a new light on homelessness in Australia and has reconfirmed the goal of halving the problem by 2020.


Indigenous



Spate of suicides grips Aboriginal community



Bronwyn Herbert – ABC Online

On a cool dry season day last year, 16-year-old Darren Ejai had been at school in Derby in Western Australia's Kimberley. He spent the afternoon helping his brother get his car working, and as night fell the boys drove out to the Aboriginal community of Mowanjum to help celebrate their older brother's birthday.


Marriage



PM cancels Christian Lobby visit



Dan Harrison – SMH

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has cancelled a speech at the Australian Christian Lobby's national conference, after its leader said a homosexual ''lifestyle'' was more hazardous to health than smoking.


PM cancels speech to Christian lobby after ‘offensive’ gay health comments



Ben Packham – The Australian

Julia Gillard has cancelled a planned address to the Australian Christian Lobby after "heartless" comments by ACL director Jim Wallace, suggesting smoking was healthier than homosexuality.


Bishop slams Gillard over Christian event



Ninemsn

Prime Minister Julia Gillard should take issue with comments about gays by the Australian Christian Lobby rather than boycott its conference, the federal opposition says.


Overseas Aid



Pakistan kicks out Save the Children



Herald Sun

Pakistan has ordered all Save the Children foreign staff to leave the country within four weeks, in the wake of accusations linking the aid agency to a fake vaccination program used in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.


Politics



Abbott says remarks by Turnbull, Joyce don’t worry him



Herald Sun

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he's not concerned about Malcolm Turnbull's comments on the state of party politicking.


Religious Freedom & Persecution



Truth, marriage and the threat to religious liberty



Anthony Fisher – ABC Religion & Ethics

Same-sex marriage (SSM) is all the rage at the moment. Last week the lower house of the Tasmanian parliament passed a bill to allow it. A similar bill passed first reading stage in New Zealand, and the Scots parliament announced it plans to make similar law.


Refugees



Asylum seekers question offshore threat



ABC Online

Asylum seekers are questioning the Federal Government's threat to send them offshore despite them arriving on Australian soil before Parliament passed new legislation.