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



Abortion politics for export

Chloe Angyal – Brisbane Times

Australians' love of things American must not extend to a growing assault in the US on women's reproductive rights.

I HAVE learnt many things in the seven years I've lived in America. I've learnt to explain the difference between Australia's three codes of football to a gridiron fan.



Children & Family

Law panel tackles the curly questions

Bendigo Advertiser

No topic was taboo at a special panel discussion on sex and the law in Bendigo yesterday.

Abortion, gay marriage, sexual assault and parenting rights were all hot topics at the event, held at Bendigo Senior Secondary College as part of Law Week.



Euthanasia

Call for action on Euthanasia

Lisa Cox, SMH.

When he talks about euthanasia, Professor Bob Douglas borrows a line from a former health minister by saying it's an issue that has politicians ''hiding under their desks''. Studies have shown that the number of Australians who support voluntary euthanasia is greater than the number that oppose it.



Gambling

AFL to help clubs sell off poker machines

Greg Buckle – SMH

The AFL wants to help clubs rid themselves of their links to poker machines.

The AFL is seeking consortiums to buy the poker machines and take over the leases, Nine's The Footy Show reported on Thursday night.



Indigenous

Indigenous leader critical of extension of intervention in UN

The Australian

THE chairman of the National Congress of Australia's First People, Les Malezer, has spoken at the United Nations permanent forum on indigenous issues in New York this week, where he criticised the proposed 10-year extension of the intervention.



Queensland indigenous truancy gap static from 2007-2011

The Australian – Rosanne Barrett

HIGHER truancy rates between indigenous and non-indigenous school students remain the same in Queensland despite education department strategies and a multi-million dollar attendance program.

Queensland's Auditor-General Andrew Greaves revealed the 7 percentage point difference between indigenous and non-indigenous school students had not changed over the four-year period from 2007 to 2011, even with a $23.8 million Closing The Gap initiative in 2010-2011.



Marriage

Marriage equality is inevitable - just look at its critics

Tim Dunlop – ABC Drum

We all need to thank Joe Hockey.

His performance on the most recent episode of Q&A on ABC TV has demonstrated the moral and logical blackhole pulsing in the centre of "arguments" against gay marriage.

With one simple, graceless and insulting attack on gay parents, Mr Hockey exposed the bankruptcy of all those, including the Prime Minister, who continue to conspire with prejudice and small-mindedness to deny their fellow citizens equal treatment before the law.



Manny Pacquiao denounces anti-gay allegations

GREG BEACHAM – SMH

Manny Pacquiao says he loves and supports gays and lesbians, even though he does not approve of gay marriage.

The world champion boxer and Filipino congressman has been criticized ever since he was quoted in an interview on the examiner.com website saying he opposed President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage.



Gay marriage: a lawyer's response to the doctors' concerns

Costa Avgoustinos – Online Opinion

Dear Doctors for the Family,

As you are well aware, doctors hold high esteem in our society and so when they form an alliance and partake in a debate their point of view is treated with reverence. As a lawyer, I do not hold society's high esteem (fair call, society). But I do have a knack for sniffing out flawed arguments. With that being the case, I would like to set my nose to your letter to the Senate on Marriage Equality, dated 28 March 2012.



Politics

Gay marriage is a distraction: remember Manning

John Pilger – ABC Drum

In the week Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, he ordered bombing attacks on Yemen, killing a reported 63 people, 28 of them children.

When Obama recently announced he supported same-sex marriage, American planes had not long blown 14 Afghan civilians to bits.



Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Woman charged over child prostitution

Herald Sun

A SYDNEY woman charged with prostituting girls as young as 12, allegedly accepted as little as $10 from some male customers.

Adrienne Garner, 22, charged men between $10 and $100 to engage in various sexual acts with two girls aged 12 and 13 in Sydney's southwest, court documents allege.



Refugees

Security rethink can protect refugee rights

Catherine Branson – SMH

While the debate about Australia’s immigration detention policies continues to swirl with each new boat arrival, it has been easy to overlook the plight of a group of refugees held in closed immigration detention without prospect of release.

Over recent weeks their predicament and despair have started to receive public attention. As fears mount for their safety, it is clear there is urgent need for reform of the management of security risks posed to Australia by refugees.



Sexualisation of Society

Youth asked about dark side of ads

Angela Pownall - The West Australian

From sexy images of girls in magazines to advertisements glamorising alcohol, WA Commissioner for Children and Young People Michelle Scott has warned that media and advertising have a powerful, sometimes detrimental, influence on children.

Ms Scott said there was widespread concern among parents and professionals that the sexualisation of children and youths in Australia was increasing and the impact on their health and development needed more investigation.



The queen of teen issues

BRON SIBREE, The West Australian

Julia Lawrinson has never shrunk from writing about controversial issues. She's penned novels for young adults about drunken sex, teenage pregnancy, abortion, sexual abuse and what life is like in an adolescent psychiatric hospital.

Immensely popular novels like her WA Premier's Prize winning Obsession, Skating the Edge and Bye Beautiful - a CBC notable book - have won her plaudits from her peers and young teens coming along with hate mail from their grandparents.