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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Abortion





Team Abbott rattled by loose cannon salvoes

James Massola, Judith Ireland, Lisa Cox - SMH

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down senior frontbencher Eric Abetz for suggesting a link exists between abortion and breast cancer, while Liberal MPs rounded on the Employment Minister's comments labelling them as ''bullshit'' and backed the medical science.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy



Gammy’s father wanted surrogate mum to abort, give money back



Sarah Elks – The Australian



THE Australian father of baby Gammy has admitted that had he found out earlier his son had Down syndrome, he would have asked the surrogate mother to have an abortion.



Surrogacy scandal widens with Southeast Asia infant trafficking operation exposed

The Australian

The baby Gammy surrogate scandal in Thailand has exposed a sinister multinational infant trafficking operation. Bangkok metropolitan police disclosed today that one man, Shigeta Mitsutoki, a 24-year-old Japanese national, had taken three infants out of Bangkok this year to Cambodia.


Japanese businessman fathered 13 surrogate babies in Thailand: police

Samantha Hawley - ABC

Police say they have found a total of 13 babies linked to a Japanese man embroiled in another surrogacy scandal in Thailand. Bangkok police raided an apartment earlier this week, finding nine surrogate babies, their nannies and a pregnant surrogate mother.


Euthanasia

Nitschke asks for legal fund support


News Ltd

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke is asking supporters to help raise $100,000 for his legal fees. Nitschke was suspended by the Medical Board of Australia after it ruled he posed "a serious risk to the health and safety of the public". He was also last week interviewed by police investigating the death of Max Bromson who took his own life and died in a Glenelg motel room surrounded by family members.


Gambling

Will Daniel Andrews stand up to the greedy and powerful gambling lobby?


Tim Costello - The Age

Australians are the biggest losers in the world when it comes to gambling, after the Singaporeans. We lose $961 each year, on average, per resident. Indeed Victorians squandered $2.3 billion on playing the pokies in the 10 months to May this year alone.


Tabcorp considers ways around ban on digital live betting for punters in pubs and clubs

Jessica Gardner - SMH

Tabcorp is considering ways to get around laws that ban digital live betting for punters in retail venues. In a wide-ranging interview following Tabcorp’s financial results last Thursday chief executive David Attenborough said the company would integrate digital into the 2550 pubs and clubs it services throughout NSW and Victoria.


Marriage

U-turn on marriage a vote-winner

Judith Ireland - SMH

Nearly 80 per cent of swing voters support same-sex marriage, according to the Liberal Party's in-house pollster, in findings that will ratchet up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free vote on the issue.


Overseas Aid

Corporate world might hold the key to building a better world


Daniel Flitton - SMH

The image that springs to mind is almost comic. A desperate refugee scratching his head, an Allen key in one hand, pages of wordless, stick-figure diagrams meant to be instructions clutched in the other. Lying on the dusty ground in front of him is a torn flat-pack box and the promise of cleverly designed Swedish furniture. Only this particular IKEA puzzle, when all the parts click together, will become a hardy emergency shelter for a family of five. This is how private companies are making foreign aid their business, muscling in where charities and governments once worked alone.


Politics

Bill Hassell slams Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s backdown over racial discrimination laws as ‘a surrender to narrow interest groups’

News Corp Australia

The WA division of the Liberal Party has rebuffed Prime Minister Tony Abbott for back tracking on contentious changes to racial discrimination laws.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Hundreds of women 'taken as slaves' in Iraq

Evie Grabowiecki - 9 News

Hundreds of Yazidi women have been kidnapped by Sunni militants, according to an Iraqi official. All of the women held hostage are under 35-years-old and are being kept in schools in Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. The families informed Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry that the women were kidnapped with earlier reports indicating that the women were to be given to young jihadists as wives.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Isis takes Iraq’s largest Christian town as residents told – 'leave, convert or die'

Independent

Christians from the town of Qaraqosh were fleeing today after it was taken by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) on Wednesday night. The town had previously been a safe haven for those fleeing Mosul and for those hoping Christianity had a future in the country. “Before we thought we could stay. But now, there is no way Christians can go back to Iraq,” says Abu Maykel, a 29-year-old clerk who fled the village last week.


Anglican Vicar of Baghdad: ‘Child I baptized cut in half by ISIS’

Anglican Communion News Service

The five-year-old son of a founding member of Baghdad’s Anglican church was cut in half during an attack by the Islamic State1 on the Christian town of Qaraqosh. In an interview Aug. 8, an emotional Canon Andrew White told ACNS that he christened the boy several years ago, and that the child’s parents had named the lad Andrew after him.