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

Shaw about that?

Debbie Garratt - On Line Opinion

Victorian Liberal MP, Geoff Shaw raises some interesting issues with regard to abortion, engendering the usual hysterical outbursts from radicals only concerned about the availability of abortion, rather than safety and informed consent. Mr Shaw has proposed several changes to current Victorian abortion law, which has allowed unrestricted abortion to women (and girls) of any age for any reason up to 24 weeks, thereafter on the approval of 2 doctors, since legislative changes in 2008.


Children & Family

National Children’s Commissioner to run inquiry on websites encouraging self-harm in teenagers


Lauren Wilson - News Corp

The growing number of websites that encourage troubled teenagers to harm themselves is being targeted by a new crackdown led by National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell. Ms Mitchell told News Corp Australia that her inquiry into child suicide and self-harm will examine what role the internet and social media sites play in encouraging teenagers and young adults to engage in dangerous practices like “cutting”.


Child welfare at risk as family courts reach ‘crisis point’

The Australian

Child welfare is being compromised and the safety of women put at risk because of unacceptable delays in the nation’s family law system, with courts in Sydney’s west reaching “crisis point”.


10,000 children dropping out of school

Henrietta Cook - The Age

A staggering 10,000 vulnerable children are dropping out of Victorian high schools, training and apprenticeships every year, triggering fears of a generation lost in a world of future unemployment.


Drugs & Alcohol

Almost 60 players at Cronulla and Essendon face bans as ASADA gets ready to exact punishment

News Ltd

According to a report in Fairfax newspapers, 17 players from Cronulla’s 2011 NRL squad and up to 40 from AFL club Essendon’s class of 2012 will be issued with show-cause letters as early as this week.


Politics

Labor won't block MP pay freeze, Chris Bowen says


AAP

Labor won’t oppose a pay freeze for federal MPs, but shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says it won’t make voters feel better about the government’s upcoming budget.


Mike Baird's dangerously virtuous education

Nick O'Malley - SMH

In a concert hall set amid towering firs at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver last Friday night, a Scottish Old Testament scholar thunderously championed a philosophical outlook that has found its way to the very heart of the NSW government.


Refugees

PNG immigration minister says he will choose which refugees on Manus Island are resettled


Liam Cochrane - ABC

Papua New Guinea's immigration minister says he will choose which refugees resettle in the country, an apparent contradiction of the Australian Government's assertion that all genuine refugees detained on Manus Island will be resettled within PNG.


Sexualisation of Society

Babysitters from hell guilty of child pornography charges in Brisbane District Court


Brooke Baskin - Courier Mail

Babysitters from hell who photographed themselves in sexual poses with a toddler have been jailed after police found the images stored on computers alongside child porn movies, photos and animation.


Other

Nintendo apologises over lack of gay relationships in video game


The Guardian

The video-game giant Nintendo has apologised and promised to be more inclusive, after being criticised for not recognising same-sex relationships in English-language editions of a life-simulator video game. The company said, however, it was too late to change the game.