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

The whale in the room

Debbie Garratt - On Line Opinion

When the media is more interested in a single beached whale when the lives of women and their children are being torn apart, in some cases for the children this being literal, there is something very wrong with our world.


Classification

Australia's Wicked campervan company under fire for 'misogynistic, sexist' slogans


Rebecca Trigger - ABC News 

An Australian campervan company is facing an online backlash over "misogynistic and degrading" slogans painted on the sides of their vehicles. By Sunday afternoon more than 12,000 people had signed a Change.org petition calling on Brisbane-based Wicked Campers to remove slogans labelled as degrading to women.


Euthanasia

Good lives deserve good deaths, and options at the end


Patrick McArdle - SMH

The Greek concept of ''euthanasia'' is back in the news. At a policy level, the Greens have moved to have discussion of a national euthanasia bill debated and, in more tragically practical terms, Nigel Brayley ended his life following discussions on the ways and means with Dr Philip Nitschke.


Gambling

New gambling helpline provider for Canberrans

Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times

Relationships Australia will take over responsibility for delivering the ACT's problem gambling assistance phoneline after a competitive government tender process for the three-year contract. Racing and Gaming Minister Joy Burch announced the new management arrangements on Friday and defended the performance of former provider Mission Australia in the service's first three years.


Health

WHO urges all gay men to use preventive drugs


AFP

The World Health Organization on Friday urged all men who have gay sex to take antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world. "We are seeing exploding epidemics," warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO's HIV department.


Teenagers more anxious and depressed

Amy Corderoy - Sydney Morning Herald

Teenagers are experiencing more depression and anxiety than they did a decade or more ago, with doctors reporting an increase in the most serious and difficult cases. A review of 19 studies conducted across 12 countries has found the majority showed a deterioration in the mental health of teenage girls when it came to depressive and anxious symptoms, with some finding between 30 and 50 per cent of teenage girls were experiencing the symptoms.


Politics

Clive Palmer’s PUP looks to take out Bob Katter’s political outfit, not rival Newman’s LNP

Courier Mail

Clive Palmer could be Premier Campbell Newman’s unlikely saviour at next year’s state election, cruelling Labor’s attempts to win some seats off the LNP. A new Galaxy poll, conducted exclusively for The Courier-Mail, has debunked claims the combined forces of the Palmer United Party and Labor would work in concert to tear down the LNP majority.


Refugees

Making refugee rulings quickly at sea is a bridge too far


Peter van Onselen - The Australian

Both the political Left and Right largely miss the point when it comes to the new (secretive) ­policy of assessing asylum-­seekers at sea before attempting to quickly return them to their point of origin.


Sexualisation of Society

Porn exposure linked to children sexually abusing other children

Emily Moulton - Perth Now

WA children as young as four are sexually abusing other children because of exposure to pornography. And in a stark warning, experts say we could be left with a generation of abusers if more isn’t done to reduce exposure. 


Other

District Court judge Garry Neilson referred to Judicial Commission over incest comments


Sarah Gerathy - ABC News

A New South Wales District Court judge who said the community may no longer see incest as taboo in the same way homosexuality is now widely accepted has been referred to the Judicial Commission.