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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Children & Family

Childcare cost blowout for parents, taxpayers

News Limited

Childcare spending will nearly triple in a decade as more working parents demand daycare and wage costs soar, the federal Education Department has warned. Parents’ out-of-pocket costs will double as a proportion of household income during the next six years, the department reveals in new modelling for the Productivity Commission’s childcare inquiry.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Surrogacy industry a return to the dark days


Melinda Tankard Reist - SMH

Adelaide couple Mark and Matt, both 29, have acquired Thai-designed newborns Tate and Estelle through commercialised surrogacy overseas. According to Adelaide's Sunday Mail, the dual boy-girl delivery an hour apart by caesarean section to separate surrogate women for gay parents is believed to be an Australian first. These babies have a complex genealogical history. They were conceived from eggs extracted from a single Caucasian donor woman (country not identified), separately fertilised with the men's sperm, then implanted into two Thai women who acted as surrogate mothers.


Education

Homosexuality a topic in science classes under school bullying plans


Katie Robertson - Perth Now

Homosexuality would be raised in science classes, including human biology, under plans to address bullying in schools. The idea is contained in a draft of the new Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools obtained by The Sunday Times. The guidelines were developed to tackle homophobia in WA schools.


Gambling

App triggers warning to problem gamblers


Alana Schetzer - The Age

A smartphone app that triggers a warning to problem gamblers if they step inside a pokies venue will be launched in Melbourne this month.


Indigenous

Youth missing from system, says Warren Mundine


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The head of the Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, believes there are up to 40,000 young Aboriginal adults who are missing from the system, not claiming the dole and living off crime and by humbugging.


Marriage

Same-sex marriage campaigners in show of flower power


Alexia Parenzee - Geraldton Newspapers

Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton said MPs had already voted against same-sex marriage and people should stop pushing for it. “There has been a disproportionate amount of time spent on the issue of same-sex marriage and the issue of same-sex marriage has been dealt with by Federal Parliament,” he said.


Politics

South Australia election: Campaign launches with Jay Weatherill focusing on jobs, Steven Marshall promises review of expenditure


ABC

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has visited Government House to dissolve parliament and officially launch the state's four-week election campaign.


Tony Abbott bounces back as union woes hit Bill Shorten in latest poll

Mark Kenny - SMH

The Abbott government has regained the lead in the latest Fairfax-Nielsen opinion poll for the first time in two months, helped by a sharp drop in support for Bill Shorten's performance and a Labor primary vote lurching back into the low 30s.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Police launch lightning raids on massage parlours along the Gold Coast Highway in an attack on the growing illegal sex trade


Robyn Wuth - Gold Coast Bulletin

Valentine's Day punters were caught with their pants down when police yesterday launched a series of lightning raids across the Gold Coast, targeting sex shops they believed were fronting as Asian massage parlours. Police blitzed almost 50 massage parlours ­from Coomera to Coolangatta in a bid to tackle the increasing­ ­illegal sex trade.


Other

Facebook to offer users new gender options

AP

You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customisable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.