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

I gave up my son for adoption, says senator Jacinta Collins


The Australian





Jacinta Collins, a pro-life Labor senator catapulted into the party's leadership team upon the return of Kevin Rudd, has revealed how she became pregnant as a teenager and gave up her son for adoption.












Abortion activists call for 'Abortion on Demand' through nationwide 'Freedom Ride'

Morgan Lee - Christian Post





A pro-choice and anti-pornography group has organized a "Freedom Rider" tour that kicked off in New York City and San Francisco last month. End Patriarchy Now launched a month long, cross-country campaign to call for "abortion on demand, and without apology."
















Children & Family

Vaccine refusers to miss out on $2000 family payments


The Daily Telegraph





Kevin Rudd has promised to strip families who refuse to vaccinate their children of family payments worth up to $2000.










Tony Abbott unveils controversial maternity leave scheme

The Daily Telegraph





Every working woman in Australia will secure six months leave on full pay plus super for each baby born after July 1, 2015 under an Abbott government.
















Gambling

NSW detectives probed over gambling


AAP





NSW detectives are being investigated over their links with a top punter who is suspected of using police to run secret gambling accounts, it's been reported.












Health

Kevin Rudd commits $357m to modernise medical facilities


The Australian





Kevin Rudd has unveiled a $357 million package to modernise hospital and medical treatment facilities, boost the health workforce and provide updated diagnostic and treatment technologies around the country.












Marriage

Hurdles in way of gay marriage


Peter Jean - The Canberra Times





It's been promoted as a way of boosting the economy of a city under threat by its major employer cutting jobs: legalise same-sex marriage in Canberra and promote the ACT as a wedding destination for gays and lesbian couples from around Australia.










Countries allowing vows cash in

Andrew Taylor - SMH





The suits fit, the flowers have been chosen and the wedding vows written. Admittedly, the bridesmaid's dress caused weeks of consternation but Paul McCarthy says he is finally ready to marry his long-term partner, Trent Kandler, in New Zealand on Monday.












Politics

Peter Beattie faces thrashing in Forde, new poll shows


Phillip Coorey - SMH





Labor's shock decision to recruit Peter Beattie as its candidate for the federal Queensland electorate of Forde appears to have backfired spectacularly, with the Coalition on track to win the seat in a landslide, The Australian Financial Review reports.










Greens see red over preference ploys

Jamie Walker - The Australian





It should have been a golden day for Christine Milne as Heart Reef came into view, amid the glistening splendour of the Whitsunday Islands. The sun had burned through the morning fog and it was as if you could see forever, the way the turquoise sea folded into that deep blue horizon we were flying towards.














Refugees

The public, the Church and asylum seekers


Frank Brennan - ABC





Frank Brennan S.J. AO delivered the 43rd Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture at Trinity College Theological School, Parkville, Victoria, on Wednesday, 14 August 2013.












PNG solution 'unravelling': Morrison

Mark Baker - The Age





Labor's PNG solution was ''unravelling'', said Coalition immigration minster Scott Morrison, after the country’s Prime Minister Peter O'Neill denied the two central elements of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's tough new asylum-seeker policy – that PNG will settle all those determined to be refugees and that none will end up in Australia.






Syrian refugees flood into northern Iraq

AAP





Thousands of Syrian Kurds have poured into Iraq over the past few days, to escape deadly clashes between Kurdish fighters and jihadists.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Churches torched across Egypt in anti-Coptic violence by Morsi loyalists


Ayat Al-Tawy





Churches across Egypt came under frenzied attack as the country became convulsed in violent turmoil after security forces forcibly broke up two Cairo protest camps held by supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.














Sexualisation of Society

Online porn consumers exposed to cyber crims


Cameron Houston - SMH





Hundreds of Australians accessing pornography online have been caught - some quite literally - with their pants down by cyber criminals who fraudulently claim to be members of the Australian Federal Police.