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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Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Australians are the leading users of international IVF as demand grows for donor eggs


News Ltd

People desperate to start a family are flocking to overseas IVF clinics in search of a donor egg. This comes as Indian fertility clinics revealed a booming market in cashed up Aussies seeking overseas surrogates.


Education

State schools funding in retreat


Matthew Knott - The Age

Independent schools in Victoria have 60 per cent more money on average to spend on their students than public schools, an analysis of the latest school funding data shows.


Euthanasia

Philip Nitschke tips a full house at Newcastle Writers Festival

Newcastle Herald

Exit International director Philip Nitschke will demonstrate emerging techniques that allow the elderly and seriously ill to achieve a peaceful death, at a workshop in Newcastle on Monday. Dr Nitschke said he was expecting an enthusiastic response to the Exit euthanasia workshop following his participation at the Newcastle Writers Festival being held at City Hall over the weekend.


Homelessness & Poverty

Homeless head to Canberra as mercury drops


Ross Peake - The Canberra Times

Social workers are at a loss to explain why homeless people are heading to Canberra despite the approaching freezing weather. The phenomenon is being discussed among workers in sector who are seeing an influx of people arriving with no money.


Overseas Aid

Aust boosts aid to flooded Solomon Islands


Nine MSN

Australia has boosted aid to the Solomon Islands, donating an extra $250,000 in emergency relief assistance after deadly floods. About 16 people are dead, 40 missing and an estimated 49,000 people homeless. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the money is in addition to an initial announcement of $50,000 on Friday.


Politics

WA Senate result puts Clive Palmer in box seat


James Massola and Lisa Cox - SMH

Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces three years of horse trading to get his legislation through the Senate following a Western Australian poll that featured a swing of about 5 per cent against both major parties. The Greens’ Scott Ludlam and the Palmer United Party’s Dio Wang will head to Canberra, while the Coalition looks set to claim three Senate seats and Labor just one.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

No way to block student sex visa scam, Scott Morrison declares


Eamonn Duff - SMH

Immigration officials are powerless to prevent sex traffickers exploiting a student visa loophole because closing it would eliminate a basic human right to appeal negative rulings.


Refugees

Internal opposition to resettling asylum seekers in Cambodia

Sarah Whyte - SMH

A possible deal to resettle Australian-bound asylum seekers in Cambodia has been heavily criticised by one of the country's longest-serving politicians who has warned against the country becoming a "dumping ground".


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christians form human shield around church in 'China's Jerusalem' after demolition threat

UK Telegraph

Christians have flocked to defend a church in eastern China after Communist Party officials claimed it was an "illegal construction" and announced plans to demolish it.


Other

Christianity may be weird, but it has a quiet strength

Milton Jones - Herald Sun

Hello, I’m a comedian who is here for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. I am also a Christian … and if you are still reading this you may be interested to know there is nothing directly about my faith in my act. But I’ve been asked to write about something I care about, so here goes.