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



Abortion will hinder rise of China and India: Pell



Peter Jean – The Age

Sydney's Catholic Archbishop has questioned whether the gender imbalance caused by the selective abortion of female foetuses could hinder the rise to affluence of China and India.


Bioethics 



Genetic test could predict the risk of autism in infants



Kate Hagan – The Age

A genetic test to predict a baby's risk of developing autism has been developed by Melbourne researchers, paving the way for earlier intervention to improve behaviour and functioning.


Charities & NFP



Coalition takes aim at charities regulator



Dan Harrison – SMH

The Coalition will oppose the Gillard government's proposed charities regulator and dismantle it if elected.


Children & Family



Parents of autistic children start new independent Treetop Autism Specific School in South Australia



Tom Bowden – AdelaideNow

Parents of autistic children have been forced to create a school to cater for their special needs, because South Australia is the only state without a specialised education facility for students with the developmental disability.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy



Paid surrogacy ‘should be decriminalised’



Lema Semandar – Herald Sun

A huge demand in Australia for commercial surrogacy should prompt NSW, Queensland and the ACT to make it legal, advocates say.


Drugs & Alcohol



Death and overdoses blamed on emerging drugs



ABC Online

Police say two emerging drugs have resulted in a death and two overdoses in the mid-north of South Australia.


Education



Opposition obtains struggling schools watch list



Nick Harmsen – ABC Online

There are 28 South Australian public schools with significant financial problems and management shortfalls which the Education Department believes may affect teaching and learning.


Merged uni to break down the barriers



John Ross – The Australian

Central Queensland's forthcoming dual-sector university will mark "the end of educational apartheid", with tertiary students at all levels dipping into education on a needs basis, according to its presumptive leader.


Environment



Dutch demand answers over limits on super-trawler



Verity Edwards & Milanda Rout – The Australian

The Netherlands has insisted the Gillard government explain its decision to bow to a pressure group-led campaign and effectively ban a Dutch-Australian super-trawler from fishing in Australian waters for two years.


Gambling



Church groups at odds with Coalition on gambling curbs



Richard Willingham – SMH

Church groups that support poker machine reform have turned on the Coalition for blocking plans designed to curb problem gambling, despite proposals reflecting opposition policy.


Human Rights



Disability advocates allege epidemic of abuse in care



Hamish Fitzsimmons – ABC Online

Disability rights advocates are calling for a royal commission into widespread allegations of abuse of disabled people living in care.


Indigenous



Too late for Indigenous referendum, Opposition says



Simon Cullen & Anna Henderson – ABC Online

The Opposition has given up on the prospect of holding a referendum to recognise Aboriginal people in the constitution before next year's election


Marriage



PM embarrassed Church over gay marriage, says Archbishop



The Christian Institute

Rowan Williams has criticised David Cameron for the “embarrassment” he has caused the Church over same-sex marriage.


Truth a victim in unholy row



Adam Cresswell – The Australian

General practitioner Shiva Rayar believes there may be some truth to the notion that gay people don't live as long as the broader community, though not for the reasons that some of the country's more outspoken religious figures seem to think.


Politics



Rudd’s voice ‘won’t be silenced’



Michelle Grattan – The Age

Kevin Rudd has declared that he has ''a responsibility'' to get out and argue the case against Tony Abbott, in a wide-ranging interview that will be seen by colleagues as a new push against Julia Gillard's leadership.


Government hides laundry list of wacko Greens policies



Joe Hockey – The Punch

There is some deserved and overdue scrutiny of the Greens going on right now and it is appropriate the spotlight searches further. This is about a political party that prides itself on transparency, yet offers none when it comes to its own workings.


Religious Freedom & Persecution



‘Blasphemy girl’ fears for life after threats in Pakistan



Herald Sun

A Christian family and their daughter, who was bailed after spending three weeks in a Pakistan jail on blasphemy charges, fear for their lives despite government promises to protect them.


Refugees



Nauru asylum seeker processing laws pass the Senate



Herald Sun

Federal parliament has approved the reopening of an offshore processing centre on the Pacific island of Nauru for asylum seekers who reach Australia by boat.


Labor silent on legal rights for asylum-seekers



Paul Maley & Paige Taylor – The Australian

The government is refusing to say what rights asylum-seekers transferred to Nauru will enjoy as it emerged Australia expects it will have no legal responsibility whatsoever for boatpeople processed under its reborn Pacific Solution.


Sexualisation of Society



Silence on sexuality is failing our children



Jane Fynes-Clinton – The Courier-Mail

Who would have thought that in 2012, there would be debate on whether little children should be taught the real names of their "private places"?