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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Classification

George Brandis signals internet filter rebirth


Matthew Knott - SMH

The Abbott government is considering a major crackdown on online piracy, including forcing internet service providers to block websites that allow users to illegally stream or download movies, music and television shows. The federal government is also considering implementing a "graduated response scheme" that could lead to consumers' internet accounts being temporarily suspended if they ignore notifications to stop downloading illegal content.


Education

Education Minister Christopher Pyne reveals a new eight member panel to improve teacher quality

Jordanna Schriever - Herald Sun

A panel of eight experts has been appointed to advise the government to improve teacher quality to make teacher education less theoretical and more practical. Education Minister Christopher Pyne this morning announced the panel will be chaired by Australian Catholic University Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, who has opposed attempts to restrict admission to the top 30 per cent of school-leavers.


Euthanasia

Why healthy people choose to end their lives in a suicide clinic


Chris Smyth - The Australian

Women, the rich, the educated and the lonely are most likely to choose assisted suicide, according to a Swiss study. About 16 per cent of those helped by right-to-die organisations such as Dignitas had no underlying illness, the researchers found, suggesting that "weariness with life" was an increasingly common reason for choosing suicide. However, they said their findings suggested that there was no "slippery slope" on which vulnerable patients were pressured into ending their lives.


Indigenous

Facebook used by remote teens to post suicide threats


Sarah Martin - The Australian

Aboriginal teenagers in remote communities of central Australia are using Facebook to regularly threaten suicide, prostitute themselves and talk about substance abuse. Child welfare advocates have sent The Australian Facebook posts from children as young as 13 that lay bare the dysfunction of the region.


Marriage

C of E guidance keeps traditional marriage stance

The Christian Institute

New Church of England guidance has reaffirmed its traditional stance on marriage, and says it will not allow clergy to enter a same-sex marriage when it becomes legally possible next month. The statement – from the House of Bishops – confirmed that gay wedding ceremonies cannot be performed in Church of England churches under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.


Politics

National Katrina Hodgkinson to contest Liberal Pru Goward’s seat of Goulburn

AAP

NSW family and community services minister Pru Goward says the decision by Nationals frontbencher Katrina Hodgkinson to challenge for preselection in the seat of Goulburn has the potential to inflame tensions between the parties.


The tyranny of minority

Matthew Denholm - The Australian

Having engineered a quickie divorce from the Greens, Tasmanian Labor now is seeking to speed-date its traditional supporters, pleading with them to come back to the fold on polling day.


Refugees

Immigration Department data lapse reveals asylum seekers' personal details


The Guardian

Online database provides personal details of almost 10,000 people in serious and embarrassing security breach.


Asylum flow to Indonesia slashed, says UN

The Australian

Australia's crackdown on boatpeople has slashed the number of asylum-seekers arriving in Indonesia, new UN refugee agency data shows.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Australian man John Short detained in North Korea, now facing 15 years in jail

Craig Cook - The Advertiser

An Australian man detained in North Korea for allegedly distributing religious material faces up to 15 years in jail under the harsh regime of Kim Jong-un. John Short, 75, a former member of the Unley and Elizabeth Gospel Halls, was arrested by the public security bureau of North Korea on Sunday. He has since faced questioning in Pyongyang, the capital and largest city of the country, about religious pamphlets printed in the Korean language and believed to be in his possession.