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

Spare a thought for seniors stepping up again


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Kylie Farrell believes she may not have been alive today had her grandparents not fought to take responsibility for her away from her parents. “My mum kicked me out at 10, she was quite abusive,’’ Ms Farrell said.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Thousands of infertile Australians paying for surrogacy in India and Thailand


Sue Dunlevy - News Ltd

The booming offshore baby market has become big business with one surrogacy centre in India engaging 600 women to produce babies for wealthy overseas couples. Commercial surrogacy is outlawed in Australia but in 2011-12 more than 300 babies were produced for Australian couples at overseas clinics.


Health

We must not accept this awful tragedy of suicides


Herald Sun

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released its preliminary statistics on the number of suicides in Australia during 2012. The figure was 2535. That is approximately seven suicides every day, or 49 per week — and approximately 62,000 Australians a year attempt to take their lives. Think of the MCG filled to almost two-thirds of its capacity.


Homelessness & Poverty

Tackling homelessness in Brisbane


Gabrielle Burke - ABC

In Brisbane there around six thousand people who are homeless. 500 Lives 500 Homes is a three year campaign, supported by the State Government, that aims to break the cycle of homelessness.


Human Rights

John Howard backs race act changes 


Troy Bramston - The Australian 

Former prime minister John Howard will tell a gala dinner celebrating the Liberal Party’s 70th anniversary tonight that he strongly supports proposed changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.


Indigenous

Save indigenous health from cuts: leader


Sky News

Aboriginal-controlled health clinics must be quarantined from federal budget cuts otherwise their strong gains in closing the health gap will be put at risk, an indigenous leader warns. National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) chair Justin Mohamed says indigenous-run clinics are easing pressure on the mainstream health system.


Overseas Aid

Appeal to honour Syrian aid promises


SBS

International aid agencies are calling on governments to live up to their promises of help and support for Syria's embattled citizens.


Delay to increasing foreign aid a concern: ACL (mentions ACL)

Christian Today

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment at a senate inquiry report recommendation to extend the time by which Australia increase its foreign aid. Last week, a senate inquiry into Australia’s overseas aid and development assistance program released its report, with one of its 24 recommendations suggesting Australia’s target of 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) be met by 2024-25.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Authorities protect teenagers in care targeted by criminal gangs

Herald Sun

Authorities have moved to protect children at the centre of an alleged crime gang targeting state wards. Intervention orders were today taken out against seven men believed to be involved in the criminal network targeting young teens in care. It comes less than month after the Herald Sun revealed pedophiles were grooming state wards as young as 12 for prostitution.


Other

Neither man nor woman: Norrie wins gender appeal


Paul Bibby and Dan Harrison - SMH

In a historic decision with far-reaching implications for institutions and individuals across the country, the court on Wednesday formally upheld the right of transgender person Norrie to be registered as neither a man nor a woman with the NSW registry of births, deaths and marriages.