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.



Classification

Is there any point to the Advertising Standards Bureau?


Miranda Ward - Mumbrella

In the last year a grand total of 3,640 complaints were made to the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) relating to more than 500 ads. The ASB’s board looked at 473 of these ads and only 68 were found to have breached its Code of Ethics.


Drugs & Alcohol

Mandatory breath test car 'lock' for repeat drink drivers


Anna Patty - SMH

Drink drive offenders will be required to pass an alcohol breath test before they are allowed to drive their cars. Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay has announced alcohol interlocks will be mandatory for high range and repeat drink drive offenders.


Education

Tasmania bottom of the class


Rosita Gallasch - The Examiner

Tasmania has continued to languish at the bottom in most education criteria in Australia. According to the Council of Australian Government's Reform Council report - Education in Australia 2012: Five Years of Performance , to be released today - the state has declined in six of 10 areas.


Environment

Environment Minister Greg Hunt orders inquiry into reef authority


Jonathan Swan - SMH

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has ordered an "immediate" inquiry into the agency charged with protecting the Great Barrier Reef, after revelations that board members held interests in companies that could benefit from expanding coal and gas production near the reef.


Euthanasia

Quebec one step closer to euthanasia after Bill 52 passes 2nd reading


Peter Baklinski - Life Site News

The Quebec government is one step closer to decriminalizing euthanasia as “medical aid in dying” after Bill 52 passed its second reading today with an 84 to 26 “vote in principle” at the National Assembly, with none abstaining.


Indigenous

Indigenous high school attendance drops in NT


ABC

It appears that a significant drop in high school attendance rates in remote schools in the Northern Territory isn't going to stop the Territory Government axing dozens of education jobs. In the Council of Australian Governments report it reveals the Territory consistently scores the lowest literacy and numeracy rates in the country partly due to the high proportion of Indigenous students struggling to attend school.


Marriage

Let the people decide on gay “marriage”

David van Gend - Mercator Net

Nine politicians in the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly voted last week to legalise homosexual marriage on behalf of all Australians. The nine were a predictable Labor-Green alliance and were opposed by eight Liberals. And also this week the Labor-Green government in Tasmania tried and failed to revive its recently rejected bill for same-sex marriage.


'No further changes' to ACT same-sex marriage laws

Lisa Mosley - ABC

The ACT Government will not be making further changes to its same-sex marriage laws. Last Tuesday, the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to pass laws legalising same-sex marriages.


Same-sex lobby in slippery territory

Paul Kelly - The Australian

In Australia's often hysterical same-sex marriage dispute there are two benchmarks - the only enduring basis for change should be the national parliament and that vote should be based on conscience, given the practice established with the 1961 Marriage Act. The superiority of this approach is overwhelming on legal, practical and political grounds. The reason this superior method is under challenge is obvious: the numbers to legislate same-sex marriage on a conscience vote do not exist in the current national parliament, just as they did not exist in the previous parliament.


Tasmania same-sex ‘marriage’ bill fails

Andrew Smith - Life Site News

Yet another attempt to pass a same-sex “marriage” bill was defeated in Australia today in the Tasmanian Upper House by a vote of 8 to 6. The motion was introduced by Independent MLC, Ruth Forrest, and sought to reignite a bill that failed at an earlier attempt late last year.


Politics

Deborah O'Neill selected by Labor to fill Bob Carr's Senate seat


SMH

Former lower house MP Deborah O'Neill has been elected by Labor to fill the Senate vacancy caused by the retirement of former minister Bob Carr. The NSW ALP's administrative committee met on Wednesday afternoon to vote on who would take the upper house spot.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Kids pimping kids out for sex in Indonesia


Margie Mason - Associated Press

Chimoy flicks a lighter and draws a long drag until her cheeks collapse on the skinny Dunhill Mild, exhaling a column of smoke. Her no-nonsense, tough-girl attitude projects the confidence of a woman in her 30s, yet she's only 17. Colorful angel and butterfly tattoos cover her skin, and she wears a black T-shirt emblazoned with a huge skull. Chimoy — by her own account and those of other girls and social workers — is a pimp.


Refugees

People smugglers struggle as demand dives


AAP

A number of key people smugglers operating out of Indonesia are believed to have forged a new "super syndicate" in a bid to secure enough passengers for boats bound for Australia amid a massive downturn in demand from asylum seekers.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Turning in their graves


Miranda Devine – Daily Telegraph

The idea of secretly replacing the evocation “Known Unto God” with a Paul Keating quote on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian soldier seems like an absurd atheist fantasy. But without the intervention of the Abbott government it would have happened.


Karachi: Christian family faced with blasphemy and forced conversion threats

Jibran Khan - Asia News

In September, the head of the family, Boota Masih, a 58-year-old goldsmith, was killed, falsely accused of blasphemy. In fact, a business rival was behind the murder, and he is still free and unpunished. Meanwhile, armed men have threatened the victim's family, telling them to convert to Islam or face death. Police however have arrested these men.


Sexualisation of Society

Public servant loses sex injury compo claim


Noel Towell - The Canberra Times

The Abbott government says a High Court decision to deny compensation to a public servant injured while having sex is a "victory for common sense".


Other

You've got to have faith in good journalism


Endy Bayuni - ABC Religion and Ethics

Rising tension between people of different religions in many nations across the world poses a serious challenge for journalism. More often than not, we find that the media takes sides in these tensions or the ensuing conflicts. Worse still, they exacerbate the situation by stereotyping minority religious groups in their societies. Knowingly or not, the media has become part of the problem.


Students charged after clash with police in the CBD over education funding cuts

News Ltd

Four university students have been charged with a range of offences after a dramatic city clash with police put one officer in hospital.