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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Abortion

NSW has double the national rate of teen abortions


The Daily Telegraph

NSW teenagers have the highest abortion rates in the country, with more young people terminating pregnancies than choosing to become parents, Family Planning figures show. While termination data is not actively collected in NSW, available information shows there were 4053 abortions among teens aged 15-19 in 2009 — the highest in Australia and double the number of Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. In the same year there were 3152 live births among the same age group.


Qld MP claims abortion increases breast cancer risk

Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times

Queensland MP Freya Ostapovitch has claimed abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. The member for Stretton rose to speak on a matter of public interest just before midday on Tuesday, when most parliamentary reporters were in the budget lock up.


Vic premier rules out abortion law reform

Yahoo News

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says that while he is leader he will not let independent MP Geoff Shaw introduce changes to abortion laws. "While I am premier, I will not allow Mr Shaw to introduce any legislation seeking to change abortion laws in Victoria," Dr Napthine told reporters on Wednesday.


Drugs & Alcohol

Drugs like ice have Australia hooked


News Ltd

Australia is in the midst of an ice epidemic, with the drug being linked to a growing number of crimes, and higher quantities of the amphetamine seized at our borders. And there is no end in sight to our addiction.


Education

University of NSW calls for 'rational debate' on education reforms rather than 'misleading assumptions'


ABC 

The University of New South Wales is calling for a "rational debate" about proposed changes to higher education, rather than what it is describing as "misleading assumptions".


Environment

Climate concerns on the rise


Peter Hannam - The Examiner



Concern among Australians about climate change is on the rise, a trend likely to continue amid record temperatures and President Barack Obama's carbon emission cuts, according to the Lowy Institute.





Gambling

Government pushes ahead with Logan greyhound racing track despite community opposition
(mentions ACL)

Nance Haxton - ABC

A proposed greyhound track in Logan, south of Brisbane, is facing growing opposition from thousands of residents but the Queensland Government is determined to push ahead with the project.


Homelessness & Poverty

Mentally ill slipping back to the streets

Anna Patty - SMH

People with a mental illness are at risk of being stuck in a ''revolving door'' in and out of homelessness without support to help them keep their public housing, research has found. A study to be released by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre has found a lack of support for people with mental illness has resulted in many slipping back into homelessness.


Politics

Premier Denis Napthine and Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews agree it's time to dump MP Geoff Shaw


Matt Johnston, Michelle Ainsworth, Annika Smethurst - Herald Sun

The political sideshow surrounding Geoff Shaw looks set to end, with both major parties looking at ways to suspend or expel him from Parliament. A text message ultimatum delivered personally by Mr Shaw to Premier Denis Napthine about the Frankston MP’s demands has helped harden the Government’s stance against Mr Shaw.


Refugees

Crew members from doomed asylum seeker mission found guilty of people smuggling


Perth Now

Two Indonesian nationals have been found guilty of people smuggling after a two-week trial in the Perth District Court. Boy Djara and Justhen had been fighting to one charge each of assisting a group of five or more unlawful non-citizens into Australia and five charges each of assisting a group of five or more unlawful non-citizens into Australia in a way that gave rise to danger of death or serious injury.