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



Feminist forces anti-abortion advocate into soft-shoe shuffle



Sarah Whyte – SMH

An anti-abortion conference has been gatecrashed by a group of feminists who threw a ballet shoe at a keynote speaker, as tensions rise over the approval of a controversial pregnancy termination drug.


Study: Women more likely to die after abortion, not childbirth



LifeNews.com

A new study of the medical records for nearly half a million women in Denmark reveals significantly higher maternal death rates following abortion compared to delivery.


Drugs & Alcohol



Endeavour scraps urine testing for workers



Herald Sun

Unions have welcomed a decision by Endeavour Energy to stop urine testing its employees for drugs and alcohol.


Four teen experiments that kill instantly



Ninemsn

While almost all teens experiment with risky behaviour in some way, there are certain activities that can end your life immediately. Binge drinking, the "choking game", bridge jumping and hooning are just some of the practices which claim young lives every year.


Homelessness



Minister in vow on homeless targets



Patricia Karvelas – The Australian

Federal Homelessness Minister Brendan O'Connor will today declare Labor is committed to meeting its two ambitious goals -- to halve the rate of homelessness and to provide supported accommodation to all rough sleepers by 2020. 


Human Rights



Slavery is happening right here at home



Jenny Stanger – The Punch

For most Australians human trafficking and slavery takes place in faraway places or behind the blacked out windows of sex businesses. It is a shock to learn that human trafficking and slavery happens right here in Australia and affects a much broader group of people.


Marriage



‘Smoking healthier than gay marriage’



SMH

The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Jim Wallace says smoking is healthier than the lifestyle that would be promoted by same-sex marriage. Mr Wallace made the claim in a debate on marriage equality with Greens leader Christine Milne at the University of Tasmania today.


Christian lobbyist has gays fuming



Adam Shand – The Australian

Big Tobacco found an unlikely ally yesterday after Australian Christian Lobby boss Jim Wallace provoked outrage by suggesting smoking was healthier than living in same-sex relationships.


PM’s gay smoking furore



Dan Harrison – The Age

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will address the Australian Christian Lobby's national conference next month, despite its leader yesterday suggesting a homosexual ''lifestyle'' was more hazardous to health than smoking.


Gillard tight-lipped on gay marriage



The Australian

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tight-lipped about her opposition to same-sex marriage when protesters in Perth called for her to change her mind.


Democrats formerly back gay marriage



SMH

CHARLOTTE: For the first time, a major US political party is formally supporting gay marriage, as Democrats approved a platform that includes a ''marriage equality'' plank in clear contrast to Republicans.


Politics



Swan blasts 'bizarro' critics as growth rolls on

Peter Martin – The Age

Treasurer Wayne Swan has lashed out at ''bizarro'' critics as he called on the nation to celebrate a world-beating 21 years of uninterrupted economic growth - more, he says, than achieved by France, West Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, US and Canada combined.


Turnbull hits out at political ‘trust deficit’



ABC Online

Former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull has taken a swipe at his own party's tactics in Question Time, saying Australians have come to see the Federal Parliament as "nothing more than a forum for abuse, catcalling and spin".


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking



Councils fight new that aim to legalise brothels



Greg Kelton – AdelaideNow

Councillors from 10 local government areas across the state are mounting a campaign to try to block the passage through Parliament of new laws aimed at legalising prostitution.


Refugees



Nauru asylum seekers' 'tent city' almost ready



ABC Online

A temporary 'tent city' has been erected on the Pacific Island of Nauru in anticipation of the arrival of the first asylum seekers from Australia.


$1 million a month to fly refugees from Cocos Islands to Australia



Gemma Jones – The Daily Telegraph

An influx of asylum seekers on Cocos Islands is costing taxpayers almost $1 million a month - just in airfares.