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



Abortion “absolutely never medically necessary”: maternal care expert symposium



Hilary White – LifeSiteNews

An international group of obstetricians and other physicians meeting in Dublin this weekend has issued a statement denying that abortion is ever “medically necessary” for women.


Children & Family





Laws to allow more men to be primary carers



Clay Lucas – The Age

New federal laws surrounding workplace equality, likely to be passed in Canberra this week, aim to give more men the option of becoming the primary carer when they start a family.


Parents recruit personal trainers for children



Elissa Doherty – Herald Sun

Children as young as three are being whipped into shape by personal trainers in a growing fitness trend. Concerns about childhood obesity and busy parents who don't have time to run their kids to sport are driving the demand.


Drugs & Alcohol



Leaders know they have stupid drug policies, but don’t have the guts to change them



Tory Shepherd – AdelaideNow

Cannabis, dope, ganja, weed - it is Australia's most commonly used illicit drug.


Education



NSW staff threaten strike over cuts



Sky News

Independent school staff have threatened to hold a statewide day of protest if the NSW government does not back away from planned major funding cuts.


Unis hit by price gouging, says Monash University



Chris Griffith – The Australian

Australian universities are being slugged vastly higher sums for IT products than their British counterparts, forcing them to divert money from worthwhile activities.


Let them eat credit and watch our schools fail



Elena Douglas – The Australian Financial Review

There’s a compelling argument that as long as Western politicians could deliver the appearance of higher incomes by expanding access to credit and rising house prices, they stopped doing their homework on the things that deliver sustainable productivity and therefore rising incomes: the hard yards of educational improvement.


Homelessness



Misleading stats could leave the homeless out in the cold



Prins Ralston – The Punch

Later today there’s a very good chance Australia’s official number of homeless people could drop significantly.


Marriage



Anglican archbishop backs Christian lobby’s gay views



Dan Harrison – SMH

The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, has backed controversial comments by the Australian Christian Lobby head, Jim Wallace, that suggested a homosexual ''lifestyle'' was more hazardous to health than smoking.


Labor push on gay vote to kill issue



Michelle Grattan & Dan Harrison – SMH

Senior Labor figures are pushing for a vote on gay marriage, possibly as early as next week, to clear the issue off the agenda.


Teacher ‘face sack’ for refusing to endorse gay marriage



Graeme Paton – The Telegraph

Teachers who refuse to endorse gay marriage in the classroom could face the sack under controversial Government reforms, a legal expert has warned.


Refugees



Nauru crush spurs Malaysia talks



Lauren Wilson & Sid Maher – The Australian

Labor is striving to revive its people-swap deal with Malaysia amid concerns that Nauru, which will receive its first asylum-seekers by the end of the week, risks being swamped by a wave of new arrivals flooding through Indonesia.


Tents to house asylum seekers for up to six months



Kirrin McKechnie – ABC Online

Asylum seekers sent to Nauru will be housed in tents for up to six months, with the Federal Government revealing that permanent structures will not be ready before then.


PM’s asylum-seeker policy fails to deter boats



Michael Bachelard – Brisbane Times

Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan are still arriving in Indonesia en route to Australia despite the Gillard government's ''no advantage'' policy and the introduction of processing on Nauru.


Sexualisation of Society



Name, shame sex fiend laws to be passed in State Parliament today



Peter Rolfe – Herald Sun

Laws designed to encourage judges to name and shame serious sex offenders will today be introduced in State Parliament.