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

UK: Feminists fight like girls when it comes to sex-selective abortion


Cramer blog





Let us not kid one another. Although the approach of the Director of Public Prosecutions toward sex-selective abortion is equally applicable to boys or girls - and to the gay or transgendered too, in the unlikely event of a genetic component being identified - the vast majority of the children butchered and sent down the sluice will be little girls.














Bioethics

Company seeks to make sperm banks safer


Carolyn Y. Johnson - Boston Globe





Anne Morriss’s first step toward starting a company to test the DNA of women and their prospective sperm donors began with a question so surreal she could barely make sense of it. A voice on the phone asked whether her baby boy, just a few days old and sleeping peacefully in the next room, was still alive.




















Classification

Cricket body accused of censorship over ads


Amy Corderoy - Sydney Morning Herald







Cricket Australia has refused to run an advertisement telling fans that ''alcohol and sport don't mix'' on the grounds it thinks they mix perfectly well.














Drugs & Alcohol

Ice deaths skyrocket over past two years, Victorian coroner says


Jeff Waters - ABC





The number of deaths from the use of methamphetamine, the drug known as ice, has more than doubled in two years in Victoria, new figures show.




Grieving father gives personal warning about buying drugs online

Lisa Whitehead - Australian Broadcasting Corporation







The father of a young man who died from an overdose after taking drugs bought online wants to warn others about the dangers of accessing drugs from websites.










Education

Billionaire Andrew Forrest donates biggest ever grant to UWA


Jennifer Hewett - SMH



Mining tycoon Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola have decided to give $65 million to university research – the largest ever single donation of its kind – in a coup for the University of Western Australia.
















Euthanasia

Last-minute bid to secure support for voluntary euthanasia


ABC





Supporters of the voluntary euthanasia bill have made last minute pleas to Tasmanian MPs, ahead of a conscience vote in state parliament this week. MPs will have a conscience vote on this issue this week and it is likely to dominate the last three weeks of state parliament before next year's election.












Gambling

Odds stacked against gamblers from the start, and the more you play, the bigger the loser


Mark Maremont - The Australian





The casino ads tantalise with the lure of riches, but how often do gamblers really win? What are the chances that a gambler will win on a single day or over a longer period? Don't bother to ask the casinos. Although they gather vast quantities of data about their customers for marketing purposes, including win and loss tallies for many regulars, casinos keep such information a closely guarded secret.










New casinos to lure Asian tourists to Qld

Nine MSN





It's Viva BrisVegas as Queensland unveils plans for up to three new mega casinos in a bid to rake in high-rolling Asian tourists. Premier Campbell Newman has called for expressions of interest for a second Brisbane casino as part of a redevelopment of the government precinct.






Fears Qld Government's new casino licences will 'rip families apart'

Jesse Dorsett - ABC





There is anger in the community sector at the Queensland Government's decision to offer up to three new casino licences. Under the plan, more than a third of Australia's casinos will be in Queensland.














Cheltenham community to oppose SA Jockey Club pokies bill

Ken McGregor - Weekly Times





Residents and community leaders say they will fight a bill aimed at making it easier for the SA Jockey Club to set up pokies in the St Clair housing development. Opposition Gambling spokesman Iain Evans has drafted new legislation which would allow the club to apply for a transfer of its licence from the Lucky Horseshoe, on Torrens Rd, to a new venue planned as part of the St Clair housing development on Cheltenham Pde.














Homelessness & Poverty

Poverty report finds disadvantaged likely to be women, Indigenous and unwell


ABC





A 10-year study has found Australia's most disadvantaged are more likely to be women, Indigenous, and have health problems. To coincide with national poverty week, researchers at the University of Canberra have released a study which tracked 900 people for a decade, who were identified as marginalised in 2001.


















Indigenous

PM orders review of Indigenous training


PS News





Western Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest is to chair a Government review of Indigenous training and employment. The review will provide recommendations to ensure Indigenous training and employment services are targeted and administered to connect unemployed Indigenous people with real and sustainable jobs.














Marriage

Explainer: can the Commonwealth override the ACT on marriage equality?


Anne Twomey - The Conversation





The ACT’s Marriage Equality Bill, which is expected to pass parliament later this month, has revived the controversy about who can legislate for same-sex marriage, with the Commonwealth proposing to challenge the territory’s law. Despite some bravura statements on both sides, most recognise that the issues are not cut and dried. It all comes down to matters of interpretation, and the interpretation that counts is that of the High Court – not the politicians or lobbyists.






Gay marriage 'unholy union'

Mitchell Nadin - The Australian







Even if marriage was extended to the gay community, Sydney Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies says it would be contrary to God's law and should be described as "unholy matrimony". Dr Davies admitted "agitation for so-called gay marriage" would not "easily disappear", but reinforced the church's opposition.
















Politics

Tanya Plibersek elected deputy Labor leader


Judith Ireland - Canberra Times





Tanya Plibersek has been elected deputy Opposition Leader in a Labor caucus meeting in Canberra. Former finance minister Penny Wong has also been elected Labor's Senate leader, the position she briefly held under Kevin Rudd's reformed government.








Parliament to sit over four weeks in 2013

AAP









Parliament is likely to be recalled in a month's time, with four sitting weeks before Christmas. AAP understands the 44th Parliament will first sit on November 12, with the Tuesday sitting a largely ceremonial affair.












Refugees

Experts want new approach to refugees


AAP





Australia should shift its focus from deterring asylum seekers to finding a regional solution that protects refugees, a panel of international legal and migration experts has recommended. A report from the Colloquium on Refugees, Regionalism and Responsibility calls on the federal government to adopt a more compassionate approach.










792,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UN

Zee News





The UN refugee agency said Saturday that more than 13,800 Syrian refugees registered at its offices in Lebanon this week, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in the country to 792,900.










Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistan Christians threatened after mourning suicide attack victims; Pastor detained


BosNewsLife Asia Service





A Pakistani Christian family was hiding Sunday, October 13, after allegedly receiving death threats for protesting against twin suicide attacks at a historic church in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, in which their friends were killed. In total at least 171 people died and some 150 people were injured in the September blasts at Peshawar's All Saints Church, officials said.












Archbishop condemns slaughter of Middle Eastern Christians, calls for Christian leaders to unite

Christian Post News





Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Antoine Shedrawi, the Metropolitan of Mexico and Central America, condemned the daily killing and harassment of Christians during a visit this week to the Maronite patriarch of Lebanon, Mar Bechara el-Rahi. Christians of the Middle East are "indigenous people," said the archbishop, adding that they would defend their land until the "last drop of their blood." He said that they have also raised their voices in Mexico to highlight the situation of Christians in the Middle East.






Remembering Egypt's Maspero massacre through its most prominent martyr

Jayson Casper - Christianity Today





I never met Mina Daniel, but today many in Egypt consider him a hero and a martyr. Recently, I met his sister. Two years ago this week, the 20-year-old Daniel was gunned down during a peaceful Coptic protest outside the Maspero state TV headquarters in downtown Cairo on October 9, 2011. More than 25 others died and scores were injured by military vehicles swerving through the crowded demonstration, or by local thugs who attacked the scattering remnants. To this date, only a few low-level officers have been handed sentences, ranging from two to three years in prison.












Sexualisation of Society

Cadet found guilty in Skype scandal allegedly involved in another ADFA drama


Christopher Knaus - The Canberra Times





A man who secretly filmed sex and streamed it to his peers over Skype was allegedly involved in another ADFA bastardisation scandal earlier this year, a court has heard. The ACT Supreme Court has been told internal investigators are looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual acts by members of a group named “Love of My Life”, who have been suspended from ADFA.














Other

Teacher pleads guilty to having sexual intercourse with partner's 10-year-old daughter to make child pornography

Tessa Akerman - The Advertiser





An Adelaide schoolteacher has appeared before the District Court charged with producing child pornography. The teacher, 37, pleaded guilty in the District Court to four counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under 14 years and one aggravated count of producing child pornography.
















Gay porn star found Christ after near-death experience

Amy Macmillan - Christian Today





Joseph Sciambra Former gay porn star Joseph Sciambra was once consumed by an insatiable appetite for sex but after experiencing only pain and unfulfilment, he rediscovered his childhood faith and has since written a book called "Swallowed by Satan" about his experience of the gay underworld of the early 90s.