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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Marriage

Europe-wide right to gay marriage being challenged in the courts


Michael Trimmer - Christian Today

Two cases that could lead to a pan-European legal right to same-sex marriage are being fought by the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ). The challenge from the ECLJ comes after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided last December to hear two sets of cases from Italy that both argue that gay marriage is a human right.


 

Overseas Aid

Gillard praises Abbott government in US


News Ltd

Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has praised the Abbott government for maintaining funding for a program designed to educate children in the world's poorest countries. Gillard, speaking in Washington DC on Monday at the Brookings Institution, said she was pleased the change of government in Australia did not lead to a cut in the financial support for the Global Partnership for Education


Politics

Parliament’s privileges committee to investigate Craig Thomson speech


The Australian

Parliarment's privileges committee will investigate whether former Labor MP Craig Thomson misled MPs over fraud allegations. Speaker Bronwyn Bishop today referred Thomson to the privileges committee to investigate whether he misled parliament during a speech in May 2012, when he denied allegations of misuse of a union credit card.


McKim leading state 'a fantasy'

The Examiner

Premier Lara Giddings says there is no danger of Greens leader Nick McKim taking her job on March 15. Responding to a new polling analysis conducted by psephologist Kevin Bonham that showed the Greens had a slim chance of picking up an extra two seats at the election, Ms Giddings said: "It's a fantasy."


Qld's bikie laws take aim at pedophiles

News Ltd

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman has accused Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie of targeting pedophiles to make the unpopular Vicious Lawless Disestablishment Act (VLAD) laws seem more favourable.


Refugees

G4S loses Australia contract after asylum seeker riot

Jamie Smyth - Financial Times

Australia has axed G4S, the British outsourcing and security company, as the lead contractor running its Manus Island detention centre for asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea, a week after an Iranian inmate was killed during a riot.


Asylum seekers Salima and Mamun Motiur say they opted for abortion in face of conditions in Nauru detention centre

Matt Wordsworth - ABC

A pregnant Rohingyan couple seeking asylum in Australia but transported to Nauru say the conditions are so bad there that they decided to get an abortion. The father says he and his wife made the decision to terminate the pregnancy because of the heat in the camp, the long waits for food and the poor state of facilities such as toilets.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Fringe venue Tuxedo Cat increases security after threats against Come Heckle Christ show
(Mentions ACL)

Patrick Mcdonald - The Advertiser

Security for the Fringe show Come Heckle Christ has been tightened, police will be standing by and the audience will be screened on the way in, after threats to the venue and the show’s performer Josh Ladgrove. Tuxedo Cat venue manager Cassandra Tombs said it had received phone and email threats about the show, which opens Thursday. Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton said that, while it had issued a statement questioning use of taxpayers’ money to “subsidise so-called art aimed at denigrating religion’’, it did not plan any further action.


Other

Higher calling: Pope summons George Pell for senior Vatican role

Tess Livingstone - The Australian

Pope Francis has appointed Australia’s Cardinal George Pell to one of the church’s most senior jobs in Rome. Cardinal Pell’s new position, as Prefect for the Economy for the Holy See and the Vatican, ranks on a par with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, an Italian, second behind the Pope in the church’s hierarchy.


Youth unemployment reaches crisis point, says Brotherhood of St Laurence

Aisha Dow and Chloe Booker - The Age

The number of young Australians out of work has reached ''crisis point'', as more 15 to 24-year-olds struggle to find jobs in the ripples of the global financial crisis. Welfare group the Brotherhood of St Laurence has identified new data that shows national youth unemployment grew by more than 3 per cent in six years to 12.4 per cent in the year to January.