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

US abortions fall to 40-year low


AFP

The number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, pointing to more contraception use rather than increased restrictions on access to the procedure. In 2011, an estimated 16.9 abortions were carried out per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 44 - 1.1 million in absolute terms.


China's sacrificed children: We can't pretend we didn't know

Melinda Tankard Reist - ABC

Gong Qifeng was seven months pregnant with her second son when she was pinned onto a hospital table in Hunan, China, and forcibly aborted as she begged for mercy. The dead baby was born after 35 hours of agony. "It has become a mental pain. I feel like a walking corpse," Gong told AP last month.


Classification

The Outdoor Media Association rejects government regulation of outdoor advertising


Mumbrella

The Outdoor Media Association is opposing government regulation of outdoor advertising saying the recommendations made to the Queensland government based on the Inquiry into sexually explicit outdoor advertising “will have serious implications for advertisers”.


'Come Heckle Christ' Adelaide Fringe show to continue despite push to have to cancelled

Dianne Mattsson - The Advertiser

Despite a continuing onslaught of calls for the cancellation of a one-man improvisational Come Heckle Christ Fringe event, the festival organisers are standing firm, saying "freedom of speech is what the Fringe is all about".


Drugs & Alcohol

Cleaning up the mess of alcohol fuelled violence


Gabrielle Burke - ABC

Lance Mergard from Chaplain Watch spends his weekends cleaning up the mess of alcohol-fuelled violence in Brisbane's popular nightclub precinct in Fortitude Valley.


Education

$70m plan to make schools independent


AAP



Principals will have more power to choose their staff under a $70 million plan to help a quarter of Australia's public schools become independent by 2017. Under the plan, the federal government will pump funds to train school principals and leadership boards to become "independent-ready" by 2017.


Gambling

NRL considers game-day phone ban: report


AAP

Rugby league players reportedly might have their mobile phones confiscated on game day as part of the biggest NRL crackdown on gambling security in the game's history.


Indigenous

Indigenous over-represented in suicide rates: Mental Health Commissioner


ABC

The outgoing Mental Health Commissioner says the state's Indigenous population is over-represented in the suicide rate. Last week, the Productivity Commission released a review into the nation's health sector as part of its report on government services.


Marriage

Scotland: Concern over same-sex marriage


Press Association

More than 50 ministers and church officials have written to the government to express their "deep concern" over a planned law allowing same-sex couples to marry. The Scottish Parliament is currently considering the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, with MSPs meeting tomorrow to discuss the proposed legislation.


Refugees

Turn-back policy 'will stop the boats', says people smuggler


Jessica Wright - SMH

A convicted people smuggler believes the Abbott government's hard-line policy of turning back the boats is working as a deterrent for both people smugglers and those seeking passage by boat to Australia. Dawood Amiri spoke to Fairfax Radio's Neil Mitchell by phone from his jail cell in an Indonesian prison and claimed corrupt Indonesian police, immigration officials and navy personnel were aiding and profiting from the people smuggling trade.