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

California bucks trend on abortion restrictions


Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times





At a time when other states are moving to restrict abortion services, California Democrats have pushed through two new laws that will permit nonphysicians such as midwives to perform abortion procedures in the first 12 weeks and will loosen building standards for abortion clinics.














Children & Family

Kids in California can now legally have three parents


The Christian Institute





Children in California can now legally have three parents under a new law which critics have branded a “Trojan horse for the same sex marriage agenda”. The new legislation is designed to cover situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.
















Drugs & Alcohol

Death by doctor shopping: how prescription drugs killed Nathan Attard


Rachel Olding - SMH





He died a lonely death in his Redfern apartment. Nathan Attard was 34, an alcoholic, depressed, dependent on cannabis, racked with anxiety and paranoia and the subject of 52 police reports, including one for smashing an axe into his neighbour's front door.
















Education

Twiggy's $65m gift highlights philanthropy's role


Julie Power - SMH





Can a $150 donation have as much impact as the $65 million gift – the largest single donation of its kind – that Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest will make to the University of Western Australia? The only answer is: we'll see.
















Euthanasia

McKim's last-ditch effort for bill support


Rosemay Bolger - The Examiner





Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim is hitting the phones in a last ditch effort to secure support for a bid to legalise voluntary euthanasia, with at least one backbencher wavering. Mr McKim said yesterday the result of Thursday's vote on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, co-sponsored with Premier Lara Giddings, will come down to one or two votes. He said he had been making phone calls to his colleagues yesterday and would continue discussions today.












Gambling

Queensland tourism 'bleak' without casino vision: Campbell Newman


Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times





Premier Campbell Newman has predicted a “bleak” tourism outlook for the state if it doesn't embrace the integrated resort and casino vision his government has put forward. Together with his deputy Jeff Seeney, Mr Newman announced up to three additional casino licences would be offered by the government – to developers who had the vision to create landmark tourism attractions.












What are the odds new casinos lead to social harm?

Francis Markham - The Conversation





A new wave of casino liberalisation is sweeping Australia. The Queensland state government has announced that it is seeking expressions of interest for a casino development in Brisbane, and that it is considering offering two further licenses. This move was foreshadowed in May last year, when it was announced that government’s “master plan” for Brisbane might include another casino, after years of lobbying for casino expansion by Echo Entertainment and James Packer.














Health

AIDS campaign urges Canberra students to cover it


ABC





Condoms are being handed out to tertiary students in Canberra as part of a new AIDS awareness campaign. The number of HIV cases per year has doubled in the ACT in the past decade.












Homelessness & Poverty

Is Australia becoming comfortable with inequality?


Kasy Chambers - ABC





In Anti-Poverty Week, Kasy Chambers asks if changing methods for delivering assistance to vulnerable Australians risk leaving the most needy behind. In Australia we seem to be increasingly comfortable with the idea that people can be left behind.












Indigenous

Giles wants answers on misuse of funds claims


ABC





NT Chief Minister Adam Giles says he is going to have another look at what action Northern Territory Police took over the alleged misuse of funds by an Aboriginal organisation.












Marriage

Will the ACT's marriage equality bill survive a High Court challenge?


ABC





A battle is brewing between the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth over same-sex marriage. The ACT Government plans to pass its Marriage Equality Bill 2013 before the end of the year. The Federal Government says once this happens it will ask the High Court to overturn the law.














Tas Same-sex marriage debate delay

Ben McKay - The Examiner





The return of same-sex marriage to the parliamentary agenda may have to wait until later this month. Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest pledged to bring the issue back to the Legislative Council following elections in May which changed the Council's composition and the federal election last month which clarified the federal government's approach.
















Politics

Tony Abbott primed for a double dissolution on carbon pricing


Mark Kenny - SMH







Tony Abbott will have the first half of a constitutional trigger for a double-dissolution election in place by Christmas, after announcing plans to present his carbon price repeal legislation this year. The move keeps open the chances of another election in the first half of 2014 if the eight bill package is rejected in December as expected and then rejected a second time by a hostile Senate in March or April.


















Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

International sex trafficking - Korea's open secret


Kim Young-jin, Kim Jae-won - Korea Times





By the time Lee, a 30-year-old Korean sex worker in Melbourne, called for help in 2010, she’d been forced into prostitution in two foreign countries and piled up a huge amount of debt. She says loan sharks, bar managers and even clothing shop owners in Busan conspired to induce her to borrow $20,000. They sent her to brothels in Japan and Australia, where she was forced to have sex with up to 10 clients a day.
















Refugees

Plibersek torn on asylum seeker issue


AAP





Tanya Plibersek's view on refugees and migrants is shaped by a deeply personal experience, but that doesn't mean the deputy Labor leader will be soft on asylum-seeker policy.










Religious Freedom & Persecution

European Parliament calls on Iran to release Pastor Saeed Abedini and other prisoners of conscience


European Centre for Law and Justice





The European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) applauds the European Parliament for raising the issue of Christian persecution in a resolution and calling on Iran to “exonerate and immediately release Saeed Abedini and all others individuals held or charged on account of their religion”.


















Sexualisation of Society

Bali’s gigolos, carefree sex industry lead to HIV crisis


Charlie Campbell - Time





Tanned, lean and looking for fun — Bali’s Kuta Cowboys are the stuff of many a titillated travel article and scandalized email home. These affable playboys spend the day hawking sodas and surfing lessons, but also offer a sideline in romance to the throngs of foreign single women who come each year to this tropical Indonesian island in search of emotional, and corporeal, rejuvenation.
















Other

No recourse for girls harassed by transgender student


CBNNews





The push for radical transgender rights in schools is trumping privacy rights at one Colorado high school. A male student at Florence High School who claims to be a transgender has been harrassing girls in the bathroom. When parents complained, school officials said the boy's rights as a transgender trumped their daughters' privacy rights.














Bikies-only prison planned under new Queensland laws

ABC





The Queensland Government says elements of new anti-bikie laws will also apply to paedophilia rings. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has just introduced the legislation into State Parliament for debate, having already revealed plans for a bikie-only prison.