The ACL compiles a daily media monitoring services of stories of interest relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. See here to read what's in the news today.

 
 






Abortion
Only 1 in 7 obstetrician-gynaecologists now perform abortions, survey finds

Denise Mann - HealthDay Reporter


The percentage of obstetrician-gynaecologists performing abortions in the United States dropped to 14 percent from 22 percent in 2008, a new survey shows. But the latest numbers, to be published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, don't necessarily paint an accurate picture of abortion in contemporary America, according to those on both sides of the abortion debate.






Classification
Time for parents to take charge as Facebook ferals leave teens scarred

Susie O'Brien - Herald Sun


Parents are urged to set strict time limits on their children's use of Facebook, amid revelations it is making young users moody, angry and withdrawn. Children are becoming so traumatised by their online social interactions that new resilience classes for Facebook users are now being run in Melbourne.






Drugs & Alcohol
Drug injecting centre sought

Peta Fuller - Courier Mail


Community groups want medically supervised injecting centres to be put back on the agenda for the Fortitude Valley area. Queensland Intravenous AIDS Association president Danielle Coade said the organisation would support one, especially in the Fortitude Valley precinct.





Education
Students who pass on religion win fight

Jewel Topsfield - The Age


Parents have claimed a victory in the dispute over teaching religion in schools, with the Education Department changing controversial guidelines so that students who opt out of the classes must now be given meaningful activities.






Gambling
Pokie kings have slots to be happy about

Colin Kruger - SMH


Poker machine maker Ainsworth Game Technology pipped its cross-town rival, Aristocrat Leisure, yesterday with its second profit upgrade this year.



Homelessness
Homelessness study shows why current system isn't working

HealthCanal


A study that compares two groups of people who are chronically homeless has shown the shortfalls of the current system in getting people out of long-term homelessness. Twelve months into a three year pilot project, the study compares 40 participants who are receiving intense, long-term support with 43 people using existing homelessness services.





Marriage
Gay abandon no way to run
Piers Akerman – The Daily Telegraph


If there was any question of the Greens' detachment from the realities faced by most Australians, it should be laid to rest with the party's obsession with homosexual marriage.





Survey shows gay marriage opposition
Laura Hegarty and Josh Bavas - ABC


A survey of residents in Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast in southern Queensland has revealed almost 98 per cent of people are against same-sex marriage.





Gay marriage is no big deal in Grayndler
The Daily Telegraph


"Sure, gay marriage is an important issue but it shouldn't be top of the priority list for the government." That was the sentiment yesterday - at least on the streets of Marrickville - after federal Labor MPs joined the Greens in three-hour talk-fest about overturning a ban on same-sex marriage. Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese is one of the MPs who supports gay marriage - and so do many of his constituents. But they think valuable time is being wasted when there are more pressing issues.





Same-sex marriage debate must not be shut down
The Australian


Some Australians agree with Bob Katter that same-sex marriage is laughable. Others agree with the MP's half-brother, Carl, that marriage should not be restricted to partners of opposite gender. Fair-minded people would be united, however, in believing both Katters should have their say.






Religious Persecution
House church leaders in Inner Mongolia, Ningixa criminally detained

Jeremy Reynalds - ASSIST News Service


Fifteen house church leaders from two remote regions of China have been in detention since mid-July. According to a news release from the ChinaAid Association, during this period local police have tried to extort money from their families with promises of their release once the money has been paid, and threats of labor camp sentences or criminal prosecution if it is not.





Refugees
Refugee unrest in Malaysia after deportation bungle

Kirsty Needham - SMH


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia has admitted thousands of refugees have been incorrectly issued letters by the Malaysian government marked ''return to home country'', raising widespread fears of deportation. The Refugee Convention principle of ''non-refoulement'', and Malaysia's commitment that 800 refugees from Australia would not be returned to the country from which they fled, underpin the federal government's defence to a High Court challenge to the Malaysia deal.





Asylum seekers bill racks up $20 million
Simon Benson and Gemma Jones - The Daily Telegraph


More than $20 million has been spent on legal fees for asylum seekers in the past year, with the cost expected to hit $26 million in 2012. The taxpayer-funded service providing legal advice and help with visa applications spends about $175,000 on every boat that hits Australian waters.





Sexualisation of Society
ADF sex probe extended due to flood of complaints

ABC


An official report into sexual abuse allegations within the Australian Defence Force has had its deadline extended because of the sheer volume of complaints. More than 1,000 allegations of abuse have been received since news of a webcam sex scandal at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra broke in April.