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.







 



 



Children & Family



 



Middle-class tax justice goes out the window



BY:ANGELA SHANAHAN  The Australian



The feminist-led push for getting more women into the workforce ... has opted for a system that rewards only women who workhttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/middle-class-tax-justice-goes-out-the-window/story-e6frgd0x-1226274083291



 

Indigenous suicide rate tackled



Russell Skelton The Age


IN A move to combat the high indigenous suicide rate, prevention programs will be strictly audited and required to be more transparent in the way they operate.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/indigenous-suicide-rate-tackled-20120217-1ter3.html



Gambling



 

Women at greater danger from pokies, report finds



Jason Dowling


THE number of women gambling is increasing and ease of access to poker machines is a key factor in producing problem gambling in women, new government funded research has found.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/women-at-greater-danger-from-pokies-report-finds-20120217-1ter6.html



 

Clubs to support pokie test



Richard Willingham The Age


THE government is a step closer to securing a trial of poker machine reforms in the ACT after a meeting of local clubs agreed, in principle, to support a year-long test of a scheme that would force punters to preset how much they are willing to lose.http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/clubs-to-support-pokie-test-20120216-1tbwt.html



Human Rights



 

Twitter sued over Hardy tweet



Michelle Griffin The Age


TWITTER is being sued for defamation for the first time under Australian law.

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/twitter-sued-over-hardy-tweet-20120216-1tbxz.html



Freedom of conscience at risk in USA



Mishka Góra -  Online Opinion



There is a word for what is happening in the United States at the moment, and that word is totalitarianism.



http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=13252



Religious leaders unite against pill plan



The World Today ABC North America correspondent Jill Colgan



 



Religious leaders from multiple faiths have united in an unprecedented show of strength against US president Barack Obama's healthcare plan to ensure all women have access to birth control.



http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-17/religious-leaders-unite-against-pill-plan/3836440



 



Marriage



 



Is there ever a good divorce?



OPINION SMH



 



New research from sociology professor Paul Amato says children always suffer.



 



The academic - Patrick Parkinson



FOR decades, people have been told in the popular media that a ''good divorce'' is better for children than an unhappy marriage. Yet the evidence has been mounting for years that for many children, this is simply not so



http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/is-there-ever-a-good-divorce-20120217-1teeu.html



 



Politics



Kevin Rudd marches towards Labor leadership challenge



·         BY:DENNIS SHANAHAN AND SID MAHER  The Australian 



KEVIN Rudd is prepared to challenge Julia Gillard as prime minister next month, before the Queensland election and the federal budget parliamentary session.



http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/kevin-rudd-marches-towards-labor-leadership-challenge/story-fn59niix-1226274289396



 

War looms as PM's loyalists turn on Rudd



Peter Hartcher, Phillip Coorey SMH


 



SOME cabinet ministers have begun lobbying for caucus votes in support of the Prime Minister, criticising Kevin Rudd and betraying anxiety that he is gaining support.

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/war-looms-as-pms-loyalists-turn-on-rudd-20120217-1teic.html



Campbell Newman ready to rout Anna Bligh as Newspoll shows big lead



·         BY:MICHAEL MCKENNA, QUEENSLAND POLITICAL EDITOR The Australian



CAMPBELL Newman has extended the Liberal National Party's commanding lead over Labor in Queensland, and enters the state election campaign on track to inflict a savage defeat on the Bligh government.



http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elections/campbell-newman-ready-to-rout-anna-bligh-as-newspoll-shows-commanding-lead/story-fnbsqt8f-1226274294804



 



Refugees

Supporters dismiss claim of red carpet for refugees



Kirsty Needham


 



CHURCH leaders, health and charity groups have joined the federal government in condemning claims that conditions for asylum seekers living in flats and houses as part of community detention are ''luxurious''.



http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/supporters-dismiss-claim-of-red-carpet-for-refugees-20120217-1tebm.html