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.







 

 



Classification

Coalition zeroes in on cyber bullies


The Age – Richard Willingham





Protecting children and teens from the dangers of cyber-bullying will be a key focus of a new Coalition taskforce that was announced yesterday. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott distanced the Coalition from putting a controversial filter on the internet. The government is pushing to require internet service providers to adopt a blocking list managed by Interpol, a plan that is awaiting the outcome of a review of the Refused Classification scheme.










Education

Lifting kids' success level


Julia Gillard – The Australian





I am determined that Australia be a big winner in this century of economic growth in Asia. I understand that to succeed we need to win the race for better and better quality education.










Gambling

PM plays poor hand on issue of problem gambling


Mike Steketee – The Australian





Government, Julia Gillard said this week, was about getting things done. If only that were true, other than by exception. Meaningful poker machine reform is not going to get done, not by this government and not by the Abbott government likely to follow it.










Marriage

Pontification on gay marriage


Alan Austin – Online Opinion





Fair dinkum. Who would want to be pope? You know in advance every syllable you utter will be dissected, analysed and placed in its ecclesio-historical context. With that in mind you painstakingly compose a nuanced commentary on the world. Only to see it misinterpreted and pilloried. Again. Take this month’s speech to the ambassadors to the Holy See. Senior journalist with Reuters news agency Philip Pullella penned a reportheaded ‘Gay marriage a threat to humanity’s future: Pope’.










Politics

Shared values shine through the dark side of politics


Michelle Grattan – The Age





The violent demonstration near Canberra's Aboriginal tent embassy on Australia Day was confronting political ugliness. What made it so dramatic was the image of a Prime Minister - who tripped and lost a shoe - being literally dragged to safety by her security guard, with Tony Abbott behind. The fact that it was a woman PM made the image all the more graphic.










Rhiannon's secret rendezvous with 'agent-running KGB officers'

Christian Kerr – The Australian





A secret meeting was set up between now Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and the man identified as the KGB's station chief in Australia before she went on a lengthy 1970 overseas trip, declassified ASIO files reveal. Senator Rhiannon is the leading light of the Left of the Greens and a contender for the leadership of the party.










Other

Twitter to censor itself in some countries


AAP – Herald Sun





Social networking giant Twitter has refined its technology so it can censor messages on a country-by-country basis. The additional flexibility is likely to raise fears that the short-messaging company's commitment to free speech may be weakening.