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 Some occupy to protest, others to hamper, harangue and hurt
Occupy Melbourne was expelled from the City Square after just one week, but another group of protesters has targeted an East Melbourne footpath for more than 20 years. They are anti-abortion campaigners picketing the Fertility Control Clinic in Wellington Parade.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/some-occupy-to-protest-others-to-hamper-harangue-and-hurt-20111111-1nbn4.html#ixzz1dX3nPIDz
Bioethics – cloning & stem cell research
Children & Family – for kids sake, child abuse Mentor as anything - and Big Brother is watching you
SOME kids learn the harsh truth early on: families are not from storybooks, and friends are hard to come by when you are 11 years old and at sixes and sevens with the world. Just ask Shannon, who can't remember a time when it was easy.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/mentor-as-anything--and-big-brother-is-watching-you-20111112-1nd3i.html#ixzz1dX4FTRTi
Euthanasia Time for intelligent debate on euthanasia
A LIFE and living - the difference can be stark. When the former descends into the latter, when a quality existence becomes no more than the organic function of being alive, many would argue it is time to end life.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/editorial/time-for-intelligent-debate-on-euthanasia-20111112-1nco0.html#ixzz1dX59QrHAI want to go my own way
JANE CARO'S 80-year-old mother has plenty to live for: a happy marriage, a busy social calendar and six granddaughters. But the author and media commentator knows her mother is ''absolutely determined'' to end her life when she can no longer take care of herself.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/i-want-to-go-my-own-way-20111112-1nctj.html#ixzz1dX1lzj15Doctors form lobby for right to die with dignity
HUNDREDS of doctors have formed a coalition to support voluntary euthanasia and lobby state governments to decriminalise the practice.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/doctors-form-lobby-for-right-to-die-with-dignity-20111112-1ncth.html#ixzz1dX22dghpControversial euthanasia doctor in town
A CONTROVERSIAL doctor who runs workshops on euthanasia and assisted suicide for people who want to end their lives is holding a meeting in Eastbourne.http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/health/controversial_euthanasia_doctor_in_town_1_3237553
Gambling Don't block gambling payments, say banks
THE banks and the credit card company Visa have warned the federal government that any attempt to use the payments system to clamp down on internet gambling would be unworkable.http://www.smh.com.au/national/dont-block-gambling-payments-say-banks-20111112-1ncv3.html#ixzz1dX0pzNbD
Marriage – includes same-sex marriage A Labor conscience vote means gay marriage will eventually come to pass
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/a-labor-conscience-vote-means-gay-marriage-will-eventually-come-to-pass-20111112-1nd0l.html#ixzz1dX3TLXuM
Julia Gillard should let her party have a real debate on the issue. A FORTNIGHT from Thursday, a group of men and women will crowd into Sydney's shmickly renovated Trades Hall for a standing-room-only chat about political strategy.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/a-labor-conscience-vote-means-gay-marriage-will-eventually-come-to-pass-20111112-1nd0l.html#ixzz1dX3Lq1Qr
Overseas Aid Shot in arm breathes hope into lives of world's most vulnerable
By the time you reach the end of this article, nine children will have died of pneumonia. Despite its relative obscurity to most Australians as a 21st century problem, pneumonia is still the single leading cause of death globally for children under five.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/shot-in-arm-breathes-hope-into-lives-of-worlds-most-vulnerable-20111111-1nbn3.html#ixzz1dX4nRWwC
Prostitution Casino in prostitution investigation
THE illegal shuttling of prostitutes to The Star casino complex by known ''pimps'' is under investigation by a government review into the licence of the revamped casino.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/casino-in-prostitution-investigation-20111112-1ncv9.html#ixzz1dX1QwQ98
Malaysia plots laws against gays
TWO Malaysian states are considering passing laws that could punish gay Muslims and gay rights supporters with prison sentences. "Homosexuality is against Islam. Men should look for women, not men. So that's why we don't want to follow this activity promoted by Western countries," Mohamad Ali Rustam, chief minister of southern Malacca state said.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/malaysia-plots-laws-against-gays/story-e6frf7lf-1226193459783