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

Defeated anti-abortion group unlikely to give up


Andrew Stern - Reuters





Members of the anti-abortion "personhood" movement, dealt a sound defeat by voters in conservative Mississippi last week, are vowing to push on with their state-by-state campaign to have life declared as beginning at conception. Warriors on both sides of the decades-long U.S. battle over abortion say personhood may have little chance of success even as the group's members gather petition signatures from Ohio to Oregon to try to get voter referendums on to 2012 ballots.










Drugs & Alcohol

Parents monitor schoolies students on drug use


AAP





Teenagers attending schoolies events in NSW have more than police drug busts to fear, with parents now buying up special chemical wipes to secretly monitor if their kids are users. Called Drug Guard, the wipes can detect traces of cannabis, ecstasy and other drugs simply by being exposed to wallets or mobile phones. With schoolies week - the annual frenzy of grog-fuelled revelling - just around the corner, an Australian company says parents are snapping up the home drug testing kits.










Education

Gillard wields big stick in education

Maralyn Parker - The Daily Telegraph





Perhaps the best arguments for getting rid of state governments can be found in our schools. The federal government is taking over all the big decisions around schooling -- from funding to what will be taught, and how schools should be run -- while the NSW state government fusses over things like exactly how many minutes of school time should be made available to volunteers for the teaching of scripture.










Teachers fall into Facebook trap

Evonne Barry - Herald Sun





One in six school teachers is making "friends" with their students online, despite warnings Facebook can spell professional disaster. A global study has found while educators are increasingly wary of social networking, thousands are still falling into the trap. And the online risks include "cyber baiting", where teachers are taunted so their reaction can be filmed and posted online.










Environment

Winds of change for new energy investment


David Wroe - SMH





Australia's gradual shift away from coal and towards cleaner energy has begun, government figures released yesterday showed, with nearly half of new energy investment being in wind, hydro and solar projects. The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics reported that new wind farms alone made up 41 per cent of the new energy investment either begun or committed in the year to October.










Gambling

Bookmaker 'unaware' of law suit


Ben Butler - SMH





The bookmaker who runs internet gambling for four AFL clubs is under attack in the courts, through separate legal actions lodged by the Australian Tax Office and mining magnate Nathan Tinkler. The Tax Office claimed in a lawsuit filed with the Federal Court in Melbourne earlier this month that the Northern Territory-registered Betezy owed about $160,000 in tax and should be wound up because it was insolvent.










Homelessness

Homeless moved on from CBD for Obama's visit


Emma Masters - ABC





An organisation which assists Aboriginal people in Darwin say homeless people are being asked to move away from areas the US President will visit. The Larrakia Nation's chief executive Ilana Eldrige says homelessness is an issue the local and international community needs to address.










Human Rights

We have got it wrong over criminals' human rights, admit judges


Telegraph (UK)





Two of the country’s most senior judges last night called for fundamental reform of human rights law, warning that British courts have gone too far in following European rules. Lord Phillips, president of the Supreme Court, acknowledged that judges may have made mistakes by preventing some foreign criminals from being deported because their human rights were at risk.










Inquiry weighs law to end racial vilification

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian





A new "multicultural act" that would contain laws to curtail racial vilification is being considered by the government inquiry into the nation's acceptance of culturally diverse communities. Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou, who chairs the inquiry, says the Australian system is failing to help new migrants and refugees at the front door, particularly by not providing adequate language tuition and failing to recognise migrants' qualifications.










Indigenous

Time frame mooted to address Indigenous eye woes


ABC





University of Melbourne researchers estimate it could take five years to close the gap in Indigenous eye health, if spending was increased. Researchers say Australia needs to allocate $100 million more over that time frame.




Politics

LNP leader Campbell Newman says no can-do to Bob Katter deal


Steven Wardill - The Courier-Mail





Campbell Newman has ruled out forming government with Bob Katter's Australian Party, even if it means returning Labor to power. The LNP leader yesterday insisted he did not want the Canberra minority government scenario coming to Queensland so there would no deals, regardless of the consequences. "The only concern I have for this state that I love is that we will end up with the same mess that we have in Canberra," he said.










Labor uneasy being green

Catherine Hockley and Mark Kenny - The Advertiser

Bob Brown was apopleptic. Last week his party was celebrating a "green-letter day" in Federal Parliament with the passing of the Gillard Government's carbon tax. By Tuesday, however, any tender feelings between Labor and the Greens had dissipated, with the Greens leader fuming over Prime Minister Julia Gillard's snap announcement to seek support to overturn Labor policy banning uranium sales to India.










Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistan: Christians suffer discrimination in prisons


Eva-Maria Kolmann - Aid to the church in need





The Catholic lawyer Moazzam Aslam Bhatti, who works in Faisalabad, has told the international Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), that Christian prisoners in Pakistani gaols are subject to particularly severe discrimination. He pointed out that Christians are marginalised and disadvantaged everywhere in Pakistani society, but their situation in the prisons is particularly precarious.










Rudd pledges aid to persecuted Iraq Christians

Brian Karlovsky - Local News





Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has made a rare appearance at Fairfield Heights to allay community concerns over the security of persecuted Christian minorities in Iraq. The former prime minister, along with his “longstanding friend”, McMahon MP Chris Bowen, met with leaders of the Assyrian, Caldean and Mandaean communities, at the Assyrian Sports and Culture Club last week.










How will gay marriage affect you?

nomblog

On May 9, 2011 Damian had it all: a loving wife, two small children, and a dream job he loved as a sportscaster, for the Canadian equivalent of ESPN. As the battle in New York over same-sex marriage heated up, Damian wrote a note stating his views on his own personal twitter account — to just 175 or so followers: "I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage."










Sexualisation of Society

Chloe Glassie wins Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search 2011


Staff writer - The Daily Telegraph





She's being hailed a Jessica Gomes-in-waiting - the latest raw runway talent unearthed by Australia's most successful modelling competition, the Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search. At 178cm tall but just 13-years-old, Chloe Glassie won the kickstart title that gave rise to the careers of such high-end Aussie catwalkers as Abbey Lee Kershaw and Miranda Kerr, saying she one day hopes to walk in the Victoria's Secret lingerie show like her predecessors










Other

Tesco funds Gay Pride but drops support for Cancer Research


Christian.org

Tesco has sparked outrage after dropping its support for the Cancer Research ‘Race for Life’, and announcing shortly after that it would now become a headline sponsor of Britain’s largest gay festival.