ACL in the news

Paris slaughter renews debate about Section 18C of Racial Discrimination Act


Australian Conservative



The murderous attack on the office of French magazine Charlie Hebdo has renewed the debate in Australia about Section 18C of the federal Racial Discrimination Act 1975.




Abortion

US: The Republican Party renews push to restrict abortion


Susan Davis - USA Today





Abortion and reproductive rights groups are readying for a renewed legislative fight in the new, GOP-controlled Congress. "The whole process is to go from defense to offense on this issue," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which opposes abortion rights




Classification

Ad watchdog rules AMI ad too sexual for radio


Mumbrella



The ad watchdog has ruled against a radio ad for the Advanced Medical Institute (AMI) after ruling its sexualised content was not appropriate for the medium and did not treat the issue of sex with sensitivity to the relevant audience.




Drugs & Alcohol

Qld man dead after one drag of fake pot


AAP



A Queensland man who died of suspected poisoning took only one draw of a synthetic cannabis joint before falling unconscious. Two men, aged 33 and 41, have died in Mackay in the past two days after smoking "Full Moon" synthetic cannabis, sold at adult stores and over the internet.




Environment

Qld Labor to spend $100 million on reef


News Ltd



Queensland Labor has promised $100 million to help protect the Great Barrier Reef, but can't specifically say what the money will be used for.




Euthanasia

Euthanasia activists use Robin Williams’ suicide to promote assisted suicide


Wesley J. Smith - Life News



The Humanist has an article out promoting assisted suicide as a “choice.” issue that should be available for anyone with more than a transitory desire to die. The issue of death-on-demand–which lies at the heart of the euthanasia movement–is mostly avoided by the media and in policy discussions.




Health

Medicare changes: How doctors' anger and backlash from patients forced Government to scrap rebate cuts


Sophie Scott - ABC



As crisis meetings were being held in doctors' surgeries across Australia about how to deal with the new Medicare rebate changes, the news came that the new Health Minister Sussan Ley was scrapping the changes.




Senate tackles issue of young people in aged care

Linda Belardi - Australian Ageing Agenda



The Liberal Senator who has initiated a Senate inquiry into the issue of young people with disabilities living in aged care says she hopes it will give younger people and their families a voice. Linda Reynolds said the issue of young people in aged care had “struck a chord” and she would like to see the inquiry deliver a strong report focused on “innovative and more flexible arrangements” for this group, as well as individualised support.




Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness advocates say complaints show need for better support services


The Guardian



Melbourne residents’ complaints about unsightliness and poor hygiene of people sleeping rough highlight need for compassion, says Council of Homeless Persons.




Indigenous

Australia Day celebrations to feature Aboriginal dancers


SBS



This year, Australia Day commemorations will include an indigenous ceremony on the flight deck of the newly commissioned HMAS Canberra as it manoeuvres into Sydney Harbour's Farm Cove. Historically January 26th hasn't been a happy day for all in the indigenous community, with the day being labelled by some Aboriginal Australians both as 'Invasion day' and 'Survival day'.




Indigenous nations demand to be heard 'loud and clear' on Murray-Darling Basin management practices

Gavin Coote - ABC



A coalition of traditional owners says management of the Murray-Darling Basin has failed the Aboriginal people, and is demanding an immediate re-think on how water's allocated. At Menindee in far west New South Wales, Ngiyaampaa elder Beryl Carmichael said the dwindling waters at the Darling River and Menindee Lakes is a blow to her cultural heritage.




Marriage

Could millennials change their views on same-sex marriage? What Ryan Anderson thinks.


Kelsey Harkness - Daily Signal



Have conservatives lost millennials in the marriage debate? A pro-traditional marriage panel speaking on issues of life, marriage and religious liberty was challenged with that question yesterday at Heritage Action’s 2015 Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.




Politics

UK: Show Up: we need God’s vision for the future of politics

Gillan Scott - Archbishop Cranmer blog



Just in case anyone wasn’t paying attention to Twitter yesterday, 'Christians in Politics' – which is the umbrella group of Christians on the Left, the Conservative Christian Fellowship and the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum and backed by the Bible Society - has launched a potentially significant campaign entitled 'Show Up'.




Qld election: The silence is deafening on policies to tackle domestic violence

James Farrell - New Matilda



With the Sunshine State set to go to the polls on January 31, none of the parties are talking about one of the big killers of women, writes James Farrell. When Queenslanders get off the beach and start to think about the upcoming election, there is a long list of issues that might influence their votes.




Prostitution & Trafficking

The high price of human trafficking


Elise Hilton - Acton Institute



Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity. The very fact of our being here to combine our efforts means that we want our strategies and areas of expertise to be accompanied and reinforced by the mercy of the Gospel, by closeness to the men and women who are victims of this crime.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Open Doors: Worst persecution yet to come


J.C. Derrick - World News Service



Open Doors, a group that advocates for persecuted Christians, unveiled its annual World Watch List ranking the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians. North Korea topped the list for the 13th straight year, but conditions worsened the most across Africa, where eight of 12 ranked countries moved up the list.




Attacks on Christian communities give rise to concerns of deteriorating religious freedom in India

Christian Today



Violence and persecution against Christians in India continue to escalate, as two communities in India were separately attacked on Sunday by non-Christian locals.




Other

Hillsong Christian music documentary pulled from Warner Bros schedule


Dave McNary - Variety



Warner Bros. has pulled the Christian music documentary “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” from its April 1 slot. The movie has been scheduled to open wordlwide on the pre-Easter date since last July, when Alcon Entertainment bought rights to movie. Easter Sunday is on April 5.