ACL in the news

National Sonia Smith takes up fight against the ‘regressives’


Rachel Baxendale - The Australian



The Nationals candidate for the central Victorian state seat of Buninyong may be tracking to pick up 6 per cent of the vote, according to the most recent seat-specific poll, but no one can tell her she won’t win.




Abortion

'Zoe's law' bill lapses, closing controversial chapter


James Robertson - SMH



The end of NSW's 55th parliament has closed a controversial chapter concerning "Zoe's law", a bill that would have declared unborn children "legal persons", which many feared could presage restrictions on abortion.




Victorian election 2014: Anti-abortion DLP candidate Mark Farrell could control state's Upper House

Dan Conifer and Jessica Tapp - ABC



The abortion debate could be revived in the Victorian Parliament if a pro-life candidate claims control of the Upper House after next week's state election.




US: Bill would require ultrasound before abortion

Dave Boucher - Tennessean



A bill requiring women to receive an ultrasound before they can receive an abortion was filed this week, the first move to create new abortion regulations since the passage of a constitutional amendment earlier this month.




Children & Family

Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield warns young brains being re-wired by digital technology


Gary Rivett - ABC



The use of digital technologies is reshaping human brains and the impact on young people must be considered by their parents and educators, a neuroscientist warns.




Classification

Wicked Campers in hot water again over van featuring offensive slogan and covered in pictures of male genitalia


Daily Mail



Wicked Campers is in hot water again four months after the company promised to remove offensive slogans and art work from its vehicles.




A dumb use for a smart phone

Karl D. Stephan - Mercator Net



The new social media app Yik Yak is engineered for disaster.




Drugs & Alcohol

Men with alleged Rebels bikie gang links arrested up in raids that also net ecstasy, cocaine and cash


The Daily Telegraph



Four men with alleged links to the Rebels bikie gang have been arrested following an investigation into the large-scale supply of ecstasy pills in southwest Sydney. Following the arrests in Casula, Hinchinbrook, Leppington and Liverpool today police say they found a large amount of MDMA pills and cocaine and more than $100,000 in cash.




Tas govt rejects cannabis recommendation

AAP



The Tasmanian government has rejected the recommendation of an interim parliamentary report calling for the immediate decriminalisation of medicinal cannabis.




'Sickening' attack on bus driver not uncommon: union

ABC



The Transport Workers Union says a sickening attack on a bus driver at Raymond Terrace this week is not an isolated incident. A 28-year-old man faced court yesterday charged with several offences, including assault, after a bus driver was punched and had a full bottle of alcohol broken over his head on Wednesday night.




Environment

Climate pledge is hot air


Keith DeLacy - On Line Opinion



The Chinese president agreed to do nothing, and the US president to do nothing of which he was capable.




Indigenous

Government Indigenous suicide prevention programs are a failure, NT elder David Cole says


Sue Lannin - ABC



The $25 billion state and federal governments spend each year on Aboriginal programs has failed to stem high rates of youth suicide, an Indigenous elder from the Northern Territory says.




Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Productivity Commission report identifies mixed results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

ABC



Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says the Productivity Commission report on Indigenous wellbeing is a "call to arms for every Australian".




Marriage

The hidden sweetness of marriage


Zoe Romanowsky - Aleteia



Through good times and bad, the union of man and woman can transform lives.




Politics

US: 11 for 11


CitizenLink



Conservative values got some big wins in the mid-term elections, especially at the federal level. But what you may not know is that CitizenLink worked in conjunction with some of our 38 family policy councils to bring victory for pro-family candidates at the state level as well. One of those groups, the Pennsylvania Family Council, made the decision to get involved in 11 state house races. All 11 house candidates were successful!




Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Most male sex workers in Australia get clients from online escort sites, not on streets


International Business Times



Information technology has also benefited male sex trade workers in Australia. Most of them get clients from online dating sites, unlike some of their female counterparts who still walk the streets to find customers.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Prince Charles condemns ISIS persecution of Christians as ‘The most soul destroying tragedy’


Inquisitr



Prince Charles has spoken out about what he coined the “soul destroying tragedy” of Christian persecution at the hands of ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, in Syria and Iraq.




Other

E-voting ruled out by parliamentary committee


Katina Curtis - WA Today



Australians won't be using computers to vote in federal elections any time soon. That's because it's still not as secret or secure as writing on a ballot paper, a parliamentary committee has concluded.