Abortion

Tasmania Police want tighter anti-abortion protest laws to stop future campaigners


ABC



Tasmania Police say they want the state's anti-abortion protest laws tightened up if they are going to stop future campaigners. Tasmania's Reproductive Health Act was passed last year and is designed to stop protest within 150 metres of clinics.




Donor Conception & Surrogacy

After three-parent babies, will there be “multiplex parenting”?


Michael Cook - Mercator Net



Last week an all-star line-up of British researchers and administrators appeared before a committee of the UK House of Commons to tell MPs that the creation of three-parent babies was completely safe, ethical and inconsequential.




Drugs & Alcohol

Bayli Marie Elliot: NZ teen’s death a reminder of the dangers of binge drinking, say experts


News Ltd



Beautiful, bright and kind: teenager Bayli Marie Elliot was loved by all who knew her. The 18-year-old spent her final hours at a party, drinking with friends and having fun. The next morning, the popular student was dead from suspected alcohol poisoning.




Education

Vic Government launches new regional education plan


ABC



The Victorian Government has launched a new strategy for rural and regional education. The five-year plan identifies some of the issues country students face in their schooling and looks at how they could be resolved.




Gambling

Crackdown on $1.5 billion illegal overseas gambling sector


Patrick Bartley and John Stensholt - Sydney Morning Herald



The federal government and the Victorian government will announce a crackdown on the illegal offshore gambling industry, which is estimated to be worth $1.5 billion annually.




Gambling taskforce warns of dangers in poker machine rental plan

Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald



Allowing registered clubs to lease their poker machines to other venues will see them shifted to suburbs where players lose the most money, the NSW government is being warned. But the clubs industry argues the measure would assist mainly struggling rural and regional clubs by giving them a temporary "revenue stream", and would only proceed if there was "net community benefit".




Health

HIV foundation gets behind the wheel with new CHEP road trip


Andrew Shaw - Gay News Network



HIV Foundation Queensland will take its new Rapid Roadshow vehicles to the road next month to raise awareness around 20-minute rapid HIV testing. Two of the Foundation’s Community HIV Education and Prevention (CHEP) vehicles will travel from Cairns in the north to Ipswich and Toowoomba in South East Queensland from November 3 to 21 on a mission to raise awareness about HIV and rapid testing.




Homelessness & Poverty

Government faces roadblocks to homelessness reform


Lucia Osborne-Crowley - City News



The NSW Upper House has ordered the state government to release all documents relating to its controversial reforms to homelessness services. The reform package, called Going Home Staying Home, introduced competitive tendering to homelessness services across NSW. The tender process resulted in the takeover of all of NSW’s women’s only refuges and women’s specific services, causing a backlash from the community.





Indigenous

Empowering Indigenous communities to prevent child abuse and neglect


Fiona Arney, Alwin Chong - The Conversation



In some jurisdictions of Australia, the rate of Indigenous children in foster, kinship and residential care on any one night has reached almost one in ten. This rate is almost ten times higher than non-Aboriginal children and has steadily increased over the past decade. Contrast this with rates of non-Indigenous children in out-of-home care, which have stabilised in most jurisdictions.




Marriage

Fact check: Are de facto relationships more unstable than marriages?


ABC



The claim: Kevin Andrews says the data shows de facto relationships are more likely to break up than marriages.

The verdict: For the majority of couples, a de facto relationship is the pathway to marriage. Still, for those who never marry, the chance of separating is more than six times higher. Mr Andrews's claim checks out.




Bill Shorten’s description of Christians ‘wide of the mark’

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian



The Australian Christian Lobby’s Lyle Shelton has said Bill Shorten’s speech backing same sex marriage at their conference was “wide of the mark” because of his characterisation of Christians as people who invoke God and Bible to attack blended families and demonise people for who they love. Mr Shelton has written a response to Bill Shorten’s speech at the conference last weekend.




Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking, slavery and forced marriage on the rise in Australia, say police


Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Nino Bucci - SMH



Federal police are investigating a record number of human trafficking cases in Australia involving sex slavery, forced marriages and child brides.




How to spot a sex trafficking victim at a hotel

Belinda Luscombe - Time



As it has become clear over the last few years that sex trafficking takes place on every continent, approaches to defining it and ending it have changed.




Refugees

Syria's neighbors appeal for help in refugee crisis

Muslim Village



Syria’s neighbors no longer have the capacity to take in refugees from the Middle East war, according to high-ranking regional officials. Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have appealed for greater international assistance.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Help desperately needed for Middle East Christians


Cal Thomas - Washington Times



American Christians have been slow to the point of near silence when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities committed against their fellow believers by the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Iraq. The Jewish people are much better models in solidarity when Jews are persecuted.




Pastors opposing ‘gay rights’ targeted while Muslims execute gays

Rachel Molschky - Cherson and Molschky



Freedom of religion may still be intact for now, but it was nearly taken away when five Christian pastors were targeted by the government for not being on board with the gay rights bandwagon.




Sexualisation of Society

Perfect body? New Victoria's Secret lingerie adverts spark outrage


Radhika Sanghani - Daily Life



New Victoria’s Secret adverts suggesting that their slim models have ‘the perfect body’ have come under fire for their “unhealthy and damaging message”.




Other

Six-year-old 'soldier for Khilafa': kids radicalised in shocking video


Bryan Seymour - 7News



A Muslim youth group is under investigation after a disturbing video of children as young as six years old calling for an end to Australian democracy was unearthed by 7News. In the vision, children as young as six years old call for violent action against non-Muslims and to reject Australia and its values.




Candy and controversy: Is Halloween anti-Christian?

Lubbock Online



Some Christians feel Halloween violates their beliefs; others think the holiday is harmless and fun.