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.







 



 



Bioethics

Down but certainly never out

Melinda Tankard Reist – The Herald Sun

DO yourself a favour. Stop what you are doing, log on to YouTube and watch a short film called Be My Brother.

Starring Gerard O'Dwyer and created by 20-year-old Genevieve Clay, Be My Brother took out the award for best film at the 2009 Tropfest. Gerard was named best actor.



Education

Barclay Crawford: the Bible can teach our children the essential lessons of life

Barclay Crawford - The Sunday Telegraph

WITH the passing of Easter this month, and again hearing the story of the death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection, I was taken back to scripture classes at school.

It reminded me not only about how much I secretly enjoyed these classes, but that they were where I learnt the importance of the Judeo-Christian tradition to the formation of Western civilisation.



Gonski: top losing schools named

Anna Patty - SMH

LORETO Kirribilli is among the independent schools in NSW with the most to lose - estimated at up to $3.9 million a year - in the proposed Gonski reforms of schools funding, a preliminary analysis shows.

Other schools at risk of having their federal funding reduced are Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College at North Sydney, St Aloysius' College at Milsons Point and Oakhill College at Castle Hill.



Indigenous

Closing the gap must refocus

Anthony Dillon – The Australian

THE government's initiative to close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians is well-intentioned. However there is an immediate problem with this initiative that is rarely discussed when addressing the disadvantage suffered by Aborigines: only some are in need of urgent assistance to help them attain a standard of living that most of us take for granted.

There are many Aboriginal-identifying Australians who have a standard of living comparable to most other Australians in terms of health and access to modern services. In sum, they are not disadvantaged.



Marriage

Majority support same-sex marriages (Poll in this story)

Tessa Akerman – The Advertiser

MOST people support same-sex marriages, data suggests, but even more say celebrants should not be compelled to perform such ceremonies.

While 58.1 per cent of 200,000 responses to a parliamentary inquiry backed the move, 79.4 per cent of respondents said authorised celebrants should not be obliged to perform same-sex marriages. Submissions to the inquiry closed on Friday.



Overseas Aid

AusAID 'is not delivering results on 15pc of its programs'

Mark Dodd – The Australian

AUSAID'S transformation from regional to global donor has led to "fragmentation" of its programs, 15 per cent of which are either failing or ineffective, a former chief economist of the agency said yesterday.

AusAID, with a taxpayer-funded budget of $4.8 billion, needed to be more transparent when evaluating its programs -- expanded last year to include Latin America, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa.



Budget will test Gillard's promise to world's poor

Andrew Hewett - The Australian

IS the wealthy world turning its back on the world's poor?

Recent figures on aid spending released by the OECD show global aid spending has been cut for the first time in 14 years, down in real terms by 2.7 per cent (or $3.27 billion) to $130bn.



If Australia's doing so well, why cut foreign aid?

Thom Woodroofe – The Drum

This weekend the Treasurer has been in Washington for the annual meeting of the world's leading development agency just as he plans to cut Australia's foreign aid.

At the same time every year as he crams for the budget, Wayne Swan jumps on a plane and heads to the United States for the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. On this trip he will also meet with his G20 counterparts.



Politics

Mud sticks to Labor after its slippery misjudgment

Troy Bramston – The Australian

THE Gillard government has only itself to blame if the scandals involving Peter Slipper lead it to lose its parliamentary majority and it finds itself out of power.

Labor and Coalition MPs have known for years about a series of allegations concerning Slipper's personal peccadillos and claims he rorted his entitlements.



Gillard treading water as ALP continues its slippery slide

Paul Sheehan – SMH

The following text message was allegedly sent by Peter Slipper on February 1 to one of his staffers, James Ashby: ''But you're [sic] call and no hard feelings in that you only want businesslike contact. In that event of the difficulty in our personal.''

Alleged response text by Ashby: ''I don't know what type of contact you expect Peter. Perhaps u should define that u would like and I can then be clearer on my position.''



Ann Sudmalis runs for Gilmore seat

SHANNON TONKIN – Illawarra Mercury

Ann Sudmalis will fly the Liberal Party flag in the seat of Gilmore at next year’s federal election after a convincing preselection win on Saturday.

The former Kiama councillor beat rivals Andrew Guile, Grant Schultz and Catherine Shields, claiming more than half the required votes from Liberal Party preselectors.



Labor would lose both chambers if an election were held now

Peter Hartcher – SMH

LABOR would suffer its worst result in the Senate since 1944 if an election were held now, giving Tony Abbott control of the upper house as well as the lower, an analysis shows.

This would allow him to wipe out many of the big achievements of the five years of Labor governments, as he has pledged to do, though some financial and legal complications would remain.



Nixon's 'evil genius' could never shake his Watergate past

Jessica Gresko – SMH

WASHINGTON: Charles Colson, the tough-as-nails special counsel to the US president Richard Nixon who was jailed for his role in a Watergate-related case and became a Christian evangelical dedicated to helping prisoners, has died aged 80.

Colson, with his trademark horn-rimmed glasses, was known as the ''evil genius'' of the Nixon administration who once said he would walk over his grandmother to get the president elected for a second term.



Charles “Chuck” Colson, the prisoner who set others free, dies

John Sandeman – Eternity Newspaper

Charles “Chuck” Colson, a member of the Nixon White House who rose from the Watergate political scandal to become a Christian leader has died aged 80.

After being sentenced to jail for his part in Watergate, Colson founded Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.



Other



Push to widen sex abuse inquiry

Jane Lee – SMH

THE state government has been urged to widen the inquiry into sex abuse by priests to consider how to make it easier for victims to sue the Catholic Church.

Premier Ted Baillieu last week announced that a parliamentary committee would investigate the handling of the criminal abuse of children in churches and other organisations.



Jock shock as Mitchell joins gay FM

SMH

IN WHAT some might see as a reversal of type, talkback radio host Neil Mitchell is joining gay community station Joy 94.9 for a joint live broadcast to tackle teen suicide and mental health issues.

Generally, talkback radio hosts are seen as tub-thumping homophobes. As 3AW's Mitchell puts it, ''They think we're right-wing and want to shoot poofters.''



Survey finds sex and politics perfect match in Canberra

Michael Inman – The Canberra Times

CANBERRANS are more attuned to sexual politics than to the act itself, a recent survey has found.

Results of the Great Australian Sex Census were published this week, stripping bare the bedroom tastes of each Australian state and territory.