Abortion

‘My babies are living proof abortion limit must change’


The Christian Institute



A mother whose twins were born under the abortion limit says her boys are “living proof” that the law should change. Kelly Hough is the latest mother to speak out powerfully on the issue of abortion, and joins others calling for the 24 week limit to be lowered.




You can watch the film that raised $6 million for pregnancy centers online now

Thaddeus Baklinski - Life Site News



A short pro-life film that raised almost $6 million for crisis pregnancy centers and won 15 international film festival awards, is today being launched on YouTube and available free of charge.




Children & Family

Risky business: how protection workers decide to remove children from their parents


Paul H Harnett, Sharon Dawe - The Conversation



Imagine you’re a child protection worker who has received a notification from a teacher voicing concerns about a child in her class. The case involves a five-year-old boy named Toby. Toby’s mum has had a long history of alcohol abuse but has managed this well for the past few years. But she has recently been seen in an intoxicated state when collecting Toby from school. Toby has had a great first year at school but has failed to attend school several days each week over the past month.




Drugs & Alcohol

Drug-trafficking high roller Jason Yuen jailed

Nino Bucci - The Age



A poker player who got caught up in the "heady environment of teak and mahogany rooms" at Crown Casino trafficked ice to pay his gambling debts. Jason Yuen, who paid at least $227,000 for drugs in a less than two-month stint trafficking ice, cocaine and cannabis, had worked at his parents' Chinese restaurant and lived at home during his offending.




Euthanasia

Euthanasia advocate Rodney Syme interviewed by police over death drug confession


Julia Medew - The Age



Melbourne doctor and euthanasia advocate Rodney Syme was interviewed by police on Wednesday over his confession that he gave a dying man a lethal drug before the man took his own life nine years ago.




Gambling

Secret Packer casino organised crime agreement should be public, independent arbiter finds


Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald



A secret agreement designed to manage the risk of organised crime infiltrating James Packer's proposed VIP casino at Barangaroo should be made public, an independent arbiter has found, despite the billionaire's efforts to keep it under wraps. But details of the agreement between Mr Packer's company Crown Resorts and the NSW gambling regulator will only be made public if the NSW upper house votes in favour of their release on Thursday.




Indigenous

Country Health SA forms new ways to get feedback on Indigenous health programs


ABC



South Australia's country health authority has renewed its approach to gathering feedback on its Aboriginal health programs. Several new systems are being put in place, including a senior council of advisers from the community - similar to that in place in Adelaide.




Marriage

Bill Shorten confirms he will speak on marriage equality support at ACL conference


David Alexander - Star Observer



Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has confirmed he will use his keynote address at the Australian Christian Lobby’s National Conference this weekend as an opportunity to state his support for marriage equality.




Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

‘Sweetie’ sting nabs Brisbane sex offender Scott Robert Hansen


News Corp



A registered sex offender and serial flasher from Brisbane is believed to be the first child sex predator caught by an undercover online sting targeting pedophiles with a virtual fake child nicknamed Sweetie.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Qantas worker files discrimination claim over crucifix ban


Angus Thompson - Herald Sun



A former Qantas employee has accused the airline of banning crucifixes while allowing Muslim women to wear head scarfs. Georgina Sarikoudis claims the airline discriminated against the Christian faith by demanding she and others discard the religious insignia.




Egyptian Christians cautiously optimistic

Rafik Greiche and Oliver Maksan - Mercator Net



Under the new military-backed president, they may be allowed to build churches.




Sexualisation of Society

Chances are your teen is looking at porn. But it’s worse than that.

Life Site News



I’m quite often accused of being an alarmist by adults and church leaders who can’t quite believe just how pervasive porn use and porn exposure is among the very young. I’m often told that this is the reason that having a presentation on pornography would be “too controversial.” Quite frankly, I wish they were right. But consider just a few of these statistics: 35% of teen boys say they have viewed pornographic videos “more times than they can count.”




Other

Dapto's Mullet Creek crash: Man jailed 8 years for causing crash that killed unborn baby


Shannon Tonkin - Parkes Champion Post



An Illawarra man has been jailed for eight years for causing a car crash that killed a woman's unborn baby. Marco Paul Silvestri was driving a Mercedes Benz van with drugs in his system when he collided with an oncoming Honda sedan in September last year as he tried to overtake another car while crossing the Mullet Creek bridge at Dapto.