ACL in the news

Abortion views cause Coalition split in Buninyong


Matthew Dixon - The Courier



The marginal seat of Buninyong has been thrown into turmoil over a Coalition split on abortion views. Ms Smith said she felt "sick" after an Australian Christian Lobby candidates forum on Friday night in which she felt Liberal candidate Ben Taylor revealed views to roll back abortion laws.




Abortion

No longer silent and incremental: the pro-life path to overturning Roe v. Wade


Sara Israelsen-Hartley - Deseret News



The anti-abortion movement has gradually shifted its tactics away from the aggressive in-your-face demonstrations to discreetly working the state political system, and observers, legal experts and even pro-abortion rights groups admit the strategy is working.




It's time to ban webcam abortions?

Martin Fox - Voices for the Unborn



Never let it be said that the abortion industry is short-sighted. They're always looking ahead to their next money-making bonanza. So years ago when they saw a problem coming down the pike, they maneuvered to head it off at the pass. This “problem?” That what abortionists refer to as a “blob of tissue” is really a tiny, living, breathing baby. And with advances in technology, abortion proponents are finding it more and more difficult to hide that truth.




Classification

Keep fighting assault on children's innocence


Claire van Ryn - The Examiner



This article is rated PG - not recommended for persons under the age of 15. Why? On account of the enormous, hot pink condom on display in Sydney's Hyde Park. The 18-metre, fluoro pink sheath was lowered over the Hyde Park Obelisk as part of an ad campaign to raise awareness of HIV prevention among gay men. As with most things 18 metres tall, hot pink in colour and erected in a public space, it was unavoidable.




Drugs & Alcohol

Perth teenager Nicole Bicknell died after drinking 95 per cent Polmos Spirytus Rektyfikowany


Emily Moulton - Adelaide Now



The family of a WA teenager who died after consuming a potent brand of alcohol at her 18th birthday party has called for a complete ban on the sale of high-strength liquor in Australia. Nicole Bicknell collapsed and passed out after drinking a few shots of Polmos Spirytus Rektyfikowany, a Polish spirit that has a 95 per cent alcohol content, two weeks ago.





Education

Vic coalition promises school funding


SBS



Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says a re-elected coalition government would deliver an extra $5.4 billion for education.




Euthanasia

The euthanasia lobby has hijacked the phrase 'dying with dignity'


Jack de Groot - The Age



The hijacking of the term "dying with dignity" by today's supporters of euthanasia and assisted suicide is an insult to the dedicated doctors, nurses and pastoral carers who daily provide compassionate care, pain alleviation and spiritual comfort to the sick, the dying and their families.




The quiet killing epidemic in our midst

Robert Kaplan - ABC



Serial killing attracts a disproportionate amount of attention. As horrific as these murders are, they constitute less than 1% of the total homicide rate. If recent statistics are any guide, the rate in the United States is actually dropping. By contrast, over 80% of murders occur in the home environment with a killer known to the victim.




Human Rights

'Team Australia' dumps free speech promise


Laurence Maher - On Line Opinion



In the four months before Prime Minister Abbott announced in his "Team Australia" speech on 5 August 2014, that his government would not implement the promise he affirmed in the September 2013 election campaign to repeal s 18C of Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act1975, most of the public commentators singing the praises of the s 18C censorship regime expressed the opinion that the repeal proposal was doomed, and that the turning point had occurred on 24 March 2014.




Marriage

UK: Only one in 20 unwed parents will stay together until their first-born is 15


Steve doughty - Daily Mail



Most young couples who fail to marry are heading for a life of failed relationships and single parenthood. New research reveals the pitfalls facing 20-somethings who shun marriage in favour of cohabiting relationships. Of today’s young people, only one in 20 unmarried couples with children will still be together by their first-born’s 15th birthday.




Nicolas Sarkozy calls for repeal of France’s same-sex marriage law

The Guardian



Sarkozy explained he was in favour of some form of marriage for same-sex couples, but something different from that for heterosexuals. He said he opposed surrogate parenthood for same-sex couples.




Politics

ALP extends lead as global focus falls on Tony Abbott: Newspoll


Phillip Hudson - The Australian



Support for federal Labor has jumped to a nine-month high, with Bill Shorten again ranked a better prime minister than Tony Abbott and the opposition opening up a 10-point lead over the Coalition after preferences.




Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Legalising prostitution legalises a fantasy – that sex does not involve the self


Irish Times



‘Why is it that if someone buys a vote from a councillor, it is seen as corruption, but if someone buys the use of someone’s body, it is somehow liberation?’




Refugees

Scott Morrison adviser says asylum claim proposals put refugees at risk


The Guardian



Plans to fast-track asylum seeker claims could mean genuine refugees will be returned home, a member of the immigration minister’s advisory council has warned.




Sexualisation of Society

$6000 a day? No wonder this work is addictive.


Gemma Askham - Mamamia



“Old guys, young guys and creepy guys are all going to be looking at your bits. If you don’t mind that, then I guess it’s OK.” We’re not describing the pap test from hell. This is one woman’s job description of what it’s like to be a ‘skimpy’ – a barmaid who travels to the most remote parts of Australia to serve drinks to locals while just wearing lingerie.




Other

My prediction about the Vatican’s “Humanum” conference


Jennifer Roback Morse - Ruth Institute Blog



According to the Catholic News Agency, “the Vatican is hosting a colloquium seeking to find ‘new and creative language to speak to people where they are.’ This is according to Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University, and communications liaison for the Humanum Colloquium, which will run from Nov. 17­-19 at the Vatican.”




ABC will be cut by $50m a year, costing 500 jobs by Christmas, as Turnbull defends Abbott on Q&A

Neil McMahon - The Age



The axe is coming to the national broadcaster this week, with the ABC breaking the details of its own looming amputations on Monday night: $50 million a year in new cuts will mean the loss of up to 500 jobs by Christmas, the death of state-based current affairs, a tighter budget for Lateline and foreign news offices closed.




Man without arms and legs is changing the world

Jim Denison - Forum on Truth and Culture



Nick Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1982. Sonograms failed to reveal that he had tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. As you can imagine, Nick struggled as a youth with depression and loneliness. At one point he wanted to drown himself in the bathtub, believing he would never have a wife and children or do anything important with his life.




Being me

Janine Cohen and Catherine Scott - ABC



The story of girls and boys, born in the wrong body and their struggle to be who they are.