ACL in the news

The Australian Christian Lobby will not go away


John Warhurst - Eureka Street



The recent national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) raises broader political questions. The event was held in Canberra and featured Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as keynote speaker. The ACL will not go away. Despite serious academic criticism from Professor Rodney Smith of the University of Sydney questioning its claims to political influence, it is now established in the top echelon of lobbying groups.




Australia’s political leaders enter the lions’ den

Paul Bongiorno - The Saturday Paper



Reaching for the Bible is more often than not frowned upon in contemporary, secular Australia. But Bill Shorten did it with gusto in a major speech that may well help define his leadership. At the same time Tony Abbott has embarked on a mission that may well end his.




Children & Family

Modern family

Simon Smart, Bettina Arndt - Public Christianity



Bettina Arndt has been a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and author. She currently works as a social commentator and online dating coach. She came into the CPX studio to discuss her research and work on families and the best environments for raising children.






Duty of care needed for unwanted children

Claire Van Ryn - The Examiner



Woman One wants baby. Can't fall pregnant. Woman Two falls pregnant. Doesn't want baby. Woman Two gives Woman One baby. Problem solved, right? If only it was so easy!




SA Government screening unit expected to process 140,000 background checks for working or volunteering with children or other vulnerable people

Lauren Novak - The Advertiser



About 140,000 people are expected to need background checks to work with children or other vulnerable people this financial year, as authorities consider reforms to speed up approval processes.




Classification

Ad watchdog rejects “deceptive” TAB advert complaint


Pippa Chambers - Ad News



The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has dismissed a complaint against TAB, lodged by a gambling reform advocate, who claimed the advert was deceptive and misleading.




Drugs & Alcohol

Narrandera second to Byron Bay for drug offences


Brodie Owen - Daily Advertiser



Narrander has emerged as the state's second-biggest hotspot for drugs, outperformed only by Byron Bay as the most notorious local government area for drug offences, crime data has shown. The town of less than 4000 people was awarded the dubious honour in the latest data by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.




Euthanasia

Brittany Maynard ends her own life


Jenna Clarke - SMH



Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill American woman who planned to end her life voluntarily, has died. The 29-year-old brain cancer sufferer, who was diagnosed with a stage 4 malignant brain tumour in April and given six months to live, passed away over the weekend at her home in Oregon using drugs made legal to her by the state's Death with Dignity Act




Gambling

Don’t call us problem gamblers – we’re addicts


Carolyn Hirsh - SMH



Relief floods through me as I arrive at the venue. The pleasurable feeling is triggered by a combination of dopamine and opioids in my brain, lighting the well-worn path of the synapses that addiction has created.




Indigenous

Aboriginal suicide


The Stringer



I have just returned home to Melbourne from working as a locum consultant psychiatrist at Alice Springs Hospital. I also work in research. My field is suicide.




Politics

Vic leaders hit the campaign trail


Sky News



Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews have wasted no time hitting the campaign trail with voters heading to the polls on November 29.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Santorum: Religious persecution in U.S. could escalate as high as it did under Nazi Germany


Sara Fischer - CNN



Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, said this week that the growing threat towards American religious freedom by the government could lead to "Christian persecution," similar to how the oppression of Jews and Christians evolved over time under Nazi Germany.




Sexualisation of Society

'Sexting' now banned in Victoria


The Age



So-called "sexting" without consent is now an offence in Victoria. From Monday, anyone who maliciously or deliberately spreads intimate images of another person - or threatens to do so - faces prosecution under two new offences. The ban applies to intimate images of anyone under the age of 18 as well as images of adults without their consent.