ACL in the news

Sonia Smith changes how-to-vote cards


Matthew Dixon - Ballarat Courier



Nationals candidate Sonia Smith will go against party orders and print her own how-to-vote cards, not preferencing Liberal candidate Ben Taylor.




Victoria election 2014: Abortion row erupts between Coalition candidates in Ballarat

Jessica Tapp and Dan Conifer - ABC



A row has erupted between two Coalition candidates in a key marginal seat in Ballarat, in Victoria's west, over Liberal hopeful Ben Taylor's stance on abortion.




Classification

Grand Theft Auto V offers graphic sex with a prostitute in new game


News Corp



The newest edition of the controversial guns-and-gangsters game, released on Tuesday, allows users to experience graphic sex with a prostitute.




Donor Conception & Surrogacy

GM babies raise serious safety concerns, US expert warns


Christian Institute



A senior US science advisor has warned that serious safety concerns remain over a controversial technique to create three-parent babies. This comes ahead of the UK Parliament debating the legalisation of the procedure in the coming months.




Drugs & Alcohol

Qld ambos demand rethink on trading hours


News Ltd



The Queensland government needs to reassess pub trading hours to prevent attacks on ambulance officers, their union says. United Voice says the government must do more to stop the rise in attacks on ambulance officers by patients who are drunk or high on drugs.




Greens urge govt to grow medical cannabis

Echonet Daily



The NSW Greens will today (Wednesday) introduce its bill for legalising medical marijuana proposing the government grow its own supply so children with incurable epilepsy can be treated. But Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone told Echonetdaily that the proposed bill did not go far enough and would do nothing to stop the black market trade.




Gambling

Losses disguised as wins


Mark R. Dixon and Jacob Daar - Mercatornet



Here's the science behind casino profits. Gambling is good business, or at least a profitable one. According to the American Gaming Association, in 2012 the 464 commercial casinos in the US served 76.1 million patrons and grossed $US37.34 billion.




Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness Costing $22,000 Per Family


Xavier Smerdon - ProBono Australia



A Melbourne community housing Not for Profit says it costs $22,000 in State and Federal Government housing supports for every household requiring assistance after being squeezed out of the private rental system.




Victoria election 2014: Candidates urged not to forget the homeless in campaign

Rachael Brown - ABC



A coalition of Victorian community housing organisations is warning candidates not to forget the homeless in the state election campaign. Advocates said Victoria needs an extra 50,000 public and community housing properties to meet demand.




Human Rights

Nearly 36 million people live in modern slavery: report


Katie Nguyen - The Age



Nearly 36 million people live in slavery worldwide, with little being done to liberate them, a human rights group says.




Brazil has a brilliant approach to ending modern-day slavery

Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider



Brazil has embraced an aggressive approach to combating modern-day slavery, including making supply chains more transparent, according to the new Global Slavery Index. Brazil’s government even has a so-called dirty list publicly naming companies that profit from slave labour.




Indigenous

Landmark report reveals scale of indigenous disadvantage


Michael Gordon - The Age



Indigenous disadvantage report is a wake-up call for Australia

Levels of self-harm and incarceration for indigenous Australians have increased at alarming levels despite the efforts of both sides of politics to 'close the gap', the most comprehensive report on indigenous wellbeing has found.




Marriage

Pope confirms US trip, defends traditional family


Inés San Martín - Crux Now



Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will travel to the United States in September, 2015 for a Vatican-sponsored meeting on the family in Philadelphia.




Refugees

Scott Morrison cuts off access to Australia for refugees in Indonesia


Sarah Whyte - SMH



Australia has taken its stand against boat arrivals to a new level, saying it will no longer resettle asylum seekers found to be refugees by the United Nation's refugee agency in Indonesia who registered after July 1.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pray for them: Christian persecution at 'biblical proportions'


David Curry - Fox News



For far too long, much of the free world has done little to oppose the persecution of Christians. It is time for those of us who are living with the blessing of freedom of religion to advocate for those who are not.




Sexualisation of Society

Pornography, kids and sex education: what to do?


Daniel Schwartz - CBC News



Porn industry the main sex educator of kids, says child advocate.