ACL in the news

ACL calls on the Coalition to vote as a block to preserve the definition of marriage


Australian Conservative



The Australian Christian Lobby has called on the Liberal party room to uphold the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.




Liberals set to decide on gay marriage conscience vote

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian



The Coalition partyroom will be forced to consider changing its position on gay marriage and allow a conscience vote after Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm introduces a bill putting the issue squarely on the national agenda.




Children & Family

1,000 events across Australia in campaign against domestic violence


ABC



Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised the involvement of Australia's military in White Ribbon Day, saying it sends a signal that strong men protect others and do not condone domestic violence.




Canada introduces income-splitting for families

John Ballantyne - News Weekly



Canadian single-income two-parent families with dependent children will be better off after a multi-billion dollar package of tax breaks and increased child benefits was announced last month by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper.




Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Women are embracing the egg freezing trend


Lavanya Ramanathan - Daily Life



After the abrupt end of her marriage, Tiffany Angelo gave herself a few months to grieve. Then she moved on. Not to the next romance, but to something she could plan for: the children she deeply desired and would still have. With or without her ex.




Drugs & Alcohol

NSW: Drug driving on the rise, NRMA calls for tougher penalties


Trevor Collett - The Motor Report



Drug driving in New South Wales is on the rise, NSW Police figures reveal, and the NRMA is pointing the blame at insufficient penalties for offenders. A total of 34,280 roadside drug tests were carried out in 2013 with 729 drivers found to be affected by illicit substances.




Young people increasingly alcohol abstainers or risky drinkers, drug survey finds

The Guardian



National drug survey finds smoking on the decline and methamphetamine use stable, but people in remote areas much more likely to use drugs




Education

Christians schools are under threat in Victoria


ACL - SoundCloud



Make sure you understand the changes that are facing Christian schools and organisations this election.




Gambling

The problem with gambling


Jason Dowling - The Age



The rapidly changing nature of gambling in Australia has some troubling consequences with new research warning of a violent impact on some families and the vulnerability of Australians to unregulated overseas gambling sites. Four new discussion papers released today by the federal government's Australian Gambling Research Centre examine the impact of gambling problems on families, the rise of gambling online, the growth in sports betting and advertising and the impact of gambling on indigenous Australians.




High roller who gambled up to $9 million sentenced to five-and-a-half years jail for trafficking in cannabis

Courier Mail



A high roller who turned over $9 million at Townsville’s casino has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for trafficking drugs to feed his gambling problem.




Aquis to get $3 million discount on Canberra Casino, takeover to be approved by Christmas

Primrose Riordan - Canberra Times



Aquis' Hong Kong entrepreneurs Tony and Justin Fung are likely to see their takeover of the Canberra Casino come through by Christmas after negotiating a $3 million discount on the sale price. Despite setbacks to their aquisition of a Queensland casino previously tied to the deal, the company said it had revised its offer for the ailing capital casino and the casino licence down from $9 million to $6 million




Health

Report of suicides prompts union call for more counselling for paramedics


Graeme Powell - ABC



The union representing paramedics in Western Australia is demanding more trauma counselling following the reported suicide of two of its members.




Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness in Victoria: the human face of a forgotten election issue


The Guardian



An estimated 22,000 people are without shelter across the state, half under 25 and 3,000 of them children. So why does the issue seem to be entirely absent from the campaign?




Domestic violence causes homelessness, White Ribbon Day supporters warn

Justin Huntsdale - ABC



Women are being turned away from crisis accommodation on a daily basis as organisations use White Ribbon Day to shine the spotlight on a lack of accommodation services for victims of domestic violence.




Indigenous

Indigenous program on track for success


UQ News



More than 300 high-achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students are closer to pursuing careers in areas including law, veterinary science and health sciences, thanks to a program launched at The University of Queensland this year.




Rates of trachoma in Indigenous Australians drop 10% in five years

Samantha Donovan - ABC



While the progress in closing the gap in Aboriginal life expectancy is slow, there is some good news on indigenous health today.




Marriage

Liberal Party faces dilemma as same-sex marriage bill arrives in Senate


Lisa Cox and Judith Ireland - Canberra Times



Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is poised to introduce his long-awaited same-sex marriage bill to the Senate, in a move that will increase the pressure on the Liberal Party to allow its MPs a conscience vote on the issue.




Divorce taking on new meaning

Neo Kosmos



With divorce rates rising, the model of the average family is changing in the Greek Australian community.




Pope calls for family resurrection

Kathleen Parker - Pal Item



News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage. Nothing could be further from the truth.




Refugees

Push to end asylum claim uncertainty


Stefanie Balogh - The Australian



Victoria and NSW have emerged as home to the largest concentration of nearly 25,000 asylum-seekers living on community bridging visas, as Scott Morrison steps up efforts to end their uncertainty and to begin processing refugee claims.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Young Islamic State supporter abuses Christian school students prior to counter-terrorism raids


Rachel Olding - SMH



A 14-year-old Islamic State supporter yelled abuse at Christian school students and flew the terrorist group's flag through western Sydney just two days before his family were targeted in sweeping counter-terrorism raids. The boy is the third member of his family to come under the gaze of authorities for supporting the powerful terrorist group, whose recruitment strategy is unashamedly aimed at young people in western countries.




Sexualisation of Society

Really? You need more reasons not to watch 50 Shades of Grey? Fine. Here they are.


Life Site News

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with commentator Mark Steyn on my radio show, and since the topic was the decline of Western culture, the conversation inevitably wandered over to disgraced CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.




Other

A funny thing happened on the way to gender equality in Norway


Mercatornet



To which part of the world would you look first for hard evidence that the roles men and women perform are a social construct?




WA: Bottoms up for Sunday trading

Public Service News



Longer trading hours and relaxed restrictions on service are among a number of changes to the rules governing the service of alcohol announced by the Minister for Racing and Gaming, Terry Waldron. In response to the independent review of the Liquor Control Act tabled in Parliament, Mr Waldron said he had taken a "balanced approach to consumer expectations, red-tape reduction and targeted harm minimisation strategies".