Press Council adjudication

Sydney Morning Herald

The Press Council has considered whether its Standards of Practice were breached by a cartoon in the Sydney Morning Herald on 26 July 2014. It was associated with an opinion piece on the conflict in Gaza and depicted an elderly man with a large nose, wearing the distinctively Jewish head covering called a kippah or yarmulke, and sitting in an armchair emblazoned with the Star of David.

Here’s some of the complaints that saw an ad pulled from radio for being too sexual
Business Insider

The Advanced Medical Institute has been forced to withdraw its ad for oral strips from daytime radio. The Advertising Standards Board received numerous complaints against the ad, which was “played on Fox FM during hours that children and teenagers would potentially be listening”.

Targeted ads are coming to a billboard near you
Hannah Francis – Brisbane Times
. . [ ACL: Consider issues for The Advertising Standards Board in ‘regulating’ this type of billboard ]

Science fiction is fast becoming reality if trends in automotive advertising are anything to go by. Car maker Lexus is set to unveil a series of intelligent, super-sized ads on billboards in key locations across the country on Monday. The billboards can tell what type of car you’re driving, and will tailor a message just for you.

Drugs & Alcohol
Alco-lock a blow to drink drivers

Daily Telegraph

The state’s worst drunken drivers will be forced to pass a breath test every time they start their car. Up to 6000 motorists convicted of high-range drink- driving or habitual drink-­driving offences each year will have to pay $2200 to fit the breath-test devices under the Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program that comes into ­effect on February 1.

Tobacco crime is going gangbusters
The Daily Telegraph

The black market in tobacco is one of the fastest growing and most profitable organised crime activities in Australia.

Computer costs and confusion continue to dog the latest trial of technology in Aussie schools

Adelaide Now

The failure of Kevin Rudd’s Digital Education Revolution has left schools with a technological mess as families are forced to pay thousands of dollars to buy computers for their children to use in class. Parents and students have been overwhelmed by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy adopted by schools since the former PM’s scheme to provide every year 9 child with a laptop fell over more than a year ago.

Confessing a poker machine addiction

Canberra Times

This article has to be anonymous. I’m too ashamed to identify myself and it’s the only way I can tell the truth. You might think that’s a cop-out but I’m sure you wouldn’t want to be identified either, knowing that people would completely reassign their perception of you, shake their heads, and only ever see you as ‘that pokies addict’.

Sussan Ley to consult doctors over plan to impose $5 GP co-payment
Daniel Hurst – The Guardian

Sussan Ley has reaffirmed government plans to make many patients pay more when they see the doctor, describing the Medicare levy applied through the tax system as “hopelessly inadequate” in covering costs.

Miracle boy, but campaign to stop mutilation of girls goes on
Natasha Robinson – The Australian

It sometimes takes a kick to the ribs to jolt Khadija Gbla out of a state of disbelief. Babies can pack a pretty good punch though, and it’s a fair guess that the unborn child of this brave activist possesses more than his fair share of fighting spirit. Though in many African countries the practice is decreasing, Ms Gbla and her foundation, No FGM Australia, argue that girls born in Australia to migrant parents from countries where mutilation is practised are at a higher risk of the procedure.

‘World’s worst’: fetal alcohol hits one in eight

Victoria Laurie – The Australian

A landmark health study has found that one in eight children, or 120 children per 1000, in ­remote Aboriginal communities of the Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. The devastating findings of the Liliwan Study have revealed the highest level of alcohol-relat­ed disability diagnosed in children in Australia, and one of the highest rates in the world.

US supreme court agrees to hear cases on right to same-sex marriage nationwide

Amanda Holpuch – The Guardian

The US supreme court announced on Friday that it will take up the question of whether the US constitution grants every American the right to marry whom they choose, regardless of sex. In a brief announcement, the justices said they would take up the issue later this year, after a narrow ruling last year unexpectedly resulted in state marriage bans across the country falling in waves on appeal.

Religious freedom doesn’t cease in the workplace
Barronelle Stutzman – National review

Barronelle Stutzman runs a flower shop in Richland, Washington. After enjoying a friendly relationship with customer Rob Ingersoll for some ten years, she declined to provide the flower arrangements for his wedding to another man. When the state attorney general’s office heard about the case, it moved against her, as did the American Civil Liberties Union. Both are currently suing Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers.

Stephen Fry marries fiancee Elliott Spencer: ‘We go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one’
The Independent

The actor, 57, only announced his engagement to the 27-year-old comic 11 days ago.

Queenslanders now have to prove their identity to vote – but why?

Tracey Arklay – The Conversation

In a first for an Australian general election, when Queenslanders head to the polls on January 31 they’ll need more than loose change for the sausage sizzle and cake stalls – they now also need to bring proof of identity.

Former NSW state Labor MP Paul O’Grady dead aged 54
The Daily Telegraph

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has paid tribute to trailblazing former state MP Paul O’Grady, who has died aged 54. NSW Labor on Sunday confirmed that Mr O’Grady, who in 1990 was the first Australian MP to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, had passed away. After being elected to parliament in 1988, Mr O’Grady resigned from the state’s upper house in January 1996 after being diagnosed HIV positive, ending an eight-year career in politics.

LGBTI’s Midsumma opening: Daniel Andrews takes aim at discrimination in state law
Stephen A Russell – The Age

Escorted onto the carnival’s main stage by colourful drag artist Dolly Diamond on Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews officially opened Melbourne’s LGBTI community festival Midsumma with the promise that his government would ensure, “every bit of bigotry will be removed from the Victorian statute books.”

No room in America for Christian refugees

Abraham H. Miller – Aina News

At the end of World War II, the Jewish survivors of Europe’s Holocaust found that nearly every door was closed to them. “Tell Me Where Can I Go?” was a popular Yiddish song at the time. Decades later, the Christians of the Middle East face the same problem, and the Obama administration is keeping the door shut. America is about to accept 9000 Syrian Muslims, refugees of the brutal war between the Assad regime and its Sunni opposition, which includes ISIS, Al Qaeda, and various other militias. That number is predicted to increase each year. There are no Christian refugees that will be admitted.

Sexualisation of Society
Sexting leads to huge growth in child porn

Lia Harris – Sunday Telegraph

The rise of social media and sexting is being blamed for a massive increase in child pornography offences in the past five years. The number of people caught possessing or distributing child pornography in NSW has jumped by 77 per cent from 250 in 2009/10 to 444 last year.

This will scar you for life’: Graphic new Frozen app available on iTunes asks users to perform a C-section on Princess Anna

Daily Mail

A controversial app inspired by the hit Disney animation Frozen enables users to perform a Caesarean on Princess Anna, one of the movie’s title characters.

Scientologists angry about unflattering documentary
Evann Gastaldo – Newser

A documentary about Scientology debuts at Sundance later this month, and the church is not happy about it. ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’, from filmmaker Alex Gibney, includes interviews with people who have left the religion behind, and starting today, the Church of Scientology is expected to launch full-page newspaper ads decrying Gibney’s “journalistic lapses,” the New York Times reports.