One abortionist’s painful path to life
Hannah Zarr – World News Service
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we’re sharing the story of one abortionist who quit after realizing he was killing people’s children for money. Dr. Anthony Levatino quit the abortion industry in the mid-1980s. He became a Christian years later and now uses his experience and expertise as both a doctor and a lawyer to further the pro-life cause.
Children & Family
Abuse fears for foster children passed from home to home
Natasha Bita – The Australian
Nearly half of Australia’s foster children have changed families at least three times, and hundreds have been abused in care.
Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day is a heads-up for family advocates.
Tony Abbott puts family violence on COAG agenda, Rosie Batty appointed to new panel
Pia Akerman – The Australian
Tony Abbott has put tackling family violence on the national agenda by declaring it the most urgent matter for COAG this year, calling for agreement on a national domestic violence order scheme that will protect victims who flee interstate from their attackers.
Endangering the home in the name of productivity?
Joanna Roughton – Mercator Net
Figures released last week indicate that rates of unemployment and inflation in Britain are falling like stones. The economy is in rude health. Indeed, the Government thinks the UK can be the world’s richest nation – again – within the next couple of decades. Does all this industriousness in the workplace endanger the home?
Donor Conception & Surrogacy
Stephen Fry hints at having kids with new husband Elliott Spencer
British actor and comedian Stephen Fry has hinted he would like to have kids with young love Elliott Spencer after the two recently tied the knot.
Drugs & Alcohol
Police to focus on drugs in Pyalong crash
The drug ice will be the focus of a police investigation into the deaths of four men, killed in a crash north of Melbourne. The four died when the car their car became airborne and slammed into a tree near the small town of Pyalong.
John Dawkins backs university fee reforms
Kylar Loussikian, Rosie Lewis – The Australian
The father of the modern university system, former Labor minister John Dawkins, has backed fee deregulation and urged the party not to lock itself out of sensible reforms it has owned for 30 years.
Back to school: why we should embrace autonomy
Kevin Donnelly – ABC
With schools returning this week, the usual debates have already started about the respective merits of government and non-government schools and the best way to make Australian students more competitive given unsatisfactory results in international literacy and numeracy tests.
Gloucester CSG suspension: NSW vows investigation after banned chemical found at site
Lucy McNally – ABC
The NSW Resources Minister has assured voters he will not allow AGL to restart operations at its Gloucester coal seam gas (CSG) site until the company has proven its activities are safe. AGL announced on Tuesday it had suspended work at its CSG plant north of Newcastle after discovering the banned chemical BTEX in flowback water from the site.
Majority of Queenslanders in support of euthanasia
Matt Wordsworth – ABC
There is a huge desire among Queenslanders for people suffering from terminal diseases to be legally permitted to die with the help of doctors.
Homelessness & Poverty
Nearly 100 homeless Victorians turned away from accommodation services each day, report finds
Almost 100 Victorians on average were turned away from homelessness services each day last year, a report by the Productivity Commission has found. The annual Report on Government Services revealed 35 per cent of Victorians seeking accomodation, around 15,000 people in total, could not be housed because of a lack of facilities.
Indigenous kids 24 times more likely to be held
Nicola Berkovic – The Australian
The extraordinary overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people in the youth justice system worsened over the past year, new figures reveal. The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services released yesterday showed that indigenous young people aged 10 to 17 were almost 24 times as likely as non-indigenous young people to be locked up in youth detention centres in 2012-13.
Business engagement with indigenous Aussies soaring
Pro Bono Australia
Australian companies are continuing to explore and find new ways of supporting Indigenous economic and social inclusion, according to a new report. The Business Council of Australia’s 2014 Indigenous Engagement Survey Report found that while employment remains a focus, more companies are involved in a broad range of activities, including cadetships, microfinance, and setting up joint ventures with Indigenous businesses.
Ben Carson, who is a possible candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is speaking out about same-sex marriage, and the recent rulings in favor of marriage equality. Carson says that judges who rule in favor of allowing same-sex marriage to occur are ‘not carrying out their duties in an appropriate way’ and that Congress should remove them from office.
As the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals considers whether to strike down laws in three states banning same-sex “marriage,” four adult children of homosexual parents have filed court briefings arguing that government-sanctioned homosexual unions could lead to disaster for thousands of kids.
Queensland election 2015: Premier Campbell Newman on track to lose seat, new poll suggests
Peter McCutcheon – ABC
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will struggle to hold on to his seat of Ashgrove at this weekend’s election, new polling suggests. The Queensland election campaign has been widely billed as the contest the LNP cannot lose.
Tony Fitzgerald, the man who headed the Fitzgerald Inquiry in Queensland more than 25 years ago, is warning that the current standard of governance in Australia is on a slippery slope towards corruption and abuse of power.
Asylum seekers ‘not illegally detained’
The High Court has found the government didn’t act illegally when it detained 157 Tamil asylum seekers aboard a Customs boat for almost a month. The court has also ruled they are not entitled to damages.
Religious Freedom & Persecution
Niger archbishop: ‘Church will rebuild after Charlie Hebdo riots’
At least 10 people were killed, more than 200 injured and 45 Catholic and Protestant churches set ablaze during the January 16-17 riots. Local media said police had fought for four hours to save Niamey’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, but reported that six of the city’s eight Catholic parishes had been wrecked.