ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace was on Sunrise this morning debating the NSW gay adoption bill with Rodney Croome. Video should be up later this morning.

Jim Wallace was also on the 7pm Project on Channel 10 last night, being interviewed on the same topic.

For more information - refer Jim Wallace appears on ‘Sunrise’ and ‘7PM Project’


Opposing same-sex adoption is not bigoted

Peter Kell  - SMH
The optimal family arrangement is for a biological mother and biological father raising their children in a committed long-term relationship. Where this is not possible, the next best arrangement should replicate as closely as possible the primary arrangement of biological mother and father.   This would lead us to err on the side of supporting adoption by heterosexual over same-sex couples to replicate those optimal conditions, in which the unique physical and emotional traits of each parent provide appropriate role modelling and nurturing for the child in a complimentary way.   Under the NSW Adoption Act, the best interests of the child are paramount. The act conforms to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Therefore, the onus is on those supporting an amendment to the Adoption Act to demonstrate the ability by same-sex couples to provide equivalent optimal care.

Keneally to support same-sex adoption

Louise Hall - SMH
Same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt because they can - and do - provide children with unconditional love and a stable home, the Premier, Kristina Keneally, said during an impassioned debate in Parliament last night.   The independent MP for Sydney, Clover Moore, agreed to amend her private member's bill, calling for same-sex couples to be allowed to adopt, to give church adoption agencies the right to refuse services to gay and lesbian couples without fear they will breach anti-discrimination laws by doing so.   Labor and the Coalition will allow their members a conscience vote on the issue when it is put to a vote today.

Treasury finds $7bn hole in Tony Abbott's costings

Dennis Shanahan and Lanai Vasek - The Australian
Treasury's costings of the Coalition's election promises have found a $7 billion hole in the opposition's claim that its election promises and proposals would save $11.5bn over the next four years.   Treasury added that if some of the assumptions that the Coalition had used to come up with the figure did not hold up, the net benefit of its policies could be as low as $500 million.   Treasury's costing of the government's promises and savings proposals suggested Labor's economic plans would raise the underlying cash balance in 2013-14 by $106 million.   The three rural independents who hold the power to decide which side of politics will form a minority government released the costings last night.

PM Julia Gillard's high-risk Greens embrace

Matthew Franklin and Patricia Karvelas - The Australian
Julia Gillard has agreed to a historic pact with the Australian Greens in a bid to end the nation's parliamentary deadlock, promising action on climate change in return for guaranteed support to govern.   The deal includes the establishment of a climate change committee to consider a price on carbon, big changes to the rules on political donations and a major parliamentary debate on the war in Afghanistan.   The Greens will, in effect, have more power than Labor backbenchers, with a promise of regular briefings from the Treasurer and the Finance Minister and the secretaries of their departments as part of the budget process.   When parliament is sitting, the Prime Minister will meet Greens leader Bob Brown and lower house MP Adam Bandt each week to work on the legislative agenda.

Keneally loses another minister as internet porn scandal widens

Imre Salusinszky, NSW political reporter - The Australian
The NSW government has been rocked after revelations Ports Minister Paul McLeay visited adult and gambling sites on his work computer.    Premier Kristina Keneally was forced to sack Mr McLeay yesterday, barely a week after she responded to a dire Newspoll by warning her MPs they needed to lift their personal standards or face annihilation at the state election due next March.   Mr McLeay is the ninth minister or parliamentary secretary to stand aside, resign or be sacked over allegations of personal misbehaviour since the March 2007 state election.

Children flood helpline

Elissa Doherty - Herald Sun
Children aged five are among the rising number of young people seeking help and counselling from the Kids Helpline.   Figures show Victorian children in distress top the nation in calling the line for problems related to mental health, suicide-related concerns, and sexual assaults.   Nationally, sessions rose by 4 per cent in 2009 to 53,111, with counsellors speaking with a young person every 10 minutes. In Victoria there were 12,784 counselling sessions in 2009.   Kids Helpline strategy and research manager John Dalgleish said grief and loss, loneliness, bullying, child abuse and relationship problems were among the biggest problems for younger children, aged 5 to 9.

Coalition offers Andrew Wilkie deal on pokies

Lanai Vasek - The Australian
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie last night extracted an offer from Tony Abbott on measures to tackle addiction to poker machines.   The as-yet confidential offer, which also included upgrades to Hobart Hospital, was made after the Denison MP and the Opposition Leader met for the second time in two days.   Mr Wilkie would not reveal details of the Coalition offer but told The Australian it focused heavily on his call for poker machine reform and improvements to Hobart's hospital.   The former intelligence analyst presented Mr Abbott and Julia Gillard with a 20-point list of priorities on Monday, including $565 million for a redeveloped Royal Hobart Hospital, a conscience vote in parliament on same-sex marriage and an overhaul of poker machine gambling.

Politics is killing the world's children

Tim Costello - The Age
I recently met a woman called Opa, in a tiny village a few hours inland from Madang on the east coast of Papua New Guinea. World Vision had trained her as a birth attendant, but her fellow-trainee had died and she said she was now unable to attend to all of the community's birthing needs. I looked around at the group of nursing mothers and asked how many had children who had died. Hands shot up, and the uniform reply was ''plenty''.   By contrast, the average pregnant Australian woman – if there is such a thing as an ''average'' pregnancy – could expect to see a midwife at least half a dozen times over nine months, as well as a doctor or a gynaecologist if she needed to. Under-five child deaths are almost unheard of, particularly deaths from preventable diseases.  This is not the case in many parts of the world. The tragic, preventable deaths of 9 million children every year is one of the world's largest problems, and this week it has landed on Melbourne's doorstep, where a UN health conference is under way at the Melbourne Conference Centre.