ACL compiles a daily media monitoring service of stories of interest to the Christian constituency relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. Visit the ACL’s website each day to see what’s of interest in the news. Please note that selection of the articles does not represent ACL endorsement of the content.



I'll protect abortion rights, says Gillard

Stephanie Peatling - SMH

Labor will always support and protect access to publicly funded abortions, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised in yet another pitch to the female vote. In what are believed to be her most outspoken comments on the issue, Ms Gillard told a dinner held by the Australian Medical Association on Wednesday night that vigilance was required to "protect the progress we've made, particularly in women's health".

Bioethics and Health

Grim Reaper back to help kill AIDS in Qld

Herald Sun

The Grim Reaper will hit Queensland's TV screens from next month to steer the state away from a feared second peak in AIDS. The ad features catchphrases such as "We shouldn't be making this ad" and "We shouldn't be having this conversation", alongside a fleeting appearance of the Grim Reaper. HIV diagnosis in Queensland has doubled from 2.8 per cent per 100,000 people in 2001 to 5.4 per cent in 2010.

Queensland resurrects Grim Reaper as HIV rates double

Michael McKenna - The Australian

The Grim Reaper of the 1980s AIDS awareness campaign has been resurrected in new Queensland government advertising to combat the rise of HIV infections in the state over the past decade. The return of the Reaper - which was deemed offensive in the original campaign by some in the gay community - has been deliberately revived to spark debate over the continuing risk of infection despite advances in the treatment of the disease.


Fiji says No to suicide clinic

Michael Cook - Bio Edge|

Australian euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke seems to have jumped the gun by telling the media that the South Pacific island of Fiji was considering his plans for establishing a suicide clinic in the city of Nadi. He envisages a southern hemisphere version of Dignitas offering assisted suicide at budget prices. However, the project seems doomed in the deeply Christian and conservative nation.


Call for end to perverted race based welfare

Jeff Waters - ABC

One of Australia's foremost Indigenous thinkers is calling for an end to race-based entitlement. In a landmark speech at the Melbourne Writers' Festival on Sunday night, the University of Melbourne's Chair of Indigenous Studies, Professor Marcia Langton, proposed a social security and wider policy system based only on economic need, and not Aboriginality.

Quieter, greyer, but unbowed: Noel Pearson fights on

Caroline Overington - The Australian

It has been a while since anyone has seen Noel Pearson and there is a reason for that - he's had cancer. It's the curable kind, for which Pearson, now 47, is grateful, not least to the God he came to know as a barefoot boy growing up in a dusty town of Hope Vale in Queensland's Cape York.


Vermont inn, two women settle gay marriage lawsuit

Dave Gram - Businessweek

Two New York women and a Vermont ountry inn have settled a lawsuit that accused the business of refusing to host the couple's wedding reception. The American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and to place $20,000 in a charitable trust. Under the settlement, the inn also agreed it would no longer host weddings and their receptions. The innkeepers' lawyer, Jim Campbell, said they had decided previously to end that part of their business.

To love and to submit: a marriage made in 2012

Kelly Burke - SMH

Brides will be promising to submit to their husbands under a new marriage vow the Anglican diocese of Sydney is expected to approve at its synod in October. It requires the minister to ask of the bride: ''Will you honour and submit to him, as the church submits to Christ?'' and for her to pledge ''to love and submit'' to her husband.

Scottish Catholic priests' letter condemns gay marriage

BBC News

Roman Catholic priests are to read out a letter in each of the Church's parishes in Scotland criticising the Scottish Government for plans to introduce gay marriage. Last week the leader of the Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, broke off discussions about the issue with the First Minister, Alex Salmond. The church has declared 26 August as National Marriage Sunday.


Northern Territory cry over loss of faith in progressives

Amos Aikman - The Australian

The Northern Territory election result was a cry from the bush by people who have felt they have been shouting into a dead ear for all too long. Candidates like Francis Xavier Maralampuwi, a traditional man who once stood for Labor preselection, went through a long period of contemplation before deciding to join the conservative opposition Country Liberal Party. Besides being a conservative victory, the win also has a distinctly Catholic tinge, with several Catholic candidates and strong conservative support in former Catholic missions.

[ACL : Congratulations to Terry Mills on becoming new NT chief minister. He was kind enough to attend ACL's MiC event, for which Paul Henderson declined.]

Labor brand damage among Christians in rural seats partly to blame for NT election result

Lyle Shelton - International

The Australian Christian Lobby said the Northern Territory election outcome reinforced its prediction that the heavily Christian indigenous communities would reject the Labor brand when it is so tainted with its association with the Greens and their faith-offensive policies. Commenting on NT Labor President Senator Trish Crossin’s statement that this might be “the first time in this nation's history, in any state or territory, the outcome has been decided by people in the bush, indigenous people," Mr Wallace said part of that backlash is from indigenous Christians who have been repelled by Federal Labor’s compromising the definition of marriage.

CLP sweeps to power in Northern Territory


The Country Liberal Party (CLP) has seized power in the Northern Territory, bringing to an end 11 years of Labor rule. "Tonight Territorians have spoken and I respect their decision," outgoing Chief Minister Paul Henderson said as he conceded the Australian Labor Party had lost the election. "My best wishes to [CLP leader] Terry Mills, as he and the CLP will form the next government," Mr Henderson said at an ALP function in Darwin.

Poll gives Labor glimmer of hope

Phillip Coorey - Sydney Morning Herald

Support for the federal government has inched up to a six-month high and Julia Gillard has edged ahead of Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister but the Coalition would still win in a canter if an election were held today. The latest Herald/Nielsen poll shows that two months since the carbon price began, the policy remains unpopular but more than half of voters, or 54 per cent, feel it has made no difference.

Greens spent force says gloating Labor

Andrew Clennell - The Daily Telegraph

The future of the Greens as a political force has been dealt a major blow after their candidate failed to make a dent in the Labor vote in the by-election for the southeast Sydney seat of former premier Kristina Keneally.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Arab Spring now a Christian nightmare

Salim Mansur - QMI Agency

In the 1990s, western democracies stepped forward to stop ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia by dispatching NATO forces in support of UN peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. The disintegration of Yugoslavia precipitated ethnic strife, and like all such struggles anywhere in the world, the Balkan conflict was complex and layered with history of grievances, identity politics, and religious bigotry. If one reaches back to the early years of the last century, this region was a cauldron of ethno-nationalism that ignited the First World War. Some 16 years later, the so-called Arab Spring mirrors the conflict that ripped through the Balkans.


Refugees on hunger strike in Australia


Up to 100 asylum-seekers in detention in Australia were on hunger strike Sunday after being informed they would be transferred to a remote Pacific island under a tough new refugee policy. An immigration department spokesman said "around 100" asylum-seekers being held at the Christmas Island detention centre had launched the strike on Saturday night after they were told they would be sent to Nauru.