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.


Charities & NFP

Fed govt cuts red tape for charities


Charities will have their paperwork reduced after the federal government announced changes to the commonwealth grant guidelines. Assistant treasurer David Bradbury announced the measures, that will build on moves to set up a national regulator of charities, at a not-for-profit sector conference in Sydney on Wednesday.

Children & Family

Houses worth less than loans on them

Stephen McMahon - The Daily Telegraph

More than 35 per cent of homebuyers who purchased the properties after 2008 are facing the prospect of being in negative equity. And analysts warn that those homeowners with negative equity - their house being worth less than they owe on it - are likely to stay in that scenario for up to six years as property values remain "soggy" for some time to come. The damaging JP Morgan report, released yesterday, comes as the Reserve Bank released the monthly minutes from its October meeting, which points to further rate cuts on Melbourne Cup Day.


Swear if you dare, but be careful where they might hear you

Anna Patty - SMH

Swearing in public is an offence, but the severity of the penalty varies widely depending on where you are at the time. Using offensive language on a railway station or train attracts a $400 fine in NSW, but if it is on a bus or ferry, the penalty is $300. If you are in Parramatta Park at the time, the fine is just $100. Fines for threats and intimidation also vary depending on the subject. If the threats are made against a forestry commission officer, the fine is $500, but if made against a tow truck driver, the fine is more than four times higher - $2200.

Drugs & Alcohol

SA Government wants to ban discounted alcohol, breakable glasses after midnight with new Late Night Trading Liquor Code

Cameron England - Adelaide Now

Discounted alcohol and the use of breakable glassware would be banned after midnight in late night entertainment venues under new measures being considered by the SA State Government. Venues would also be banned from serving shots after 2am and would have to lock-out new customers after 3am. It comes as the Australian Hotels Association says outdoor public drinking should be limited to specific organised events to help curb street violence.


The next big thing in sex-ed: the evil of heterosexism

Carolyn Moynihan - Mercator Net

If you were worried about sex education classes that encouraged sexual relations between teenage girls and boys, you might now have something even more serious on your plate: indoctrination of kids against "heterosexism". A report in the Australian Daily Telegraph today reveals that a programme teaching that it is wrong to regard heterosexuality as the norm for relationships is being piloted in 12 schools in the Australian state of New South Wales.


Anti pokies campaigners are taking the fight to the supermarket checkout

Nine MSN

Activist group GetUp! is urging its thousands of members to write and deliver letters to Woolworths about its ownership of poker machines when they next pass through the registers. They hope an "avalanche of letters" will get the attention of the board and chief executive ahead of an extraordinary general meeting on November 22.


A major increase in HIV infections

Tom Nightingale - ABC

Figures released today show that the public health goal of a generation of Australians free of HIV and AIDS is under renewed challenge. The latest data shows infections last year were 8 per cent higher than the year before, and about double the new infection numbers of a decade ago.

Human Rights

Advancing human rights in Australia

Frank Brennan - Crikey

I am delighted to participate in this conference 'Human Rights Matters!' marking Anti-Poverty Week 2012. I applaud Catholic Social Services Victoria, the St Vincent de Paul Society, Social Policy Connections, ACOSS, the Public Interest Law Clearing House, UnitingCare Community Options, and Women's Housing Ltd for this initiative. I note that some of the sponsoring bodies have been at the forefront of novel developments in human rights protection in Canberra.


Rudd: put the House in order

Phillip Coorey - Sydney Morning Herald

The former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has called for an end to the culture of personal attack in Australian politics, saying it has become so bad it is chipping away at the credibility of democracy. In a wide-ranging interview on the ABC's Lateline program on Wednesday night, Mr Rudd, who has been busy campaigning in marginal seats, said ''there is a deep worry about the way we are going'' and ''people are hankering for a policy debate''.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Emilie and Sonya Welch plead guilty to sharing sexual health certificate while working in brothels

Jasmin Lill - The Courier-Mail

Two sisters who worked as escorts at Brisbane brothels have faced court after they shared the same sexual health certificate. Emilie Jayne Welch, 22, and Sonya Nita Welch, 19, both of The Gap, faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday where they pleaded guilty to imposition between May and August this year at Cleos on Nile at Woolloongabba.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Sulawesi: missing policemen found dead, fears of new Christian-Muslim violence

Mathias Hariyadi - Asia News

The city is back in the limelight for acts of violence and terror probably related to Muslim extremism, this after years of relative calm following a peace accord signed in 2001 by radical Muslim groups and Protestant Christian movements. In the past few days, the port city of Posos in central Sulawesi has been the scene of attacks against Christian-owned buildings. Two missing policemen, who were investigating one recent attack, were found yesterday, stabbed to death, their bodies hurriedly buried.


Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's misogyny speech forces Macquarie Dictionary to update its definition

Herald Sun

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's fiery speech about sexism and misogyny has even forced the word watchers to take note. Macquarie Dictionary has announced it is broadening the definition of the word "misogyny". As it stands, the reference book says misogyny is a hatred of women, the kind that's pathological.

That speech shattered the myth of equality

Melanie Fernandez - SMH

On the same day the Macquarie Dictionary changed its definition of misogyny, and a report claimed Australian women are the most economically empowered in the world, the Women's Electoral Lobby celebrated its 40th anniversary in NSW.

Holy See rebukes anti-Islam video

Tom Kington - SMH

The Vatican has distanced itself from a row over Muslims in Europe triggered by the showing at a synod of a video that claims ''Europe as we know it will cease to exist''. Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Vatican's council for justice and peace - and seen as a possible future pope - played the video in a discussion period on Saturday during a synod attended by 262 bishops from across the world.