The ACL compiles a daily media monitoring services of stories of interest relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. See here to read what's in the news today.



Genetic testing: should you do it?

Fiona Baker First - Herald Sun

Experts predict that within five years we will be able to download all our genetic information onto a memory stick. The big question is: how much do we really want to know about our future health? Jack Thompson has been told his grandchild could be born with a syndrome which could leave him or her severely intellectually disabled.

Children & Family
Lesbian foster couple put six year old boy in girl's clothes and post photos on Facebook

Janet Fife-Yeomans - The Daily Telegraph

A six-year-old boy placed in the care of a lesbian foster couple was dressed in girl's clothes and the humiliating pictures were posted on the couple's Facebook page. One of the women was preparing for a sex change to become a man at the time, while her girlfriend was undergoing fertility treatment.

Drugs & Alcohol
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione blasts blind-drunk teen 'monsters'

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has lashed out at the alcohol abuse that turned a Year 11 formal into a drunken, bloody brawl involving 130 teenagers. In a scathing attack on a night of madness in Darling Harbour, he blasted: "It's the same old formula. Just add grog and they turn into monsters. "Unfortunately this love affair with alcohol sees people behave in a way that is completely out of control and police are left to clean up the mess.

Seeing red over alcohol stupidity
Dr Gordian - The Daily Telegraph

It has been yet another bloody and violent week. Seeing blood is routine in the emergency department and a lot of it comes from alcohol-fuelled violence. At 3am, a 19-year-old was hit by four people, thrown to the ground and hit the side of his head, which resulted in a large gash with blood from the inside of his ear. On the flip side, an 18-year-old male came in at 2am with bleeding and badly broken knuckles from fighting. A 22-year-old female intoxicated in a nightclub was kicked in the head, fell and split open her forehead.

Gamblers in debt recruited as drug mules

Nick Ralston - SMH

Problem gamblers are being recruited from pokie rooms to run drugs interstate and overseas for Asian organised crime syndicates as a way to pay off their debts. Police and gambling counsellors say they are worried about a trend where vulnerable gamblers of all ages - particularly from Asian communities - are becoming drug mules.

Gay rally outside Bob Katter's office


About 70 people have protested outside the office of controversial federal independent MP Bob Katter, in what's been described as Mount Isa's first gay rally.

Right falls in behind Julia Gillard leadership
Imre Salusinsky - The Australian

Labor's most powerful faction has locked in behind Julia Gillard, making a leadership change in the federal government less likely. In an article in The Australian today, the leader of the NSW Right, Sam Dastyari, has declared changes in party leadership should be "rare and infrequent" and "never be allowed to transform into a prevailing culture".

Labor win if Rudd was leader
Michelle Grattan - The Age

Replacing Julia Gillard with Kevin Rudd would take Labor from confronting a landslide defeat to a potentially election-winning position, according to an Age/Nielsen poll that also finds a slump in the PM's approval to her lowest ever. Labor's two-party vote, steady on 42-58 per cent from last month, would jump to 52-48 per cent under Mr Rudd. The former prime minister, ousted more than a year ago, is preferred by 44 per cent of voters as ALP leader, more than twice Ms Gillard's 19 per cent support.

Nation's biggest brothel to bed down in Sydney despite resident objections

Matthew Moore - SMH

Australia's biggest brothel is likley to be built, despite 80 objections to the City of Sydney, provided the owners spend nearly $400,000 on improving the quality of the neighbourhood. The council's planning committee will consider recommendations tonight from the director of planning, Graham Jahn, to support a $12 million proposal to double the size of the existing Stiletto brothel in Camperdown to 40 beds with 21 waiting rooms.

Religious Persecution
Muslims blockade Christian village in Eygpt, demand demolition of church

Christians in the Upper Egyptian village of Elmarinab in Edfu, Aswan province, have been forbidden to leave their homes or buy food until they remove the dome of St. George's Church, which was rebuilt in its previous location. Village Muslims, backed by Muslim Salafists from neighboring villages, have threatened to demolish the church on Friday September 9 after prayers and use it as a mosque. Despite the presence of security forces, Muslims have blocked the roads to the village, refusing passage of any Christians under any circumstance.

PM facing Malaysian deadlock as Coalition refuses to budge on Nauru

Sid Maher - The Australian

Julia Gillard's bid to resurrect her Malaysia Solution for asylum-seekers faces defeat after the opposition last night attacked it on four separate criteria and the Greens warned the Prime Minister against an "unholy alliance" with the Coalition to revive offshore processing. Ms Gillard looks set to overcome internal divisions within Labor to win support for a new Malaysian plan in special cabinet and caucus meetings this morning.

Pope: Riots show UK's lost moral sense of right and wrong
Simon Caldwell - Daily Mail

The Pope yesterday blamed the riots that swept Britain last month on a loss of awareness of what is right and wrong. Benedict XVI said that ‘moral relativism’ had permeated British society to such a degree that many people no longer held shared values and were confused about what constituted wrongful actions.

Pray we have turned the corner
Cardinal George Pell – The Telegraph

When I stumbled down to breakfast the morning after the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, I first thought the headlines were a spoof or an advertisement. The TV pictures seemed to be from a horror film.