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.




Two-thirds of voters support Gillard government's gambling reforms

Mike Steketee – The Australian

HERE'S something you haven't heard about: 67 per cent of people support the Gillard government. That's right, a two-thirds majority. It is on only one issue -- problem gambling -- but you wouldn't realise it if you were just relying on the noise and fury generated by opponents of reform. To the contrary, the impression created by the rallies abusing any government MP who dares raise his or her head is that the government is under siege on yet another issue.



PM faces revolt over migration law changes

AAP – The Australian

THE federal government is facing another internal revolt over migration law changes that will allow it to resurrect the asylum-seeker swap deal with Malaysia. As well, the coalition has warned its support for the changes is "exceptionally unlikely" because the draft laws strip protections for asylum-seekers. Labor's Left faction will meet in Canberra tomorrow to discuss proposed legislative changes to the Migration Act, released by the government late on Friday.


Customs under pressure over missing boat

Natalie O'Brien – SMH

THE Customs and Border Protection Agency is under pressure to reveal all it knows about a missing asylum seeker boat carrying 105 Hazaras from Afghanistan after being accused of giving contradictory evidence to Federal Parliament. The head of Customs, Michael Carmody, told a Senate estimates committee last year that ''we did not have a precise location'' for the boat, which went missing in October 2009.


Sexualisation of society

Plenty of porn, not as much love

Tara Moss – The Age

When I was in high school, a group of boys in my class got hold of someone's father's Playboy collection and showed it around when the teachers weren't looking. In response to their gloating, I lied about my age and bought a copy of Playgirl magazine. I taped the centrefold to the inside door of the last cubicle of the girls' toilets, and there it was viewed with interest before the game was given away. It's laughable now to imagine how rebellious it was to buy Playgirl, when all you need is an internet connection to see a smorgasbord of sex organs. Those were the days of generic-looking ads for ''marital aids'', the euphemism for pornographic material and sex toys.



Julia Gillard redefines Labor party ethos

Matthew Franklin – The Australian

JULIA Gillard has sought to reposition Labor within the political mainstream, rejecting the Greens as "a party of protest" and vowing to focus her party on preserving individual choice and opportunity. The Prime Minister has also committed her party to embracing small business and enterprise, and continuing to apply "expectations of personal responsibility" on welfare recipients.


Rudd speaks out for women

Stephanie Peatling – SMH

DOMESTIC violence is a ''scourge'' preventing women living in Asia and the Pacific from reaching their full potential, the Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, has told a United Nations forum. ''As a male in the room I need to say one thing and this is that in our part of the world, Asia and the Pacific, there is still an underlying factor which prevents full participation of women in the economy and that is violence against women,'' he said.


Teens learn true dangers of cyberspace

Michael Lallo – The Age

IT'S ''every parent's worst nightmare'', according to the tabloids: the idea that paedophiles are lurking online, trying to befriend and groom their children. Except this never happens to most teenagers, or their friends. Instead, kids fret about the problems that do arise in cyberspace: the embarrassing photos, the name-calling and gossip-mongering, the ill-considered posts they come to regret.