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.




Abortion doctor knew he had hepatitis C, court told

Andrea Petrie - The Age

A former abortion clinic doctor accused of infecting more than 50 patients with hepatitis C between 2008 and 2009 had been aware he had the virus for more than 10 years, a court has heard. The committal hearing for anaesthetist James Latham Peters began at the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday so the doctor who diagnosed him could give evidence. He is terminally ill.


The Human Centipede II to be resubmitted to the Classification Review Board

Luke Buckmaster - Crikey

Monster Pictures, the Australian distributor of gross-out horror film The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) — which was banned last week by the Classification Review Board (CRB) after initially being given an R rating in May — will submit an edited version of the film for reclassification this Friday. Cinetology can confirm that a hearing at the CRB is booked in for Friday morning and the results should be known by late next week.

Drugs & Alcohol

Mexican drug cartels profiting from high local cocaine prices: police

Mark Schliebs - The Australian

Authorities are struggling to combat Mexican drug cartel operations in Australia, with the NSW Crime Commission revealing that importations can get back up and running within months of key players being locked up. The relentlessness of the cartels in trafficking cocaine into the country is proving a major concern for law enforcement agencies, with some bosses never setting foot in Australia, conducting most meetings face-to-face in Mexico and using covert communication methods to avoid interception.


Whalers set for Antarctic conflict

Andrew Darby - SMH

The Japanese whaling fleet is said to be near to leaving for the Antarctic under beefed up security. Japan Coast Guard officers are reported by Tokyo media to be preparing to protect the whalers, who were forced out of the Southern Ocean by Sea Shepherd activists last summer.


Death on wheels: Dutch to send mobile clinics to euthanise people in their own homes

Simon Caldwell - UK Daily Mail

The Dutch government is considering plans to use mobile medical teams which would administer euthanasia to people in their homes. The units, dubbed 'grim reapers on wheels' by critics, will be called in to kill patients when their own GPs refuse to administer lethal drugs.


Father Riley riles charities by fighting pokie reforms

Michael Atkin - ABC

Leaders in the charity sector have questioned the wisdom of a prominent youth worker who has joined Clubs Australia to fight against the Government's proposed poker machine reforms. The founder of Youth off The Streets, Father Chris Riley has become the face of the club's campaign against the reforms, which include mandatory pre-commitment technology on poker machines.

Priest too quick to discard pre-commitment technology

Evan Ellis - Catholic News

Father Chris Riley’s decision to back Clubs Australia’s campaign against the Federal Government’s proposed poker machine reforms has surprised many. The smiling face of the Youth off the Streets founder will now adorn the signature green, gold and white flyers of the Clubs and Pubs campaign. After the shock wore off, I found the candour refreshing. Here was a man disagreeing with the proposed changes and nailing his colours to the mast – a healthy starting point for debate if ever there was.

Poker machine company gave money to priest's charity

Leesha McKenny, Phillip Coorey - SMH

Father Chris Riley, the latest face in the clubs' campaign to block pokies reform, accepted $50,000 for a youth centre operated by his charity from Len Ainsworth, the founder of Australia's largest gaming machine company, Aristocrat Leisure. Father Riley's charity, Youth Off The Streets, also appears to have a longstanding connection with the Ainsworths - Mr Ainsworth's daughter-in-law, Anna Ainsworth, has been on the board of the charity since 2002 and was its chairwoman from 2008 until early this year.

Payout over pokies is anything but a jackpot

Letters - SMH

Father Chris Riley may not appreciate it, but in joining the cause of Clubs Australia he is playing partisan politics (''Pokie clubs play an ace in battle to prevent changes'', December 7).


Plan to cut indigenous jail rate

A new Queensland State Government plan aims to cut the shocking rate of imprisonment of indigenous Queenslanders. The Indigenous Justice Just Futures Strategy released today aims to tackle what it says are the underlying causes of indigenous crime - poverty, unemployment, and alcohol and drug abuse. Indigenous people are almost 12 times more likely to wind up in prison than non-indigenous people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships Minister Curtis Pitt says.


Legend condemns gay marriage

Bridget Lacy - The West Australian

WA tennis legend Margaret Court has slammed the push to legalise gay marriage, saying she wants to "protect families". The Rev. Court urged Australians to make a stand against gay marriage, saying no human law could ever change God's divine laws. The Rev. Court, who is regarded as the greatest female player of all time, believes Australia needs to wake up as a nation to protect future generations.

Marriage changes will end in court: lawyer

Paul Osborne - Nine Msn

A prominent human rights lawyer says any change to federal law to allow gay marriage is likely to be challenged in the High Court of Australia. Labor backbencher Stephen Jones will bring a private member's bill to parliament in early 2012 to change the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act. Jesuit priest and academic Fr Frank Brennan, writing in the online magazine Eureka Street, said he had no doubt there would be a High Court challenge if the bill passed parliament.

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Human rights not the issue

Paul Dobbyn - Catholic Leader

Brisbane archdiocese's apostolic administrator Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett and Catholic ethicist Dr Ray Campbell have cautioned against "deceptive arguments" which portray same-sex marriage as a human rights issue. "A good deal can be done to reassure the basic instinct of the majority of Australians that marriage is not a matter of equality for all," Bishop Jarrett said. "Marriage has no equal: it is a unique bond between a man and a woman."

US takes gay rights fight to international stage


The United States has put the fight against gay and lesbian discrimination at the heart of its foreign policy, but stopped short of warning transgressor nations they could be stripped of US aid. President Barack Obama has ordered all government agencies that play an active foreign policy role to take steps to encourage foreign nations to put a premium on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Same-sex debate reignites

Noel Towell - The Canberra Times

The gay marriage debate is set to reignite today when the ACT Government launches a renewed push for greater recognition of Canberra's same-sex couples. The move, a revival of the ACT's 2006 Civil Unions Act, could force a showdown on the divisive issue next year in the Federal Parliament, which has the power to disallow a piece of territory legislation.


Labor now practises what Greens preach

Paul Sheehan – SMH

When the Australian people voted in last year's federal election, most of them did not vote for the Greens nor did they endorse a Coalition government involving the Greens. But that's what they got. In the vote for the House of Representatives, where government is decided, 94 per cent of the adult population voted and 88 per cent of their collective primary vote went to parties other than the Greens. Yet in the ensuing 15 months all the big policy shifts by the Gillard government - none of which was put to the electorate - have been towards core policies of the Greens.

Labor soul-searching uncovers election complacency

Phillip Coorey - SMH

The Labor movement, from the federal government down, rested on its laurels after saving the nation from the global financial crisis and thought it had the next election in the bag. Even as Labor's election campaign was running off the rails, there was still a belief in the ranks that ''Labor was headed for a comfortable win''.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

France considers prostitution ban


In a call to respect the republican ethics, the French National Assembly is to debate abolishing prostitution by criminalizing payment for sex in the latest crackdown on the spreading routine in Europe. The resolution urges abolition at a time when "prostitution seems to be becoming routine in Europe," the BBC reported on Tuesday, December 6.

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Religious Freedom & Persecution

Lahore, false accusation of blasphemy against a Christian. Fears for his life

Jibran Khan - Asia News

A builder of 25 has been falsely accused of having ripped and burned pages of the Koran by a Muslim known for his hatred toward non-Muslims. The police registered the complaint despite the intervention of religious leaders. Fanatic groups threaten to kill him.


Faster release of boat minors likely: govt


The federal government intends to fast-track the release of Indonesian minors being held in Australian jails on people-smuggling charges. The move follows talks between Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor and Indonesian officials in Jakarta this week.