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.


Children & Family
Govt seizes 663 kids from families
Peter Weekes – Northern Rivers Echo

Last financial year 663 children across northern NSW were removed from their families by the Family and Community Services department. The region has the second largest number of children removed in the state, according to figures obtained by The Northern Star. That took the number of children in the department's care across the region at the end of June last year to 2950 - again the second highest in the state behind the Hunter/Central Coast region.

Boomers go bust over kids
Bina Brown – SMH

A gentle shove out the door might be just the trick for adult children. With Gen Y staying at home well into their 20s, it's proving expensive for the parents paying the bills. The expression ''you have to be cruel to be kind'' could not be more appropriate than for the growing number of ''kids'' still living at home with their parents long past their teen years.

City's threat to families
Vikki Campion – The Daily Telegraph

Sydney's focus on high-density housing threatened traditional family lifestyles and could cause lower fertility rates, a renowned demographer has warned. Academic Joel Kotkin has studied the trends in fertility in cities around the globe. Sydney needed suburbia for families as it faced a "grey tsunami" of retiring boomers and a low fertility rate of 2 per cent, he told the Property Council of Australia's Cities Summit.

Drugs & Alcohol
Public numb to booze abuse
Nick Ralston – SMH

Senior police are concerned the public is becoming desensitised to alcohol-related violence after three serious incidents at the weekend, including a man who allegedly went on a drunken rampage in a stolen taxi. Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford yesterday said the problem was not necessarily the late night trading hours of pubs and clubs but the drinking culture that now existed.

Most support private school funding: survey
Andrew Stevenson – SMH

With the much-anticipated Gonski review panel about to head behind closed doors to write its final report, the independent schools lobby has released a survey showing nearly three-quarters of all parents support the present levels of private school funding. The telephone survey of 1000 parents by UMR Research was done for the Association of Independent Schools and builds on similar surveys in 2001 and 2009.

Doctors, lawyers oppose euthanasia bill

Doctors and lawyers in South Australia have opposed the latest moves in state parliament to legalise euthanasia. A bill backed by Labor MP Steph Key would give doctors a legal defence if they accelerated the death of a terminally ill patient whose pain could not be alleviated. It will be subject to a conscience vote and returns to parliament for a third reading later this month.

Big-money bid to stop euthanasia laws
Russell Emmerson & Sarah Martin –The Advertiser

The head of one of Australia's largest stockbroking firms is trying to block South Australia's voluntary euthanasia legislation.Ord Minnett executive chairman Karl Morris has hired his friend, former Queensland Liberal senator Santo Santoro, to lobby our MPs against the euthanasia Bills is now before the South Australian Parliament. The move comes as the Opposition accuses the Government of trying to sneak through legislation which provides a defence for medical practitioners for ending a patient's life.

Overseas Aid
Keneally named aid group ambassador

Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has been named ambassador to the aid group Opportunity International Australia, which provides financial help in developing countries. The organisation supports microfinance companies in countries such such as Indonesia and India, so they can give people living in poverty small loans to start their own businesses, and better support themselves and their families.

Children remain challenge in Malaysia plan
Kirsty Needham – SMH

Any move to make it easier to deport lone asylum-seeker children will be open to challenge, and controversial. An Australian National University legal expert, Donald Rothwell, said there were common law obligations that applied to children, as well as obligations stemming from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Tony Abbott stalls on bid to legalise Malaysia refugee deal
Matthew Franklin – The Australian

Tony Abbott is withholding support for Julia Gillard's plan to create a law to legitimise her Malaysia Solution asylum-seeker policy, throwing the nation's immigration regime into doubt for at least another week. And while the Prime Minister stared down critics from Labor's Left to win caucus support for the move, the Greens have declared her proposal shameful and will seek to delay its progress by moving for a Senate inquiry.

Gillard wins ALP backing on asylum
Phillip Coorey – SMH

Julia Gillard's hopes of reviving the Malaysia plan are hanging by a thread with the opposition agreeing to consider her plea to support legislation to overrule the High Court ruling but threatening ultimately to reject it. Sentiment in the Coalition remains firmly against doing anything that would help the beleaguered government and it will leave it hanging for another week before responding. ''We're likely to oppose it,'' a senior Coalition source said last night

Sexualisation of Society
Sydney's community television station launch new reality TV show featuring near-naked women
Tim Vollmer – The Daily Telegraph

Mix together near-naked women, flash cars and a world-class airbrush artist and you get a controversial new reality show that Sydney's community television station hopes will spruce up the industry. For 30 years Penrith artist Wayne Harrison has created art for the masses, painting everything from Harley Davidsons to jumbo jets.

Gay blood donations to be allowed soon in UK
Ananya – MedicalNet

Soon the lifetime ban on blood donations by homosexual and bisexual men will be lifted in England, Scotland and Wales. Ministers have agreed to let men who have not had sex with another man in the past 12 months to donate from November. The restrictions were put in place in the 1980s to prevent the risk of HIV contamination. However, the latest medical evidence presented to a government panel argued the ban could no longer be justified.

NSW Labor to lose out in election funds change
Sean Nicholls – SMH

Spending by unions during an election campaign will be significantly curtailed and they will be banned from paying millions of dollars in affiliation fees to the NSW Labor Party under a proposed shake-up of election funding laws in NSW. A bill introduced to Parliament yesterday by the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, also bans political donations from corporations and other groups by allowing them only by individuals on the electoral roll.

Expect snap poll if Rudd is restored, says Bishop
Phillip Coorey – SMH

The federal opposition has been advised to prepare for a snap election should Labor replace Julia Gillard with Kevin Rudd. Following the Herald/Nielsen poll yesterday that showed Mr Rudd at the helm would restore Labor to an election-winning lead, the Deputy Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop, told a meeting of the shadow ministry that the Coalition must be ready for such a move.