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.



Man punched girlfriend to make her miscarry, court told

Brisbane Times

A man punched a pregnant teenager in the stomach in the hope she would miscarry their baby, a court has heard. The 24-year-old man allegedly attacked his 19-year-old girlfriend at his home at Annerley, in Brisbane's south, on Friday. He was arrested late Friday and charged with attempting to procure an abortion and common assault.

Charities at risk of closing down

Terri Begley – ABC

You may recall last week you heard one in four charities in Queensland are at risk of shutting down because of changes in the way they pay their staff. Under regulation from Fair Work Australia, charities in Queensland will now pay their workers more. The problem is charities will also have to pay out millions in back pay and many won't survive. It's estimated this will cost the charity sector, one that employs more than 60,000 people around $386 million dollars.

Children & Family
Government tightens child abduction laws


The Federal Government has unveiled measures it hopes will deter parents from fleeing overseas with their children during family law disputes. Laws to be introduced into Parliament next year will make such abductions a criminal offence under the Family Law Act, with a maximum penalty of three years' jail.

Drugs & Alcohol
Alcohol stupidity season heats up

Dr Gordian Fulde – The Daily Telegraph

Spring and the warmer weather is always the start of celebration time. We come out of our winter coldness and go out looking to socialise and relax. But parties and schoolies at this time of the year will inevitably attract unnecessary stupidity and trouble.

Cannabis is the drug of choice among South Australian school students
Sheradyn Holderhead – The Advertiser

Cannabis is the drug of choice for students daring to take it on to school grounds, reports show. In one year schools reported almost 50 serious incidents involving drugs, which are detailed in the reports obtained under Freedom of Information. In one incident, two students took cannabis to school and mixed it into cookies made during a cooking class. In others, students were caught using and supplying fellow students with the drug on school grounds.

Opposition to SA euthanasia bill mounting

Aged Care Insight

Doctors and lawyers voice their criticisms of proposed legislation. Opposition is mounting to the latest moves in South Australia to legalise euthanasia. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Law Society of South Australia have already opposed the latest legislation before state parliament.

Tasmania Parliament first to vote in favour of same-sex marriage

David Killick – Herald Sun

The Tasmanian Parliament is set to become the first in Australia to vote in favour of same-sex marriage after Premier Lara Giddings indicated she would support a Greens motion on the issue. Greens leader Nick McKim will today table a motion in support of marriage equality and calling on the Federal Government to reform marriage laws. He says he will push state legislation if Canberra does not act by the end of the year. Ms Giddings said last night the Labor Party would support Mr McKim's motion.

Most Tasmanians support gay marriage
AAP – Herald Sun

Almost six in 10 Tasmanians support same-sex marriage, a survey has found. The Enterprise Marketing and Research Servicespoll, released yesterday, found that 59 per cent of Apple Islanders were in favour of gay marriage, with 35 per cent opposed and six per cent unsure. Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim said the polling showed the support for same-sex marriage in Tasmania was similar to the national average.

Plans for biggest brothel in Australia scuppered

The Daily Telegraph

Plans to build Australia's biggest brothel have been thrown out, with the concept derided as the "Westfield of brothels".Stiletto brothel, in Camperdown, already boasts two floors of rooms with names such as Betty Boob. Its owners wanted to build a $12 million, three-storey extension, featuring 40 sex rooms.City of Sydney councillors rejected the plans last night, having received 80 objections. "This brothel is the Westfield of brothels. We're not prudes, we're not opposed to brothels, but we have a policy of spreading them out," councillor Shayne Mallard said.

Religious Persecution
Chinese believers arrested for attending outdoor service

Michael Ireland - ASSIST News Service

Thirteen Chinese Christian believers were taken into custody by authorities during an outdoor worship service held by the Beijing Shouwang Church on September 11. The gathering was the church’s 23 outdoor service. According to ChinaAid, many believers have been detained at home since Saturday. A report on the ChinaAid website says police from Guangying Police Station took a female believer to a hotel for detention.

Abbott says no deal on PM's asylum seeker solution
Simon Benson and Gemma Jones - The Daily Telegraph

The Malaysia Solution people-swap deal is dead. Tony Abbott yesterday ruled out support for government amendments to revive third-country processing - unless the country is Nauru. Instead, the Opposition Leader will introduce his own amendments, killing off Malaysia and leaving the asylum seeker problem in a political stalemate. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen last night said the government would oppose the amendments, leaving the government without an asylum seeker policy and onshore processing the only option.

Abbott kills off Malaysia plan
Phillip Coorey – SMH

Julia Gillard has little option but to resort to the onshore processing of asylum seekers after Tony Abbott killed off her Malaysia plan and the government vowed to never send asylum seekers to Nauru. After a quick meeting with the Prime Minister, who needs Coalition support for changes to the Migration Act to enable offshore processing, Mr Abbott declared the Coalition would only support changes that allowed asylum seekers to be sent to countries that had signed the United Nations convention on refugees.

Record Newspoll low puts ALP level with minor parties and independents

Dennis shannahan - The Australian

Labor's primary vote has sunk to a record low of 26 per cent and Tony Abbott continues to lead as preferred prime minister. According to the latest Newspoll survey, taken exclusively for The Australian last weekend, the Coalition's primary vote dropped two points from a record 50 per cent two weeks ago to 48 per cent, while Labor's went from a previous record of 27 per cent to 26 per cent. The Greens' support rose one point to 13 per cent and voters gave "others" a two-point rise to 13 per cent. Labor's primary vote is now the same as the combined vote of the Greens and other minor parties and independents for the first time.

You have nothing to fear, says Aussie mufti
Staff writer - Herald Sun

Islamic religious law, or sharia, is often vilified but is really about freedom and tolerance, Australia's new grand mufti says. Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, elected in weekend voting by imams and sheiks, also said sharia corresponded with Australian laws. "The sharia law also calls for freedom, justice, right of speech and this is something we are very fortunate to have," Dr Mohamed told journalists in Sydney yesterday, speaking through an interpreter.

A philosophical Q and A (Iview)

Kristina Keneally, Raimond Gaita, Cristina Rad, Jim Wallace and Gerard Henderson