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. MarriageIdea of gay marriage slowly expandsTom Dusevic - The Australian
One of the moments that lives in the mind was when Janice Waters from Old Toongabbie challenged the Prime Minister on same-sex marriage. Gillard reeled off Labor's policy and her own belief: marriage was between a man and a woman and there would be no change to the Marriage Act.In bed with conservatives on gay marriage but are we buying it?Julie Szego - The Sydney Morning Herald
So where does the Australian public stand on gay marriage? The question floated about last week, as the Howard government's Marriage Act, affirming the exclusively heterosexual nature of the institution, reached an itchy seven years. And those who know precisely where they stand put their convictions on colourful display and invited the public to make a choice. Given compromise isn't possible on this issue - you can't be a little married, just as you can't be a little bit pregnant - whose camp would you rather be in?ChaplaincyReligion is not a state obligationTim Soutphommasane - The Australian
SHOULD the federal government be funding school chaplains in state schools?Religious PersecutionMuslim terrorists put chokehold on food to ChristiansMichael Carl - World Net Daily
Members of Somalia's jihadi group al-Shabaab are on a campaign to starve the country's Christians by preventing food from being delivered to them, according to ministry groups working in the chaotic region.Children and FamilyTaking sides over shacking upAdele Horin - The Sydney Morning Herald
Children are now more likely to be living with two biological parents who have never married each other than with a parent who is divorced.
GamblingOdds interest kids in betting, probe toldLisa Martin - The Sydney Morning Herald
Exposure to live sports odds could be grooming children to be future problem gamblers, an inquiry has heard.
A parliamentary committee hearing in Canberra on Friday took evidence that children as young as seven were showing interest in gambling.