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
Church opposes ban on smacking

John Masanauskas - Herald Sun
A major church has backed the right of mums and dads to smack their children. The 600,000-strong Presbyterian Church fears parents could be stopped from using corporal punishment under Victoria's controversial human rights charter. In a submission to a state Parliamentary inquiry, the church said the charter could be used to dump the common law right to smack children provided the force wasn't unreasonable or excessive.

Safeguards in aged care shake-up
Michael Harvey - Herald Sun
People who borrow against their family home to fund nursing-home care will no longer risk owing the bank additional hundreds of thousands of dollars when property values fall. New legal protections for people taking out complex and risky "reverse mortgages" have been unveiled ahead of a recommended overhaul of the aged-care industry.

Yunupingu calls for 'real education', no handouts

Matthew Franklin - The Australian
Aboriginal leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu has called on his people to reject welfare dependence as a killer. But he also demanded more government action to improve the quality of schools. Aligning himself squarely with Cape York counterpart Noel Pearson's long-running campaign against welfare dependence, Mr Yunupingu, a former Australian of the Year, said: "Please, no more, please no more welfare handouts. It's a killer to the Yolngu society."

Ipswich family sleeps in city park

Andrew Korner - Queensland Times
An Ipswich mum and her eight children have been moving from park to park in search of a night’s sleep after being kicked out of their rental property two months ago. Sue-Anne Holland said she was struggling to come up with enough money to feed her young children and keep them warm as she desperately tried to find accommodation.

Tasmanian Labor backs push for gay marriage
ALP will discuss same-sex marriage at its national conference in December, despite Prime Minister Julia Gillard stating she does not support moves to change the Marriage Act. Labor's state secretary in The Tasmanian Labor Party has passed a motion in support of laws allowing gay couples to marry. The Tasmania, John Dowling, says the party will pursue changes to the law.

Gay marriage wins support
Tasmanian Mercury – Michelle Paine
The national campaign for same-sex marriage had a win in Tasmania yesterday with resounding support at the ALP state conference.

Time to say 'I do' to same-sex weddings
SMH – Madeleine Boxall
Love lies at the heart of the principle of marriage equality, writes Madeleine Boxall.
Marriage laws intend to unite a couple in a mutual and binding promise of love and fidelity. Over history, however, marriage has divided more than it has united.

Mandate for gay marriage strengthens
SMH - Eric Jensen
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will be under intense pressure at Labor's national conference in December to endorse same-sex marriage.

New trouble for brothel claim MP Craig Thomson

Steve Lewis – The Daily Telegraph
A Labor MP fighting claims he authorised union funds to pay for prostitutes is under pressure to explain a raft of electoral discrepancies.

Religious Persecution
Muslim extremists in India attack, threaten Christian women

Compass Direct News
Four months after a recent convert to Christianity from Islam in eastern India’s West Bengal state was stripped and beaten, about 50 Muslim extremists yesterday disrupted a prayer meeting held in her home, threatening to burn it down if she did not return to Islam, area Christians said. The extremists warned Selina Bibi of Motijil village in Murshidabad district that if she did not return to Islam, then she must either leave the area or see her house burned down

Lessons to cope with trauma

Melissa Lahoud - SMH
Young refugees must overcome numerous challenges before obtaining a secure footing in Australia and once they do, the focus of many shifts to regaining lost years of schooling. But simply having the right to an education is not always enough for those who are dealing with past trauma and the need to adapt to a new life.