Media Watch Around The World

Paul Keating: Voluntary euthanasia is a threshold moment for Australia, and one we should not cross

October 20, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: There is probably no more important issue in contemporary bioethics or a more serious ethical decision for our parliaments than that raised by the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 being debated this week in the Victorian Parliament.

Don’t do it: Paul Keating in 11th hour bid to stop euthanasia laws

October 20, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald: Paul Keating has made a dramatic last-minute bid to stop Victoria's Parliament from approving voluntary euthanasia laws as state MPs prepare for their third late-night debate before a vote he characterised as "a threshold moment" for the entire country.

Will Israeli technology render sperm obsolete?

October 19, 2017 Jerusalem Post: With artificial sperm same-sex female couples could produce offspring that carry the genetic information of both female partners.

Controversial Victoria euthanasia bill moves to next debate phase

October 19, 2017 SBS: Victoria's controversial assisted dying bill will move to the next phase of debate after an attempt to have it suspended indefinitely failed.

Same sex marriage: faith protections doomed if Yes prevails, says John Howard

October 18, 2017 The Australian: John Howard is warning that broad protections for religious freedoms are unlikely to pass the Senate if the Yes vote wins, following Labor’s decision to back a same-sex marriage bill proposed by West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith.

Two-thirds of Australians have voted in same-sex marriage postal survey

October 18, 2017 SBS: More than two-thirds of Australians have cast their votes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Respect postal vote legitimacy: Melbourne Archbishop

October 17, 2017 Yahoo 7: The head of Australia's Anglican Church has urged people to respect the legitimacy of the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Victorian Parliament prepares for marathon sitting for euthanasia debate

October 17, 2017 The Age: Opponents of voluntary euthanasia may attempt to delay proposed new laws by requesting amendments if they cannot block.

Is living without a shared religion reason to rejoice?

October 17, 2017 The Guardian: We are exceptional. It’s important to know that we are different,” former British Museum director Neil MacGregor said about Britain last week. “We are a very unusual society. We are trying to do something that no society has really done.” Get off the fence, Neil! Are you for Brexit or against?

Anglican church sprayed with ‘Vote Yes, bash bigots’

October 16, 2017 CHOOSE: A church has been tagged with vile 'bash bigots' graffiti - even though it isn't telling parishioners how to vote on gay marriage.

The forgotten Christians of Nigeria

October 16, 2017 Fox News: “Don’t go. I swore I would never go back there,” came the voice of my friend Jay Smith on a trans-Atlantic Skype call. “I’ve been in over sixty countries. I’ve been all over Africa. I lived there, and I’ve never felt unsafe the way I did in that country. There is something especially terrifying about that place.”

Same-sex marriage: Governments should ‘keep out of the bedroom’ Catholic Archbishop says

October 16, 2017 ABC News: Sydney's Archbishop Anthony Fisher has urged parishioners in a Sunday congregation at St Mary's Cathedral in the city's CBD to maintain clarity about the definition of "real marriage".

Sydney Archbishop says Catholics could lose their jobs if ‘Yes’ vote prevails

October 15, 2017 The Australian: Religious believers would be vulnerable to discrimination suits and some could lose their jobs, promotions, businesses and political careers if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney says.

Reverend’s pledge to victims of domestic violence

October 14, 2017 Wollondilly Advertiser: The prevalence of domestic violence in Campbelltown has been evident in the eight years since Campbelltown Anglican churches Senior Minister Reverend Nigel Fortescue moved to the area.

Yes campaign benefits from tax deductible donations

October 13, 2017 The Australian: The Yes campaign is benefiting from tax deductible donations made to partner charity organisations to help fund their push to win the same sex marriage postal survey.

Gay marriage vote, Australia: What percentage of Yes is needed for SSM?

October 13, 2017 AS THE closing date for the same-sex marriage postal survey nears, thoughts are turning to the final result and what percentage needs to be achieved for it to be accepted.

Dutton says he’s working to protect religious freedom

October 13, 2017 The Guardian: Immigration minister says it is parliament’s responsibility to protect clerics, celebrants, wedding cake makers and flower sellers.

Peter Dutton: I share John Howard’s concerns on SSM

October 13, 2017 The Australian: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has spoken with former prime minister John Howard about concerns both men have over religious protections should Australians vote Yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Anglican Bishop of North West Australia threatens to ditch registering marriages

October 12, 2017 The West Australian: The conservative Anglican bishop of north-west WA is threatening to abandon registering marriages if the Yes vote prevails in the same-sex marriage survey and religious protections are weak.

St Matthews Anglican Church in Windsor commemorates 200 years

October 11, 2017 St Matthews Anglican Church commemorates 200 years: St Matthews Anglican Church commemorates 200 years.