ACL compiles a daily media monitoring service of stories of interest to the Christian constituency relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc.



Visit the ACL’s website each day to see what’s of interest in the news. Please note that selection of the articles does not represent ACL endorsement of the content.



 



Politics



Tony Abbott bounces back in latest Newspoll



AAP Newscorp Australia Network

VOTER support for Tony Abbott and the coalition is on the rise in NSW, South Australia and Western Australia, according to the latest Newspoll.


LNP considers plot for back-up leader to Campbell Newman in case he loses Ashgrove seat



Steven Wardill - The Courier Mail

A PLOT to install an alternative leader to Premier Campbell Newman in dumped former minister Bruce Flegg’s blue-ribbon electorate of Moggill is being secretly considered within the LNP.


Church News



Vatican Synod Tests The Pope's Vision Of A More Merciful Church



Sylvia Poggioli - NPR



Pope Francis has summoned bishops from all over the world to Rome to discuss issues concerning families – including hot-button issues like artificial contraception and gay civil unions.





Hillsong leader Brian Houston to be questioned about father’s abuse



Dan Box - The Australian





A FOUNDER of the Hillsong Church will give evidence to a royal commission hearing investigating the abuse of children committed by his father.


Victim horrified to learn alleged abuser continues to preach in Papua New Guinea



Rory Callinan - SMH

When David McNamara first complained to the Catholic Church in the 1990s that he had been sexually abused in a church-run home, he believed his abuser would face justice.


Refugees



Four-year budget of $20 million spent in one year to stop the boats



Sarah White - SMH

Elaborate advertising campaigns commissioned by the Labor and Abbott governments to stop refugees seeking protection in Australia have cost taxpayers almost $23 million in one year.


Education



Transgender, lesbian and gay students fight for their rights at South Australian schools



Miles Kemp - The Advertiser

TRANSGENDER and gay students are being banned from hugging, playing opposite-sex sports and wearing uniforms of their choice, prompting calls for South Australian schools to deal with discrimination and bullying.


Employment



State election: Labor vows to create 100,000 jobs over next four years in Victoria



Michelle Ainsworth - Herald Sun

A PROMISE to create 100,000 jobs over the next four years is at the centre of Labor’s Jobs Plan released today.


Abbott government abandons plan to make job seekers apply for 40 jobs a month



Latika Bourke - SMH

Plans to make job seekers apply for 40 jobs a month have been abandoned following an angry backlash.


Defense

Syria-Iraq mission can benefit from the lessons of Afghanistan



David Kilcullen - The Australian





AUSTRALIANS go to war this week, almost 13 years to the day since the war in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001. If those years teach us anything, it’s that war is chaotic, its consequences profoundly destabilising and its outcomes impossible to predict.


Special forces set to move into Iraq



David Wroe - SMH

Australian special forces have been cleared to start work on the ground in Iraq, helping local forces as they face the grinding task of driving Islamic State fighters out of their stronghold towns and cities.