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.



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Classification

Government cyber snoops scouring social media

Noel Towell & Amy McNeilage - The Age

Federal government departments are using increasingly powerful cyber-snooping equipment to monitor the social media lives of millions of Australians. A dramatic public confrontation between the Immigration Department and a Sydney political activist over her Facebook page has resulted in accusations that mass-electronic surveillance is being used to keep tabs on political dissent.


Drugs & Alcohol

New ACT regulations to target synthetic drugs and traffickers

Ben Westcott and Christopher Knaus - Canberra Times

A crackdown on synthetic drugs will be part of an ACT government push to make Canberra's drug laws clearer and more effective. Attorney-general Simon Corbell will announce the new regulations to the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, and says it ensures the right people are punished for drug crimes.


Education

$45m plan to extend schools to year 12


The Examiner

The Tasmanian Government has written to all rural and regional high schools in Tasmania asking for expressions of interest to extend classes to year 12. Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the government's $45.5 million plan would see 21 high schools in rural and regional areas extended to year 12 by 2018, with all high schools extended by the end of 2024.


Health

Models left hungry for more than success at the Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week

The Daily Telegraph

Stepping off the runway, a typically lithe catwalk model made the admission so many spectators have suspected this week: “I would really love something to eat.”


Human Rights

NRL should’ve slammed Stig remarks: Smith


Angela Habashy - Rugby League news

NRL boss David Smith says the governing body has learnt its lesson from their inaction over former Newcastle player Ryan Stig’s anti-gay rant and will come down harshly on any future vilification. Stig became embroiled in controversy last October after making homophobic comments on social media disparaging gay marriage.


Nova Peris links new race act to referendum

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Labor's first indigenous MP, Nova Peris, has accused the federal government of condemning the referendum to acknowledge indigenous Australians in the Constitution “to failure” by pursuing changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.


Politics

Palmer power and other lessons from the Senate by-election

Ray Cassin - Eureka street

There are two types of elections: those that decide who will govern, and those that don't. The Senate re-election that took place in WA last weekend was in the latter category, and pundits rushing to find the key to future politics in the election result should keep that in mind when drawing conclusions.


Overhaul should focus on electoral officialdom

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

For decades Australia has prided itself on having one of the best, if not the best, and fairest election systems in the world. We were in a position to scoff when a US presidential election ground to a halt because of “hanging chads”, and at the variety of electoral systems deployed in various states to elect a president.


Refugees

Witnesses at Manus unrest inquiry 'will not be protected from retribution' 

Paul Farrell - The Guardian 

Australia cannot guarantee legal protection for asylum seekers and private contractors who wish to give potentially damning evidence at the upcoming Senate inquiry into the Manus Island disturbances, the clerk of the Senate has said.


Sexualisation of Society 

SA Attorney-General John Rau wants uniform laws on minors over sexting 

Peter Jean - The Advertiser 

Teenagers caught engaging in consensual “sexting’’ would not face prosecution for child pornography offences under a South Australian Government proposal for a national response to the issue.