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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Drugs & Alcohol

Reducing blood alcohol limit to 0.02 would cut Australia's road toll, study finds

ABC News

Fewer people would die on Australia's roads if the blood-alcohol limit for motorists was lowered to 0.02, according to a study. The Monash University Accident Research Centre compared drink-driving limits in different jurisdictions around the world to analyse the link to road fatalities.


Education

Lack of interest cancels religious program at Allansford primary school

Rachael Houlihan - The Standard

Allansford and District Primary School is the first in Victoria to announce it will scrap a controversial religious program. Only 16 per cent of the school’s pupils would have been attending the classes after parents overwhelming rejected the Special Religious Instruction (SRI) lessons.


Euthanasia

Don't make our mistake: As assisted suicide bill goes to Lords, Dutch watchdog who once backed euthanasia warns UK of 'slippery slope' to mass deaths

Steve Doughty - Daily Mail

Legalising assisted suicide is a slippery slope toward widespread killing of the sick, MPs and peers were told yesterday. A former euthanasia supporter warned of a surge in deaths if Parliament allowed doctors to give deadly drugs to their patients.


Voluntary euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke under investigation by doctors' regulator AHPRA

Caitlyn Gribbin - ABC

Voluntary euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke is being investigated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, which supervises the registration of doctors qualified to practice.


Human Rights

Tolerance squeezing out conviction


Peter Kurti - On Line Opinion

Questions about how much freedom religious believers should enjoy to express their faith and dutiful obedience to a supreme being have been in the news more frequently in recent days.


Indigenous

Warren Mundine calls for immediate release of 'game-changing' Indigenous employment and training report


ABC

The Prime Minister's chief advisor on Indigenous affairs, Warren Mundine, is calling for the immediate release of report on Indigenous employment and training. Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest was commissioned to review training and employment and develop a national employment strategy for Indigenous Australians.


Politics

Newspoll shows WA voters deserting Colin Barnett for Greens and independents


Paige Taylor - The Australian

The West Australian Liberal-Nationals are neck-and-neck with Labor for the first time since the days before the 2008 state election. A Newspoll taken exclusively for The Australian between April and June has found primary support for major West Australian parties has fallen since December last year while the Greens’ improvement in WA is even more marked than in other states.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Canada prostitution bill likely unconstitutional, says Swedish expert


The Canadian Press

One of the architects of Sweden’s anti-prostitution strategy — a model the Conservatives are trying to emulate — says the government’s proposed new law is likely unconstitutional.


Refugees

Asylum seekers' plea: Let Australians adopt our children


Sarah Whyte - SMH

On Wednesday, it was reported that up to 12 women on Christmas had attempted suicide in the belief that if they were dead their children would be settled in Australia. The Immigration Department refuted those claims on Wednesday, saying: ''The minister is advised reports of multiple suicide attempts by women on Christmas Island are not correct.''


Church-based welfare groups from SA offer care for mothers and infants held in immigration detention

Candice Marcus - ABC News 

Church-based welfare organisations from South Australia are urging the Immigration Department to release mothers and infants from immigration detention into their care while their claims are being processed.


Sexualisation of Society

Alarming 60% jump in sexual assaults on public transport

Tammy Mills and Craig Butt -The Age

Sexual assaults on public transport hit a 10-year high last year, with an "alarming" 60 per cent more assaults reported than a decade ago.