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

Drink-drug drivers face up to $40,000 fines under new crackdown


ABC

The Victorian government will introduce severe penalties for people who drive after consuming a combination of drugs and alcohol. People caught for the first time driving with a cocktail of substances in their system could be fined as much as $4,300 as well as lose their licence for a minimum of 12 months.


Alice Springs supermarkets pull Rexona deodorant from shelves as child sniffing rates rise

Anthony Stewart - ABC

Rexona deodorants have been pulled from supermarket shelves in Alice Springs in response to a spiralling rate of inhalant abuse by the town's children.


Minimum alcohol price not in the public interest, says health agency

AAP

Australian drinkers should not be forced to pay a minimum price for alcohol even though the move would probably reduce booze-fuelled harm, the National Preventive Health Agency (NPHA) has said.


Human Rights

Noel Pearson warns RDA changes will embolden bigots

Michael Gordon - The Age

Planned changes to race hate laws will embolden bigots, disempower the vulnerable and set back the cause of reconciliation and closing the gap, the indigenous leader most admired by Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns.


Overseas Aid

Audit recommends Australian foreign policy shakeup


ABC

Australia's multi-billion dollar foreign aid program would be delivered to fewer nations, under recommendations put forward by the Commission of Audit.


Politics

Audit commission urges Abbott to slash welfare, services


David Crowe - The Australian

Painful cuts to welfare and basic government services are being urged in a five-volume plan to slash $70 billion a year from federal outlays that presents Tony Abbott with dozens of deeply controversial measures he will be challenged to reject.


Pensioners, health, family payments face cuts under Abbott government's Commission of Audit report

Judith Ireland - The Age

States would have the power to levy income tax, all patients would pay a $15 fee to visit a doctor, everyone would pay more for medicines, and family payments would be slashed under a sweeping set of measures recommended by the Abbott government’s Commission of Audit.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Abducted girls in Nigeria reportedly sold as brides to Boko Haram militants for $12


News Ltd

Hundreds of school girls kidnapped in Nigeria are reportedly being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, as their fate remains in limbo. More than two weeks ago, more than 200 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist network from the Chibok Girls Secondary School.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Members defy Law Institute of Victoria on religion wind back

Chris Merritt - The Australian

Lawyers who support freedom of religion have told the Law Institute of Victoria that its call to wind back the exemption for religions in the state’s Equal Opportunity Act is not supported by all its members. Three groups representing religious lawyers have told the Law Institute that its actions reflected an unnecessarily partisan political view on a contentious issue that was not directly connected with the professional interests of solicitors.


Lawyers must man the rampart of freedom

Chris Merritt - The Australian

The great debates about human rights that are unfolding across the nation hold grave risks for the legal profession. Unless more care is taken in future, there is a danger that lawyers could come to be seen as the natural allies of authoritarians.