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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Education

School chaplaincy program declared invalid by High Court


Nicola Berkovic - The Australian

Tony Abbott has declared his strong support for the federal government's school chaplaincy scheme following a High Court ruling this morning that declared funding for the scheme invalid. The Prime Minister said the Coalition very much wanted the school chaplains program to continue.


State Government to give $450,000 cash to fuel the fight against school bullies

Wes Hosking - Herald Sun

The fight against bullying is to be ramped up in Victorian schools. The State Government has announced an extra $450,000 for schools to combat the problem. It forms part of a $4 million initiative.


Kew Primary School ends religious instruction classes

Simon Leo Brown - ABC

Kew Primary School has told parents it will no longer run Special Religious Instruction classes. The classes, provided by Christian organisation ACCESS Ministries, will cease after the second school term ends on June 27.


Health

Study finds 'frightening' over prescription in drugs to fight depression


Simon Santow - ABC

Health researchers say they're worried by a sharp increase in the frequency with which anti-psychotic drugs are being given to children and adolescents.


ACT's rate of mental illness highest in the country, report finds

Elise Pianegonda - ABC

Canberra has the highest rate of mental illness in the country, according to an annual report by the ACT's Chief Health Officer. Despite highlighting long life expectancy and good levels of income, employment, education and housing as reasons for Canberra's good health, the report shows the ACT has the highest number of mental and behavioural problems in Australia.


Politics

Qld AG Jarrod Bleijie defends appointment of Tim Carmody as Chief Justice

Rae Wilson - Queensland Times

As one of Queensland's top judges suggested the newly appointed Chief Justice should withdraw as "the only appropriate course", the Attorney-General again backed his government's choice. Court of Appeal Justice John Muir, who will retire by year's end, said it would take courage for Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody to step away from the Chief Justice position but that was not a quality lacking.


Labor no chance in a double-dissolution election

Graham Richardson - The Australian

Christine Milne has been reading far too much into the most recent Newspoll. As she challenged Tony Abbott to “bring it on” when referring to a double dissolution I could not help but think this was dangerously false bravado. When Tanya Plibersek filled the screen and delivered a similar threat, I got really concerned.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Brisbane man fined $1500 for sex act with girl forced into prostitution by her mother


Brisbane Times

A Brisbane man has been fined $1500 for engaging in a sex act with a 15-year-old girl forced into prostitution by her mother. District Court judge Richard Jones said he imposed a "very lenient" sentence on the man, 63.


Refugees

No asylum boat arrivals in six months but it's not mission accomplished, says Tony Abbott


Jennifer Rajca - News Corp Australia

Despite celebrating six months since an asylum seeker boat arrival, Tony Abbott insists it's not "mission accomplished." The Prime Minister and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison have held a media conference to mark the "significant milestone".


Fears for Manus Island in PNG crisis

Brendan Nicholson - The Australian

The escalating political crisis in Papua New Guinea was being closely watched in Canberra last night, amid growing concerns the turmoil could jeopardise the agreement signed with Port Moresby for Manus Island to process asylum seekers intercepted en route to Australia.