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.



 









Charities & NFP

Giving the gift of giving


Jackie King - Mercator Net





“Philanthropy” is usually a word we associate with the world of adults and rich people. Increasingly though, children from a spread of socio-economic backgrounds are participating in and learning about what it means to be philanthropic, both at home and at school. As well as helping those in need, the evidence shows getting children involved in philanthropy has positive effects for the children, their families and society more generally.


















Drugs & Alcohol

Tobacco backdown will stop furphy: Abbott


AAP





The Liberal Party will no longer accept political donations from big tobacco, after an intervention Tony Abbott says is aimed at ending a distracting Labor furphy.














Gambling

More lottery jackpots a boost for Tatts


News Ltd





An "exceptional" run of jackpots last financial year significantly boosted the earnings of Tatts Group's lotteries business. Tatts, which also operates a wagering business and gaming machine monitoring services, says its lotteries business grew revenue by 14 per cent in the 2012/13 financial year, the highlight of a strong trading performance.














Human Rights

Up to 1300 dead in Syrian chemical attack


Nine MSN





Syria's main opposition group has accused the government of "massacring" more than 1300 people in chemical weapons attacks near Damascus, as the UN Security Council called for "clarity" and expressed "strong concern" over the allegations.














Marriage

Farrer candidates face fiery forum


Emma Younger and Nick Fogarty - ABC





Seven candidates in the seat of Farrer engaged in heated debate last night at Charles Sturt University in Thurgoona. Asked to answer 'Yes or no' on whether they would support same-sex marriage in the new Parliament, Christina Sobey from The Greens was the only candidate to give a definitive 'Yes'.






Labor 'using' gay marriage to raise campaign funds

The Australian





The marriage equality campaign and the Greens have criticised the Labor Party for using merchandise in favour of gay marriage to fundraise for the party.


















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Decade of violence threatens to uproot Iraq's Christians


Bassem Francis Hanna - Pan Arab





This fall, Rafael Aichoa, an Iraqi Christian in his 40s, will emigrate to Australia, joining the rest of his brothers and relatives. Aichoa realized that his connection to his ancestors' land had completely come to an end late last year, when he discovered his parents' mutilated bodies.


















Other

Parole system flaws revealed in secret reports


Nino Bucci, Rania Spooner - The Age





A convicted double murderer was assessed as a low risk of offending while on parole, only to kill again two years later, secret reports have revealed. And the system used to assess the risk of Victorian offenders committing crime while on parole was "essentially untested" during a period when parolees were suspected of killing 11 people.