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.



Abortion

Gender abortions debate divides Senate 

SMH



A move to ban Medicare payments for abortions based on gender has divided senators on all sides of politics. But they may not get to have their final say for up to a year, after time for debating the private senator's bill ran out on Thursday.





Personal choice on abortion (mentions ACL)

Kaitlin Thals - Sunraysia Daily

Victorian party leaders have verbally agreed to a conscience vote if a Private Members’ Bill is introduced into Victorian Parliament to restore freedom to doctors to decline participating in abortion procedures.


Drugs & Alcohol

Barnett could support medical marijuana

AAP



The West Australian premier has indicated he could support medicinal marijuana being given to patients in palliative care but maintains it is a very damaging drug.





Health

Moody blue: Jeff Kennett in spat over mental health funding

Ashley Argoon - Herald Sun

Former premier Jeff Kennett has launched a stinging attack on an expert who wants more mental health funding. Mr Kennett hit out at former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry over his campaign to rebuild a crumbling mental health research centre, saying governments had other priorities.


Melbourne drug could help prevent thousands from dying in childbirth

Lucie Van Den Berg - Herald Sun

An inhalable love drug from Melbourne that could prevent 300,000 women from dying during childbirth will be fast-tracked after it got a $16.6 million dollar boost.


Indigenous

Canberra cuts funds for Aboriginal communities

Daniel Emerson - The West Australian 



The Commonwealth has withdrawn responsibility for funding about 180 remote Aboriginal communities in a move the State says could cost $10 billion over 20 years and threaten the health of vulnerable residents.





Refugees

Scott Morrison announces new refugee visas to clear asylum seeker backlog

Jared Owens - The Australian 

Thousands of refugees could be released into regions with labour shortages, under a Coalition deal struck with Clive Palmer to clear Labor's backlog of 30,000 unprocessed asylum claimants.


Scott Morrison's refugee deal with Cambodia branded 'immoral' by former judge

Jared Owens - The Australian 

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will today sign an uncapped, "ongoing" refugee resettlement pact with Cambodia, which a former Family Court chief justice yesterday decried as "inappropriate, immoral and likely illegal".


Sexualisation of Society

Keperra's naughty sex shop grounded after claiming to be 'toy store'

Kim Stephens - Brisbane Times



An adult store in Brisbane's north-west has been thrown out of its premises, following controversy over its close proximity to a childcare centre.