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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Abortion

Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zones


Robert Barnes - The Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that creates buffer zones around abortion clinics that the court said inhibited the free-speech rights of antiabortion activists.


Classification

Wicked Campers falls foul of ad watchdog for seventh time in 2014


Mumbrella

Wicked Campers has been censured by the ad watchdog for the seventh time this year for a slogan painted on its vans.


Flashing is against community standards, says ad watchdog

Mumbrella

A women’s clothing brand which used a cartoon of a flasher in an online ad to promote a three day flash sale has been told off by the advertising regulator.


Gambling

Anti-gambling groups slam pokies review


Richard Willingham - The Age

An alliance of churches and local governance groups have slammed the Napthine government for agreeing to review poker machine entitlements at the request of industry. The alliance includes the InterChurch gambling taskforce, chaired by Tim Costello, the Victorian Local Governance Association and the Victorian Council of Social Service.


Health

We’re living longer but alcohol, smoking, junk food and laziness are killing more Australians


News Ltd

We're living longer, surviving cancer and fewer of us are dying from heart disease but our bad habits are to blame for the diseases that are killing us. A comprehensive snapshot of the nation’s health has also sadly found that suicide, not cancer or heart disease, is the leading cause of death of both men and women aged 15-44. There were 2535 deaths from suicide in 2012 and 200 people attempt suicide every day.


Indigenous

Indigenous health: PM's office urged to keep promises


Bridie Jabour - The Guardian 

The outgoing chair of the Council of Australian Governments reform council has warned of the loss of an independent voice on Indigenous health and education when the prime minister’s office takes on the task of reporting outcomes from the Closing the Gap campaign.


Marriage

No civil partnership for UK straights

The Australian

Following the passing of gay marriage laws last year, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport launched a consultation on whether civil partnerships needed to be changed. But a report published on Thursday said three quarters of those who replied were against extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.


First Australian gay wedding under UK law to take place in Sydney tomorrow

Benedict Brook - Star Observer 



The first British same-sex couple to legally marry in Australia will tie the knot tomorrow in Sydney. Gordon Stevenson and Peter Fraser, who are both dual Australian and British citizens, will officially be declared husband and husband on Friday afternoon at the UK consulate on Macquarie St.





Refugees

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison tells asylum seekers to go home in 'orientation


Sarah Whyte - SMH

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he makes no apologies for an assertive video telling asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru that they will never be resettled in Australia and should consider returning home.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan 'apostasy' woman freed again

BBC

A Sudanese woman whose death sentence for marrying a Christian was overturned has been released from jail again, after she was detained at Khartoum airport on Tuesday. Meriam Ibrahim's lawyer, Muhannad Mustafa, said that she was currently in the US embassy with her family. Mrs Ibrahim had been detained on charges of falsifying ID documents.