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.



 



Children & Family

Single mums priority in welfare overhaul


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Simplied income-support payments and a financial boost for single mothers will be considered as the Abbott government embarks on dramatic reform of the nation's welfare system.


Classification

The Man with the Biggest Testicles grabs ratings but provokes criticism


The Herald Sun

It was either one of the most compelling pieces of documentary television yet screened or it was a completely inappropriate piece of ratings-grabbing sleaze. Australian Christian Lobby state director Wendy Francis said the free-to-air networks were merely programming to shock. “For me there seems to be a race on at the moment with the free-to-air networks to see who can shock audiences the most,’’ she said.


 



Drugs & Alcohol

More want help for alcohol and drug woes


Cathy O'Leary - The West Australian





Health experts are warning the State Government against downgrading any drug addiction services, as figures reveal clinics are handling more alcohol and cannabis problems and a surge in helpline calls from parents.








South Australian communities prepare for severe alcohol ban

SBS





Sweeping restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the outback South Australian town of Coober Pedy will take effect from Monday. The changes are focused on curbing alcohol abuse amongst Aboriginal people, including those from interstate.








Education

PM rebukes Pyne over unis


Mark Denny, Daniel Hurst - SMH





Prime Minister Tony Abbott has publicly slapped down his Education Minister Christopher Pyne over his comments to scrap university service and amenity fees in a move to head off a damaging split within the Coalition.










Euthanasia

Euthanasia bill put forward in Tasmania


Andrew Darby - The Age

Voluntary euthanasia legislation claimed to be globally pioneering in its safeguards has been introduced in Tasmania, where it is expected to face a hard road in parliament. The Voluntary Assisted Dying bill sets out a framework for state-managed euthanasia for people who are out of medical options to relieve intolerable suffering or improve their condition.


 



Doctors call for referendum on voluntary euthanasia in Tasmania

ABC News





Some doctors in Tasmania want a referendum on voluntary euthanasia after a private member's bill was tabled in Parliament yesterday.








Marriage

UK study reveals marriage joys and regrets


AAP





Many have heard of the seven-year itch, but it is the fifth year of marriage that is really the toughest, according to new UK research.












Politics

Milne 'on borrowed time' as leader


Heath Aston, Chris Johnson - SMH

Christine Milne has survived an aborted push to challenge her leadership - but some senior Greens claim the Tasmanian senator is now ''living on borrowed time''.


Refugees

Jakarta fires shot across Tony Abbott's bow on asylum boats


Peter Alford - The Australian

Indonesia has warned the Coalition that "unilateral" measures could risk bilateral co-operation on asylum-seekers, raising diplomatic tension over Tony Abbott's border-protection policies on the eve of his visit to Jakarta.








UNHCR offers assistance to Iran over refugees

Press TV





The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has offered to provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with any assistance regarding refugees affairs.