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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Children & Family

'Fundamental failure' in state care revealed in Victorian Auditor-General's report

Henrietta Cook - The Age

There has been a ''fundamental failure'' to ensure the safety of vulnerable children in state care, with a growing number absconding and being exposed to a greater risk of sexual exploitation.


Education

Aboriginal history "crucial" for national curriculum, says schools submission 

Alexandra Smith - SMH

NSW schools want Aboriginal history to remain a ''crucial feature'' of a national curriculum, putting them at odds with the federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne's push for a greater focus on Western civilisations.


Too soon for further curriculum changes, says NSW

Justine Ferrari - The Australian 

The nation's biggest school system has ruled out adopting any changes to the school curriculum recommended by the federal government's review.


Homelessness & Poverty

Action urged as rent scheme fails poor

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Half a million Australians who receive rent assistance from the commonwealth are experiencing housing stress, as the scheme fails to keep pace with rising rents.


Human Rights

18C not stopping racism, says law expert James Allan

Stefanie Balogh & Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The section of Australia’s racial discrimination laws at the centre of a heated debate over bigotry and freedom of speech has done nothing to curb racism, a leading law professor says, as Bob Hawke appeals for Labor’s original protections to remain untouched.


ACT proposal to bypass Federal racial vilification changes 

ABC News 

The ACT Greens want to amend the Territory's Discrimination Act to circumvent changes by Federal Attorney-General George Brandis to racial vilification laws. Senator Brandis has been accused of attempting to make the national legislation too weak on racial hatred.


Politics

General Peter Cosgrove to be sworn in as governor-general at ceremony in Canberra 

ABC News

Former Defence Force chief General Peter Cosgrove will be officially sworn in as Australia's 26th governor-general today. The former Defence Force Chief will take his oath of allegiance and oath of office in the Senate before Chief Justice Robert French this morning.


NT parliamentary walkout amid unrest in ruling Country Liberal Party 

AAP

Three Northern Territory government backbenchers have walked out of parliament during question time, in fresh signs of growing divisions within the ruling Country Liberal party.


Sexualisation of Society

Toowoomba's first strip club opens after long battle with residents

Kay Dibben - The Courier-Mail

Toowoomba’s first strip club opened its doors last night in the heart of the “family friendly’’ city, despite more than 3000 objections. Patrons queued outside for the unveiling of The Vault on Ruthven, which features a “fantasy dungeon”.


Other

NSW considers clearing criminal records for homosexual acts

ABC News

A New South Wales Government backbencher is pushing for the state to follow Victoria's lead and allow people found guilty of homosexual acts to overturn their criminal convictions.