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.



Drugs & Alcohol

DrinkWise a message about alcohol moderation most people support

John Scott - SMH

More than nine in 10 Australians agree it's important people drink responsibly when attending sporting, arts or cultural events.


Drug trafficking via mail on the rise

AAP



South Australian Attorney-General John Rau has called on the federal government to tighten border security measures following almost 50 arrests of people trafficking drugs via the post since the beginning of the year.





Gambling

Anti-pokie advocates slam new ACT government laws (mentions ACL)

Ben Westcott - The Canberra Times



Anti-gambling advocates have reacted angrily to the ACT government's proposed changes to poker machine caps, with Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce chair Tim Costello calling it "a breach of faith".





Health

Tobacco giant British American in push to make e-cigarettes 'medicine' in Australia: health advocates concerned 

Conor Duffy - ABC

Tobacco giant British American has been lobbying the Therapeutic Goods Administration to introduce an electronic cigarette into Australia, describing it as a "medicine".


Warnings change smoker behaviour

Lucie Van Den Berg - Herald Sun

Health warnings on cigarette packs help smokers quit and the bigger the label, the better the result.


Human Rights

Racial Discrimination Act: Cory Bernardi, other senators accused of fanning prejudice over proposed changes to Section 18C

Anna Henderson - ABC

Labor has accused a group of cross-party senators of fanning the flames of prejudice with a new bill to remove some provisions from the Racial Discrimination Act.


Overseas Aid

Julie Bishop pushes back on reported cuts to foreign aid to fund Iraq action

Daniel Hurst - The Guardian 

Julie Bishop has pushed back strongly against reported plans to make further cuts to Australia’s foreign aid budget to help fund the military involvement in Iraq.


Politics

Trend towards pre-poll voting to strengthen in lead up to state election

Josh Gordon & Richard Willingham - The Age



Up to one in three Victorian voters are expected to hand in a ballot paper before the November 29 state election, with debate raging in both parties about whether to "front-load" campaign announcements in the race to capitalise on pre-poll voting.





Refugees

Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru describes conditions there as 'God's own hell'

Matt Watson - ABC

An asylum seeker who has been detained on Nauru for a year has described conditions there as "God's own hell".


Sexualisation of Society 

New taskforce set to target web child abuse

Keith Moor - Herald Sun

Police will today form a new joint taskforce to crackdown on Victorians who prey on children online.