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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Education

Tassie education system in crisis as Year 12 retention rates hit new low


Michelle Paine - The Mercury

The number of Tasmanian students staying at school until Year 12 has dropped again, sparking calls for urgent action to stop the slide. Latest figures from the annual Report on Government Services show the rate of full-time Tasmanian students going from Year 10 to Year 12 was 67 per cent, down from 70 per cent in 2011 and just over 70 per cent in 2010.


Health

TGA rejects blood donation ban reduction for gay men


Benjamin Riley - Star Observer

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has blocked a move to reduce the waiting period for blood donations from men who have sex with men from 12 to six months, rejecting a recommendation from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.


Homelessness & Poverty

Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle backs 'oases' for homeless in heatwave


Aisha Dow - The Age

Melbourne's lord mayor wants to introduce an extreme weather policy for the vulnerable, after a string of concerning reports and incidents involving the city's homeless. Robert Doyle said the stabbing death of Wayne ''Mousey'' Perry and January's protracted heatwave had been ''wake-up calls'' about the hardships faced by Melbourne's rough sleepers.


Politics

Senator Don Farrell swaps to state to take over from Jay Weatherill


Michael Owen - The Australian

Labor heavyweight Don Farrell, who lost his Senate spot at the election, will enter state politics in a factional deal that will oust a senior minister from a safe seat in South Australia. The so-called "faceless man", instrumental in knifing Kevin Rudd to install Julia Gillard into the prime ministership, surrendered his No 1 Senate ticket position to Penny Wong last year after a public campaign spearheaded by the Left's Anthony Albanese.


Vic Speaker slams Shaw, but mum on future

News Ltd

The Victorian Speaker says he will be in the chair when parliament resumes next week, but will not say what will happen after that. Speaker Ken Smith, who has announced he will not contest the next election, said he will probably have something to say about his future when parliament resumes on Tuesday.


Court to rule on WA Senate election

News Ltd

The voters of Western Australia will on Monday learn if they are to return to the polls for a second Senate election. Justice Kenneth Hayne is deliberating on submissions from candidates with the highest number of votes in the first count of WA's Senate ballot, the senators elected in the recount and the Australian Electoral Commission.


Refugees

Failed refugees to receive marching orders

Nine MSN

The Abbott government is fast-tracking the removal of asylum seekers who arrived by boat and have had their refugee claims rejected by authorities.


Coalition begins boat policy offensive

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has publicly embraced forcing people-smugglers' boats out of Australia's territory and back into Indonesian waters, defiantly declaring that the Abbott government will continue "to protect Australia's sovereignty" after the first January free of illegal boat arrivals in six years.


Other

'What goes around comes around': Kevin Andrews says

Judith Ireland, Heath Aston - SMH

Coalition frontbencher Kevin Andrews has defended the Prime Minister's comments about the ABC, arguing the national broadcaster should be open to ''constructive criticism'' about its performance. Speaking at Canberra airport on his way to a cabinet meeting, the Social Services Minister said that in a robust democracy, the media should be scrutinised as much as anybody else.


ABC, SBS review: Federal Government to launch efficiency study

ABC

The Federal Government will conduct a study into the efficiency of the operations of the ABC and SBS. In a statement, the Department of Communications says it will examine operational costs as well as products and services in order to "increase efficiency and reduce expense".