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

Leaked documents show hundreds of sexual assault allegations in Victorian children’s homes


Dan Oakes – ABC





Hundreds of alleged rapes, sexual assaults and instances of sexual exploitation were reported across Victoria’s out-of-home care network over the course of a year, according to internal documents. The figures, obtained by the ABC, lay bare the extent of sexual abuse of children who have been placed in the care of the state.


Education

Chaplains provide a pivotal service for students in our schools

John Butters - The Courier-Mail

Christopher Bantick in these pages last week missed the point about chaplains. I retired in 1987 after 40 years in schools, the last 20 as principal of five Queensland high schools. In the ’70s and ’80s we were all growing more concerned for the social welfare of students. Some of us picked up from Western Australia ways to bring “pastoral care” into our schools. 


Euthanasia

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke criticised over support for 45-year-old who committed suicide

Caitlyn Gribbin and Dale Owens – ABC





Australia’s leading euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke is under fire for communicating with a suicidal man, despite knowing he was not terminally ill or elderly. Perth man Nigel Brayley, 45, died in May this year after taking the euthanasia drug Nembutal, which he illegally imported. In emails obtained by the ABC, Mr Brayley admitted to Dr Nitschke he was not “supporting a terminal medical illness”, but said he was “suffering”.


Gambling

Australia: Synod highlights ‘inactivity’ on gambling


Anglican News





The 2014 General Synod has chided the Federal Parliament for failing to respond effectively to a four year old report on gambling in Australia. In 2010, the Productivity Commission found poker machines are the second highest cause of crime in the community after illegal drugs, they are responsible for the vast proportion of problem gambling and a significant factor in suicide attempts.


Air bags on pokies

Sandy Grant – Anglican General Synod





Social justice issues are not the core business of Matthias Media and The Briefing. Nevertheless evangelicals are always interested, nay committed to social justice. In my view, social justice is not the gospel, but one of its fruits.


Human Rights

African leaders vote themselves immunity from new human rights court


Monica Mark – The Guardian





Heads of state at African Union summit vote to strip the African court of justice and human rights of power to prosecute them. 


Indigenous

Environmentalists blamed for poverty


Daily Liberal





The government’s top Indigenous affairs adviser has accused green groups of deliberately working to keep Indigenous communities in poverty. Head of the prime minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, says environment groups want Indigenous people to remain impoverished, and seek to achieve their goal by blocking economic development.


Overseas Aid

Bishop focusing on ‘aid for trade’ in Laos


News Ltd





Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is likely to discuss the change in Australia’s foreign aid policy during her first official visit to Laos. Australia is one of the largest donors to the Southeast Asian country, sending more than $56.4 million in 2013/14 and $55.6 million in 2014/15.


Politics

Treasurer Joe Hockey demands the Palmer United Party and other new senators spell out their policies

Steven Scott – The Courier-Mail





Treasurer Joe Hockey has demanded the Palmer United Party and other new senators spell out their policies so he can plan alternatives to Budget measures that will fail to pass parliament.


Refugees

Asylum seekers will be safe: PM

NineMSN





Amid concerns Australia is breaching international refugee obligations, Prime Minister Tony Abbott is refusing to disclose what is happening at sea. “All too often information has been given out in the past which has aided and abetted people smugglers,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Anglican Church calls for protection of religious freedom as concerns grow over ‘gagging’ of Christian groups

Rachel Ford – Christian Today 





The Anglican Church have taken a step towards protecting the right to religious freedom as concerns grow over the ‘gagging’ of Christian organisations. An overwhelming majority of the Synod backed a motion calling on state and territory leaders to protect religious freedom in light of concerns that such rights are being eroded in society.