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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Classification

Advertising Standards Board dismisses complaints against Queensland Health sun safety television commercial

Jasmin Lill - Courier Mail

The advertising watchdog has been called in to investigate Queensland Health’s latest anti-skin cancer commercial amid claims it ridicules transgender women.


Education

Pressure builds on state's religious instruction educator

Konrad Marshall, Ben Butler - The Age

The main provider of religious instruction in Victorian state schools is under financial pressure and currently being propped up by the federal and state governments. Financial statements from Access Ministries, the chaplaincy organisation that also delivers 81 per cent of religious instruction in primary schools, show that they received almost $20 million in government grants between 2009 and 2012.


NAPLAN results show public versus private gulf

Craig Butt, Marc Moncrief - The Age

The difference in academic performance between state and independent schools grows wider as students progress into high school, a Fairfax Media analysis shows. The trend is consistent across all five areas of the annual NAPLAN tests, which cover literacy and numeracy.


Australian universities lose ground in latest Times Higher Education world rankings index

ABC

A drop in global standings for Australian universities is being blamed on cuts to the tertiary sector announced under the Labor government last year. The five Australian universities to make it into the top 100 World Reputation Rankings list have all fallen compared to their rankings last year.


Gambling

Ladbrokes’ ATM card lets punters shop with winnings


Jessica Gardner - Brisbane Times

British-backed online bookmaker Ladbrokes Australia will offer customers a debit card to allow immediate withdrawal of winnings from cash machines and EFTPOS terminals, in a move that could hurt traditional wagering operators Tatts Group and Tabcorp.


Children as young as 12 at risk of developing gambling problems, foundation finds

Jason Dowling - The Age

Children as young as 12, international students and those with mental health issues have been identified as groups at increased risk of developing a gambling problem. Victoria's Responsible Gambling Foundation has launched a new wave of funding for programs to help at-risk groups in the community.


Indigenous

'Great challenges' remain for Indigenous health

SBS

The Lowitja Institute have launched a new report in Parliament House that revealed what Indigenous health will look like by 2030.


Marriage

Pope Francis: Church could support civil unions

Daniel Burke - CNN

Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions. The Pope reiterated the church's longstanding teaching that "marriage is between a man and a woman." However, he said, "We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety."


Refugees

Visa freeze reinstated for refugees who arrive by boat


Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte - SMH

The Abbott government has re-introduced a controversial freeze on granting protection visas to refugees who arrive by boat on the eve of a High Court challenge on behalf of a 15-year-old Ethiopian boy who is being denied a visa.


Sexualisation of Society

Vaughan Johnson rails against Emerald strip club


Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times

A Queensland MP has made an impassioned plea for the government to step in and put a stop to a strip club opening in his central Queensland electorate. The member for Gregory, Vaughan Johnson, defended the female body as the "most sacred thing on this planet" and said the adult entertainment permit awarded to The Star Hotel in Emerald made him "sick".