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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Charities & NFP

Cheers to the 'Charity Navigator Model'


Helen Rittelmeyer - On Line Opinion

Keeping government regulation to a minimum is even more important for charities than it is for other sectors. Too much red tape destroys the very qualities that enable the institutions of civil society to address social needs in ways that government bureaucracies can't. Minister Kevin Andrews should be applauded for demonstrating his commitment to charities' independence in his recent remarks on what charity regulation might look like after the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) is abolished.


Children & Family

Stop messing with the family, say the French


Carolyn Moynihan - Mercator Net

Passing a gay marriage law does not end the marriage debate, as the Prime Minister of France is discovering. Francois Hollande’s Socialist-led government has had to shelve plans to “update” family law after huge demonstrations in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against any further meddling with marriage and the family, Reuters reports.


Classification

Family lawyers warn childless women entering first marriage against prenups

Cosima Marriner - WA Today

Women embarking on a first marriage and planning to have children should not enter into a prenuptial agreement because it is likely to financially disadvantage them later, family law experts warn. Family lawyers report demand for prenuptial agreements has plateaued in the past 18 months, and is now declining slightly, as more firms refuse to draw them up because of the risk they will be overturned by the Family Court. Other family law specialists now charge up to $10,000 for a standard agreement to guard against the risk of a negligence claim if a prenup is successfully challenged.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy

South Australian gay couple travel to Thailand for birth of their surrogate twins


Brad Crouch - The Advertiser

Cuddled in the arms of doting parents Mark and Matt, newborns Tate and Estelle are the contented faces of a unique Australian modern family.


Drugs & Alcohol

Alarm over plan for needle vending machines in city's drug hot spots

News Ltd

Needle vending machines in the city's heroin hot spots will increase drug use and risk increasing the numbers of dangerous syringes discarded in the streets, residents and traders fear. The machines - which will allow addicts access to new syringes 24 hours a day - are planned for inner city suburbs like Richmond, Footscray, St Kilda and Braybrook.


Ice storm wreaks horrific trail across nation

Matthew Thompson - The Australian

It's cheap, it's addictive and its insidious reach stretches into the lives and homes of tens of thousands of Australians. It pays no notice of postcodes, ignores the make of the car in the driveway and gives no heed to the profession of those within.


Marriage

US to expand recognition of gay marriage


NineMSN

Recognition of same-sex marriages in the US will be expanded to all federal courtrooms and prisons, ensuring gay couples receive the same benefits as heterosexuals.




Overseas Aid

Cambodian aid project partly funded by Australia led to child deaths, says report


Lindsay Murdoch - SMH

A project partly funded by Australia to rebuild Cambodia’s dilapidated railway was deeply flawed, caused harm to thousands of impoverished people and contributed to the deaths of several children, an internal review has found. Thirteen-year-old Hut Heap and her nine-year-old brother Hut Hoeub drowned in a pond in search for water after their family was uprooted from their home to allow work to begin on the rail project in May 2010.


Politics

Liberals set to expel rebel MP Geoff Shaw from the party


Josh Gordon and Henrietta Cook - The Age

The Victorian Liberal Party has begun the process of expelling balance-of-power Independent Geoff Shaw from the Liberal Party at the state assembly.


Labor claims victory in Griffith

News Ltd

Kevin Rudd's Labor successor has claimed victory in his old seat despite her coalition rival refusing to concede.