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

Quality childcare comes with a premium price tag


Saffron Howden, Georgia Wilkins, Colin Kruger - SMH

Kate Bower was willing to pay $165 a day to secure a spot for her baby daughter at a childcare centre in Sydney's inner-west. The Leichhardt mother said competition to gain a place was so fierce, most of her friends in a similar predicament just ''take what they can get''.


Drugs & Alcohol

Queensland construction industry rife with drug abuse, mandatory testing considered


The Courier Mail

The Queensland Government is considering compulsory drug tests for construction workers on taxpayer-funded projects to tackle widespread substance misuse in the industry. Industry leaders want similar measures to those being introduced in Victoria from July, in which companies tendering for government contracts must have effective drug and alcohol screening in place to improve safety and curb drug distribution through building sites.


Education

Christian schools eye ‘rebalance’ (Mentions ACL)

The Australian

One of the largest groups of independent schools, Christian Schools Australia, has called for the national curriculum to be “rebalanced” by including a fourth cross-curriculum priority about Australia’s Western heritage and its Judeo-Christian influences. In its submission to the national curriculum review, the CSA, which represents about 130 of the 1100 independent schools, endorses the three overarching cross-curriculum priorities of Asia, indigenous culture and sustainability, but says they have come to dominate the way subjects are taught in schools.


Inquiry into religious instruction in Victorian schools

Konrad Marshall - The Age

Victoria's major provider of religious instruction has been temporarily barred from delivering lessons at a Surf Coast primary school, following recent revelations in The Sunday Age that inappropriate ''biblezines'' were given to students.


Marriage

Almost half of millennial moms aren't married


Kevin Spak - Newser

Millennials are getting married later and at a slower pace than previous generations—in part because of economic harships—and that's leading to a lot of babies born out of wedlock. Roughly 47% of the millennial women who had babies in 2012 weren't married, compared with 35% of mothers from Generation X when they were that age, according to a new Pew study on the generation.


Politics

Liberals head for election whitewash as Labor faces being relegated to the state's third party


Matt Smith - The Mercury

The number of Labor MPs in the Tasmanian Parliament could be halved in next week's state election, new polling shows. A ReachTel poll of 2682 Tasmanians, carried out on Thursday night, shows the Will Hodgman-led Liberal Party is set for majority government. The Labor Party could even be left with fewer seats than former stablemates the Greens, with polling suggesting Labor is likely to pick up just five or six seats while the Greens could secure between four and six.


Great many minor party candidates standing for South Australian election

The Advertiser

One is a fully able-bodied 19 year-old campaigning for disability awareness, another a young female former city cop running for the Nationals, and two more are a husband and wife who have put their engagement proposal up on YouTube.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Legalizing prostitution doesn’t protect women, it turns sex into big business


Elise Hilton - Life Site News

It’s the oldest profession, right? It’s worldwide, and attempts to criminalize it don’t seem to work. Does legalizing prostitution solve any problems? That’s the question Nisha Lilia Diu of The Telegraph set out to answer. In a lengthy piece that focuses on Germany, Diu visited brothels, talked to their owners, visited with prostitutes – all in order to see if the legalization of prostitution “works.”


Refugees

Manus Island asylum seekers voluntarily returning home because of PNG violence


News Limited

The streets of Port Moresby are not much safer than the murderous alleys of Baghdad, if the Australian Government’s travel advice on Papua New Guinea is any guide. It warns of the high risk of gang rape and machete attack, and says vehicles should only travel in convoy at night, preferably with a security escort.


Other

Parents concerned over problem gaming and internet addiction


Rebecca Barrett - ABC

Many parents worry about the addictiveness of computer games but are their fears justified? Last month, 400 parents registered for a "problem gaming" information night at Sydney's Knox Grammar School.