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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Environment

CSIRO braces for budget cut of up to $150 million


James Massola and Bridie Smith - SMH

Australia’s peak science body is bracing for a May budget cut of up $150 million, or more than 20 per cent of its total government funding.


Gambling

Sports betting now the main game, research finds


Kate Hagan - The Age

Footy fans are being exposed to more than five minutes of broadcast gambling advertising on average at an AFL match, research shows. On-field gambling advertising has also become prominent in cricket, with more than 13 minutes of sports betting logos shown during an average day's play of Test or one-day international cricket.


Homelessness & Poverty

Perth Council considers asking State Government to ban begging in WA


Perth Now

Begging would be outlawed under a proposal by the City of Perth. Councillors will this week consider asking the Barnett Government to reintroduce a law to make begging a crime. The ban – which could result in the homeless being fined – is one of a range of recommendations aimed at reducing the number of people hitting up pedestrians for cash.


Marriage

Canon defies same-sex marriage ban

Daily Telegraph

A gay clergyman has become the first ordained priest to break the Church of England's ban on same-sex marriages to wed his partner. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who is a hospital chaplain in Lincolnshire, is reported to have tied the knot with long-term partner Laurence Cunnington in a ceremony at a hotel on Saturday, describing the nuptials as "a lovely wedding".


Politics

Majority NT government restored for Country Liberals as Nathan Barrett wins Blain by-election


NT News

Labor candidate Geoff Bahnert needed a 13 per cent swing but could only gain 10 points. The win means the CLP will continue to govern with a majority.


Silent PUP Senator-elect Dio Wang won’t speak but issues his first statement

Perth Now

It took him a week to break his silence and agree to an interview after winning a seat in the WA Senate election re-run. And even then, mystery Palmer United Party candidate and mining boss Dio Wang would only do it in writing.


Tony Abbott slumps in polls despite best week yet

Mark Kenny - The Age

A record high vote of support for the Greens and a slump in support for the Coalition in regional Australia has left Tony Abbott's seven-month old government trailing Labor by four points after preferences, for the second time since being elected.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Fears grow as prostitutes return to suburban Newcastle streets


Newcastle Herald

There are concerns prostitutes could again rule Newcastle’s notorious sex strip, bringing crime and drugs back to the rebirthed streets of Islington. Residents and shop owners, who fought hard over many years to clean up the hooker hot spot, said the changed suburb was under threat of reverting back to the city’s Underbelly days when pimps ruled the streets.


Refugees

Asylum seekers beg for detention so they don't starve

Michael Bachelard - Fairfax Media

On the same day last September that Tony Abbott was elected prime minister with a mandate to stop the boats, three young men from Pakistan's violent disputed areas arrived in Indonesia. Twenty days later the trio tried the people smugglers' route to Australia, but their boat foundered and they were brought back to Indonesia.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

David Cameron Says Britain Must Stand Up Against Global Christian Persecution, Urges Increased Evangelism

The Christian Post

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said Christianity is now the most persecuted religion around the world, and that Britain should be "unashamed" in standing up against persecution of Christians and other religious groups.