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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Drugs & Alcohol

Skinner softens stance on medicinal cannabis


News Corp Australia

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner has softened her stance on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes saying she supports a proposed trial of home-grown pot. Tasmanian company Tasman Health Cannabinoids has applied for a licence to grow cannabis to conduct a clinical study in conjunction with the University of Tasmania.


More than seven attacks on police every day

Ben McClellan - The Sunday Telegraph

More than seven NSW officers are attacked each day, with an officer attacked in the Sydney city council area daily. Assaults on police rose 13 per cent in the two years to March, down from a 20 per cent increase in 2013. The city is the epicentre of violence against police with a 16 per cent increase outstripping the statewide rise in the two years to March.


Education

Victorian school building upgrades fail to materialise


Benjamin Preiss - The Age

State schools across Victoria are battling with decades-old classrooms and hallsdeteriorating while long-awaited upgrades fail to materialise. Critics say upgrades are determined by political considerations and lobbying, and that an "orderly system" is urgently required.


Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness a problem that won't go away


Kirsty Needham - SMH

Homelessness had worsened in NSW, by 20 per cent, between 2006 and 2011, despite a pledge to halve homelessness from the former Rudd government.


Marriage

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says taxpayers could provide parents with marriage education


Renee Viellaris - The Australian 

New parents could be given help to spice up their relationship under moves being considered by the Abbott government. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has revealed taxpayers could provide parents with marriage education sessions so their relationships do not suffer when dirty nappies, colicky babies and sleep deprivation consume their lives.


Politics

Senator Cory Bernardi points to US Tea Party

Jonathan Swan - SMH

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi says his colleagues would be foolish to ignore recent Tea Party elections in the US, adding that Australians are increasingly dissatisfied with both major parties. ''The message seems very clear,'' Senator Bernardi said. ''The people want something different to what establishment politics is offering.''


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Legal brothels struggle to stay afloat as clients turn to cheap street walkers


Daniel Meers - The Sunday Mail

Cheaps street walkers are soliciting on Queensland streets at night, leaving legal brothels battling to stay afloat. A Sunday Mail investigation has uncovered red light districts in New Farm and Palm Beach on the Gold Coast as the key pick-up locations. The situation has forced the Prostitution Licencing Authority to issue a notice in its latest newsletter, reiterating state government legislation on single sex workers.


Refugees

More refugees call Tasmania home


The Examiner

Tasmania's refugee intake nearly doubled over the past 12 months, and the Northern Migrant Resource Centre says our economy could reap the benefits. NMRC chief executive John Brown said 873 humanitarian refugees had been resettled in Tasmania so far in 2013-14 - 400 more than the previous year. Northern Tasmania welcomed 373 people, up from 203 in 2012-13.


Asylum seeker babies secretly moved to Christmas Island

Sarah Whyte - SMH

Newborn babies and their families are being secretly moved in the dead of night to Christmas Island detention centre, which is widely considered as unsuitable for young children by medical practitioners. It is believed at least five two-month old babies, their siblings and parents were given no notice as they were forced to leave Adelaide's Inverbrackie detention centre at 3am last week, without access to any legal advice.


Sexualisation of Society

Rihanna is setting a bad example for young girls and give thanks for Bindi Irwin


Lisa Power - Daily Telegraph

It is always interesting to see fairytales and fables brought to life. Angelina Jolie is killing it in Maleficent and Ariel is a firm favourite in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Then along comes poor old Rihanna, who seems to have decided to give The Emperor’s New Clothes a spin.