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

Domestic violence: Police hit out at 'ludicrous' legislation


Rachel Olding - SMH

Crucial evidence gathered at the scene of domestic violence incidents cannot be used in court because of outdated legislation branded as ''ludicrous'' by the NSW Police Force's head of domestic violence. NSW police introduced ''domestic violence evidence kits'' in 2008 to ensure more evidence was collected rather than relying primarily on the victim's and perpetrator's versions of events.


Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol research groups oppose Northern Territory proposal to criminalise drinking when pregnant 


John Stewart - ABC

A Northern Territory Government proposal to introduce legislation that could see pregnant women prosecuted for drinking is facing strong opposition from alcohol research groups and Aboriginal leaders. NT Attorney-General John Elferink says something needs to be done about the large number of children growing up in the territory with foetal alcohol syndrome.


Education

No time for deep thought as teachers rush to keep up with Australian Curriculum demands


Tanya Chilcott - The Courier-Mail

Teachers are rushing children through lessons because there is too much content under the Australian Curriculum. In a submission to the Australian Curriculum (AC) Review, in Brisbane today, Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) warns that too much content is putting pressure on students and teachers.


The rising cost of our brain drain: twenty per cent drop out of uni 

Bruce Mcdougall - The Daily Telegraph

Up to one in five first year students are dropping out of university courses at a huge cost to the nation because they are bored, suffer financial problems or become too stressed to continue. Australia’s elite academic institutions are battling to limit attrition rates for thousands of new entrants who are accepted into a course and then opt out.


Gambling

TV theme innovation as pokies pall for young players


Alana Schetzer - The Canberra Times

Poker machines are failing to appeal to a younger generation of gamblers, prompting casinos and gaming venues to turn to ''lifestyle'' prize jackpots such as Apple computers and introduce machines based on popular television shows, such as The Walking Dead.


Health

Death with dignity reform


Farrah Tomazin - The Age

Victorians will be able to instruct their doctors to not give them life-prolonging treatment for possible future illnesses, under a state government push to allow people to die with dignity. As a condition of hospital funding, patients will now be encouraged to create ''advance care plans'' setting out the kind of medical care they would want in the event of illnesses such as dementia, cancer or brain damage.


Marriage

Same-sex marriage lobby calls on Tasmania's new Liberal premier to honour his vow on the issue


Alice Claridge - The Mercury

Marriage equality advocates have called on Tasmania’s new Liberal premier to honour a recent vow to allow an unqualified free vote on same-sex unions. Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said Mr Hodgman made the promise during the election campaign.


Politics

It's a long road back for Labor, says Bill Shorten

Sid Maher - The Australian 

Bill Shorten has conceded Labor “has a long road back” and faces new calls for party reform after state elections in South Australia and Tasmania cut Labor’s presence in parliaments across the nation to fewer than one in three seats. After Labor was reduced to a rump in Tasmania in an election result that swept the Liberals to victory for the first time in 16 years, the federal Opposition Leader yesterday ruled out any further deals at a state or federal level with the Greens.


Refugees

Syrians on Manus offered repatriation despite prospect of 'certain death'


Oliver Laughland - The Guardian

The Department for Immigration offered repatriation to two Syrian asylum seekers on Manus Island, despite one saying he faced “certain death” if returned, according to leaked case manager documents obtained by Guardian Australia. The documents show the two Syrians were suffering severe mental health issues at the time they had considered returning to war-torn Syria and raise serious questions about Australia’s commitment to international law.


Other

Transgender people will be able to alter birth certificates

Kirsten Lawson - The Canberra Times

Transgender people in Canberra are set for a landmark win this week when the ACT government passes laws allowing them to change the sex on their birth certificate. To date, a birth certificate can only be changed where someone has had sexual reassignment surgery.