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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Abortion

Fears raised as one of Hobart’s two abortion clinic closes


Matt Smith - The Mercury

The closure of one of Hobart’s two abortion clinics has raised concerns about where women will access pregnancy terminations. The Fertility Control Clinic at Moonah has closed its doors, citing the cost of meeting new accreditation rules. Dr Kathy Lewis had been flying from Melbourne to perform abortions one day a week for the past 10 years.


Drugs & Alcohol

Police lose 80,000 hours of valuable time to the drug ice


Herald Sun

A spike in ice-fuelled drug psychosis has been blamed for wasting more than 80,000 hours of police time in three years. The crisis in mental health has turned police into makeshift ambulance drivers with experts saying only 20 per cent of those transferred required hospital care.


Education

Parents of truants to lose benefits, unemployment


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

A radical measure that allows Centrelink to suspend unemployment and other benefits for those who fail to respond to warnings about poor school attendance by their children will be expanded across the Northern Territory by the Abbott government as part of its crackdown on truancy.


Homelessness & Poverty

Catholic homelessness hostel at 120 per cent of capacity


David Ellery - The Canberra Times

If St Vincent de Paul's Samaritan House in Hackett was a luxury hotel, its directors would be laughing all the way to the bank. Every night, 365 days of the year, it is operating at 100 to 120 per cent of its 12-bed capacity.


Marriage

NSW Labor to support same-sex marriage


Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

NSW Labor is set to back same-sex marriage in Australia at next weekend's annual conference, three years after dodging the issue in 2011 by referring it to the federal division. But the party is expected to be split over whether to call on the federal Labor party to require its MPs to vote in favour of same-sex marriage legislation that may come before the House of Representatives.


Politics

LNP concedes defeat in Stafford by-election as Labor secures more than 50 per cent of the vote


The Courier Mail

Campbell Newman has suffered a humiliating by-election defeat as voters in the Brisbane electorate of Stafford turned en masse against his administration. In a result that will strike fear throughout the LNP just eight months before the general election, Labor candidate Anthony Lynham cruised to victory on a mammoth swing of 18.6 per cent.


Age/Nielsen poll: Labor leads Coalition 54-46

Mark Kenny - SMH

Tony Abbott's success in scrapping the carbon tax last week has not arrested his government's poll slide, with Labor's primary support jumping 3 points and voters still favouring Bill Shorten for a third consecutive month.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Decriminalisation would prevent HIV, say sex workers

Julia Medew - The Examiner

Sex workers from around the world are calling for the decriminalisation of prostitution to prevent HIV, including in Australia where people can still be prosecuted for buying or selling sex in some states and territories.


Refugees

Sri Lankan refugees remain in legal limbo


Leo Shanahan & Rachel Baxendale - The Australian

At least 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers are likely to languish aboard an Australian naval ­vessel until the High Court ­decides their fate next month.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Meriam Ibrahim: Family drops lawsuit brought against Sudanese Christian convert

Aislinn Laing - The Telegraph

The cancelling of the case brought against Meriam Ibrahim by her Muslim family days before it was scheduled to be heard raises hopes she might finally be able to leave Sudan for exile in America.