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.



Health

HIV on rise as gay men abandon condoms

Harriet Alexander - SMH

Doctors are concerned that gay men with HIV are abandoning safe sex practices, and may unwittingly be spreading previously rare sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis.


Push to butt out in children's playgrounds in Adelaide goes up in smoke

Miles Kemp - The Advertiser

Only six councils have signed on to enforce a ban on smoking in children's playgrounds and public transport stops, leading to less than one person a day bein


Indigenous

Nation wants equality, not ready to vote

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 



Australians want to address inequality in the constitution but are wary of giving "special treatment" to one group of people on the basis of race, says Tony Abbott's indigenous recognition advisory panel.





Marriage

Same-sex marriage: Liberal MP Craig Laundy changes stance on free vote

Judith Ireland - SMH

Liberal MP Craig Laundy has had a change of heart on the same-sex marriage debate. And it is not good news for advocates of marriage equality. Mr Laundy had been one of the only Coalition MPs in the class of 2013 who had come out publicly in support of a free vote on same-sex marriage, even though he did not support same-sex marriage himself for religious reasons.



Refugees

Greens conference: Call for asylum seeker centre in Tasmania

Michelle Paine - The Mercury

Greens leader Kim Booth has proposed a billion-dollar asylum seeker centre for Tasmania to boost the economy and address human rights issues. Mr Booth addressed the party faithful at the Greens conference in Launceston yesterday, saying the party was needed more than ever.


Religious Freedom & Persecution 

Iraqi Christians fly to new life in France after escaping Islamic State

John Irish & Antony Paone - Reuters

On a warm evening at Arbil International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan some 150 mostly Christian refugees anxiously waited to flee their homeland aboard a French government plane. 


Pope Francis praises human rights and religious freedom during Albania visit

The Guardian 

Pope Francis has spoken out against those who use religion as a pretext for violence and oppression, in his clearest denunciation yet of the Islamic state militants murdering their way across Syria and Iraq.


Sexualisation of Society

The scourge of sexting in schools 

Alicia Wood - The Daily Telegraph

The scourge of sexting in public schools is becoming a major concern for parents. Teachers say that last year there were five times as many reports of students sending unwanted sexually explicit photos to classmates than in 2012.


Other

Sin city... bringing Melbourne's crime wave under control

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston & Craig Butt - The Age



Melbourne's bid to become a 24-hour city has been marred by a wave of violent crime that sees about six people a day falling victim to bashings, robberies and sexual assaults in the CBD.





Jacqui Lambie calls for ban on the burqa for public safety reasons

Oliver Milman - The Guardian 

The Palmer United party senator Jacqui Lambie has called for a ban on the burqa for public safety reasons. The Labor opposition condemned as “inflammatory” comments from Lambie on Friday and the Liberal senator Cory Bernardi on Thursday, in the wake of a series of counter-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane.