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

Alcohol plans target trouble-makers not closing times


Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times

Changing the players, not the game, is how the government hopes to tackle alcohol and drug fuelled violence across the state. Premier Campbell Newman said he believed the changes he hoped to implement in Queensland, which put an increased focus on personal responsibility, penalties and regulation, would ultimately work better than restricting trading hours for licensed venues.


Synthetic LSD: Federal Government to outlaw four more synthetic drug substances

ABC

The Federal Government says it will outlaw a further four substances that are marketed as synthetic LSD. Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan says the four substances soon to be banned are commonly marketed as Smiles, N-Bomb or Pandora.


Education

Child removed from NSW public school after prayer vote

Amy McNeilage - SMH

Many public schools still recite Christian prayers at assemblies, despite the concerns of parents who say the education system should be secular. NSW public schools are allowed to write or use Christian or multi-faith prayers in consultation with their community, according to Education Department policy.


Health

Legal experts slam law that allows electric shock therapy on children

Farrah Tomazin - The Age

The Napthine government faces a backlash over contentious laws allowing electric shock therapy to be used on children with severe depression and other mental illnesses. With Parliament resuming this week, the Coalition is under pressure to wind back a bill that allows psychiatrists to continue using electroconvulsive therapy on people under 13, despite calls to ban it on children.


Marriage

Sex with child OK in Victoria if married

Ean Higgins - The Australian

The Victorian government is under pressure to scrap an antiquated legal loophole that states an adult can lawfully have sex with a child as young as 12 so long as they are married. Islamic activist group Hizb ut-Tahrir rediscovered the old law following a recent alleged “child bride” case in NSW, and is claiming that in Victoria it would not have been a crime.


Politics

Labor to get fourth term in SA

AAP

South Australia has avoided a constitutional crisis and the potential of a fresh election with independent MP Geoff Brock delivering Labor the numbers to form a minority government. Labor will be returned for a fourth term thanks to Mr Brock's support which ends a week of uncertainty after the March 15 poll returned a hung parliament.


Senate poll in WA: Scott Ludlam's hopes may go up in smoke

Heath Aston - Canberra Times

Scott Ludlam's ''welcome to Western Australia'' speech against Prime Minister Tony Abbott lit up social media and made him an instant hero of Gen Y. But the Greens senator's campaign for re-election in WA has been hit by claims he is actually a social conservative on one important issue to many young people: the legalisation of marijuana and other drugs.


Refugees

Scott Morrison defends move by PNG to call halt on Manus Island detention centre inquiry 


Heath Aston - The Age

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended Papua New Guinea's moves to end a judicial inquiry into human rights inside the Manus Island detention centre. On Sunday, Mr Morrison said he had been kept abreast of the PNG government's plan to stymie the inquiry, initiated by the PNG judge and former human rights lawyer David Cannings after the death of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati.


Other

Saving yuppie souls

ABC Religion & Ethics

From the heart of New York, a preacher tells his flock to abandon the creed of the city -- check your ambition and the quest for success. Dr Tim Keller leads the 7,000-strong Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. As he prepares to visit Australia, Dr Keller speaks with Andrew West.


Coalition urged department to 'massage' jobs data

David Crowe - The Australian

Ministerial advisers encouraged federal officials to “massage” their economic forecasts to match Tony Abbott’s vow to create one million jobs over the next five years amid concern the original estimates would fall short of his target.