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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Charities & NFP

More Tasmanians in need of Salvation Army help

Matt Smith - The Mercury

Tasmania's Salvation Army says the welfare organisation has seen a 30 per cent ­increase in demand in the past 12 months. Launching the Salvo’s ­annual doorknock in Hobart today, communications and fundraising Tasmanian secretary Craig Wood said the increased demand had been fuelled by a new category of people seeking help – the working poor.


Fears charities are doomed

Farrah Tomazin - The Age

One of Australia's leading welfare experts has warned that small charities could cease to exist in Victoria, pushed out by super-sized community groups in a ''welfare arms race'' created by the Napthine government.


Children & Family

Push to ease adoption search

Stefanie Balogh - The Australian

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is leading a push to reverse a privacy ban that prevents groups seeking to reunite families affected by forced adoption or institutional care from accessing the electoral roll.


Education

Chaplaincy fund changes cut out social worker jobs


Alex Druce - The Examiner

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Tasmania's secular student social workers - with a lack of choice causing unease over changes to school chaplaincy funding. From January 1, the federally funded National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program will be replaced by a five-year, $245 million initiative that will only be offered to religion-affiliated positions. This means the handful of secular student welfare workers in Tasmania (The Sunday Examiner understands there are fewer than 10) will be without jobs.


Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness risk for women after funding review


Amy Corderoy, Rachel Browne - SMH

Homeless women are already being evicted from refuges under a new measure that cuts $5 million out of city homelessness services, advocates say. They fear some of the most vulnerable people in the state will end up sleeping rough or in backpacker hostels under a state government policy that has been labelled "cruel" and "economic lunacy" by the opposition.


Indigenous

Health overhaul closes the gap


Michael McKenna - The Australian

Six months has been added to the life expectancy of Aborigines living in southeast Queensland with the launch of streamlined chronic-disease services and aggressive preventive health programs masterminded by local indigenous medical clinics.


Marriage

Same-sex marriage will return to political agenda: Gallagher


Tom McIlroy - Canberra Times

Five months after the High Court overturned historic ACT legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry, Ms Gallagher said efforts by the Abbott government to block reform would eventually be overcome. In an interview with veteran journalist and former Canberra Times editor Michelle Grattan for The Conversation, Ms Gallagher said the 2013 ACT legislation represented genuine marriage equality.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Brothels ignored warning on neurosurgeon Suresh Nair


Eamonn Duff - SMH

Sydney's brothels were warned of a violent and dangerous drug-addicted doctor targeting sex workers before he supplied lethal doses of cocaine that killed two prostitutes during wild sex binges. But an investigation can reveal that not only did the sex parlours continue to deliver scores of women to the neurosurgeon, they also allegedly sold him cocaine worth tens of thousands of dollars.


Sexualisation of Society

Children’s smartphone app game Star Girl slammed for objectifying women


Rhian Deutrom, Jackie Sinnerton - The Courier Mail

A smartphone game deemed suitable for preschool children has come under fire for promoting “gold digging”, bondage-inspired lingerie and flirting for rewards at nightclubs. The controversial app game Star Girl, which has 1.2 million followers on Facebook, is age-rated 4+ by iTunes and is growing in popularity in Queensland.


Other

Principal of Redlands College, Mark Bensley, transfers Muslim student teachers after they wear hijab to school

Rhian Deutrom - The Courier Mail

The principal of a Christian College has come under fire for transferring two student teachers after they turned up for work dressed in traditional Muslim headwear.