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.



Children & Family

Generation violence: Kids as young as 10 being convicted for domestic violence offences as NSW police struggle to cope

Lia Harris - The Daily Telegraph



Children as young as 10 are being convicted of domestic violence offences as police struggle to deal with the increasingly aggressive behaviour of generation Z.





Drugs & Alcohol

Medical cannabis closer to federal approval 

Matthew Knott - The Age



The federal government would be given oversight over the production and distribution of medical cannabis under new legislation to make the make the drug available to patients with chronic pain.





New drug, alcohol program for schoolkids

Sarah Vogler - The Courier-Mail



Queensland students will be taught the dangers of drugs and alcohol use and the potential legal consequences of everything from drink-driving to coward punches when a new program is rolled out in schools from next month.





City drunks banned three times more than Kings Cross drinkers

Kirsty Needham - SMH

Drunks are being banned from Sydney city pubs and clubs at three times the rate of bans  issued in Kings Cross under alcohol violence laws.


Euthanasia

Euthanasia campaigner Nitschke investigated over more deaths

Julie-Anne Davies - The Age



Embattled euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke is being investigated by police in every Australian state over his possible role in nearly 20 deaths in the past three years, all of them apparently suicides.





Health

Care needed to help people die how they want: report

Miki Perkins - SMH

Doctors should be required to talk to elderly or very sick patients about their end-of-life care, with few Australians taking steps to ensure they do not get unwanted medical treatment when they are dying.


Biala clinic scale-back bad for sex workers: Prostitution Licensing Authority

Cameron Atfield - Brisbane Times



The Prostitution Licensing Authority has taken aim at the state government's decision to scale back a Brisbane sexual health clinic, saying GPs were often ill-equipped to deal with sex workers' needs.





Politics

Kate Jones to stand against Campbell Newman 

AAP

Labor's Kate Jones has thrown her hat in the ring to stand against Queensland Premier Campbell Newman at the state election. The former state environment minister will seek preselection in her former seat and the premier’s current seat of Ashgrove, in Brisbane.


Newspoll shows SA Labor surging ahead on force of budget backlash

Sarah Martin - The Australian 

Labor in South Australia has consolidated its unlikely election win, as it opens up a lead in Newspoll for the first time in five years. In the first major opinion poll since the March state election, Labor has edged ahead on a two-party-preferred basis to be leading the Liberal Party 51 per cent to 49 per cent.


Labor retains lead over Napthine government as job woes hurt Coalition

Ben Schneiders - The Age



The Victorian Labor Party retains an election-winning lead over the Napthine government with a new poll showing voters marking the Coalition government hard on its record on jobs and public transport.