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

New booze laws make the city and Kings Cross a safer place as assault incidents fall by half in wake of lockout laws


News Corp

Violent assaults in Kings Cross and the CBD have fallen by half since the government’s lockout laws were introduced last month. Police and ambulance officers have also reported huge corresponding drops in the number of bloody attacks in the party precincts.


Silk Road closure fails to dampen illegal drug sales online, experts say

Katie Silver - ABC

The online illegal drug business is booming, researchers say, with several new websites popping up despite the closure of the infamous website Silk Road last year.


Health

NDIS trial costs blow out by 30pc: scheme hits $46,000 a head


Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Costs on the pilots for the new national disability care program blew out by as much as 30 per cent in the first six months, hitting $46,000 a person, punching a hole in the May budget and threatening billion-dollar hits in the years ahead.


Homelessness & Poverty

Kevin Andrews extends homeless funding after crisis warning


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The Abbott government has extended homeless funding for an extra year following a campaign by services which warned they would lay off staff without an intervention. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says the government will provide $115 million to ensure critical homelessness services continue to support some of Australia’s most vulnerable people.


Human Rights

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson says race hate laws are bizarre, unequal


Bianca Hall - The Age

Racial discrimination laws have led to the ''bizarre'' situation where members of a community can use racially loaded language against each other while outsiders can't, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has said.


Marriage

Another bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriage


Benjamin Riley - Star Observer

The Australian Greens have announced they will introduce a bill into Federal Parliament allowing same-sex marriages performed overseas to be recognised in Australia, less than a year after the party’s previous bill on this issue was soundly defeated in the Senate. South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the bill would seek to amend the federal Marriage Act to allow recognition of overseas same-sex marriages.


Politics

Will Hodgman announces cabinet line-up for new Tasmanian government

ABC

Tasmania's premier-elect Will Hodgman has announced the make-up of his new cabinet. It will consist of nine ministers and two parliamentary secretaries who will oversee 24 portfolios.


Liberals rebound in the West: Newspoll

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

The Coalition and the Greens have experienced a dramatic recovery in electoral support in Western Australia at the expense of Labor as all three face a crucial battle in the Senate election. Support for “others’’ — including the Palmer United Party — has fallen in the first three months of the year, leaving the West Australian Senate re-election even more complicated ahead of Saturday’s poll.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Working girls trapped in a cycle of dependence, drugs and exploitation


Eamonn Duff - SMH

After being bundled into the back of a truck in the McDonalds car park at Caringbah, Adeline* held tight as she was trafficked in total darkness, down the Pacific Highway. Her stint as a prostitute at a Sydney brothel was over but, hours later, the nightmare would resume in Canberra where she had been shifted as fresh talent to another rundown parlour


Refugees

No boats in 100 days: Tony Abbott claims victory


Inga Ting - The Age

After 100 days without the arrival of an asylum seeker boat on Australian shores, the Prime Minister claimed victory on Saturday: He had stopped the boats. "We can say to all of the people who scoffed, who said … it was just a simple slogan, that it can be done," Tony Abbott said. But the government's claim of success came after revelations that two Australian employees of security contractor G4S are suspects in the brutal killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island.