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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Children & Family

Statistics don’t lie: de facto couples living in sin more likely to separate, says Families Minister Kevin Andrews


Sunday Telegraph

For better or worse, Families Minister Kevin Andrews has urged de facto couples to get married if they want to boost their chances of a long-term relationships and protect their children. With the number of couples living together before marriage leaping from one in five couples in 1979 to almost four in five in 2012, Mr Andrews said the simple fact was that de facto couples are more likely to separate. And those who suffered most from relationship breakdowns were children.


Advice service fails to woo couples

Judith Ireland - SMH

Kevin Andrews' love revolution is a slow burner. Almost all of the free relationship counselling vouchers under the Social Services Minister's scheme to introduce more harmony in Australians' love lives remain up for grabs. With a limit of 100,000 vouchers available to couples, a spokeswoman for Mr Andrews urged people to register as ''soon as possible'' when the scheme launched on July 1.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Abandoned baby Gammy rushed to hospital in Thailand

Lindsay Murdoch, Saffron Howden - The Age

A baby boy abandoned by his Australian parents is so gravely ill in a Thai hospital his surrogate mother believes his death is imminent. Six-month-old Gammy has been rushed to hospital with a lung infection, as Australians raised tens of thousands of dollars to get him medical care.


Drugs & Alcohol

Cannabis trial goes offshore

The Examiner

The company pushing for medicinal cannabis trials in Tasmania says it has heard the government’s message loud and clear and will stop pursuing opportunities in the state – unless there is a change in attitude or leadership. Health Minister Michael Ferguson yesterday spoke strongly against Tasman Health Cannabinoids’ proposal for medicinal cannabis trials in the state after the group was given the green light by Norfolk Island.


Homelessness & Poverty

More older women becoming homeless in Canberra according to ACT Shelter report


ABC

An increasing number of older women in Canberra are finding themselves at risk of homelessness, according to a new report. Older single women often earn lower average wages than men, have less secure employment and can be left financially worse off after relationship break-ups.


Marriage

Conscience vote likely on same-sex marriage


Heath Aston - The Age

Parliament is heading for a historic vote on same-sex marriage in which Liberal Party MPs will be free to vote with their conscience. The Coalition party rooms are likely to decide on a conscience vote during the upcoming spring session of Parliament, with one Liberal MP saying it is now ''almost certain'' the party will dump its binding opposition to gay marriage.


Refugees

Australia should raise intake of persecuted Iraqi Christians, says ACL


Rachel Ford - Christian Today

The Australian Christian Lobby has called on the government to provide Iraqi Christians refuge after being driven from their homes by jihadist militant group, Islamic State (IS).


Nauru transfer angers refugee advocates

ABC

The federal government faces mounting criticism for its handling of a group of Tamil asylum seekers, now in detention at Nauru.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Australian Iraqi Christians stage protest against religious persecution in their homeland by ISIS


By Anne Barker - ABC

Thousands of Christians from Australia's Iraqi community have staged a protest in Sydney against religious persecution in their homeland by Islamist militants. Members of the Assyrian, Syriac and Chaldean Christian communities have spoken out against attacks by the Islamist group Islamic State, formerly known the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


Why don't we hear about persecuted Christians?

Natasha Moore - ABC

The media often gets it wrong when covering (or not) the global persecution of Christians, but this reveals our religious blind spots rather than a conspiracy of silence, writes Natasha Moore.