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

Children of same-sex couples enjoy same health and wellbeing


Rachael Brown - ABC

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found children of same sex parent families enjoy the same health and wellbeing, if not better, than their peers. 


Drugs & Alcohol

Medical cannabis on WA Labor agenda


AAP

Legalising medicinal marijuana is a controversial proposal but is the right thing to do, West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan says. Mr McGowan announced the plan at the state branch's annual conference on Sunday, where he also said the WA Liberals were on the ropes but more work was needed to knock the Barnett government out of power.


Euthanasia

Push to deregister Nitschke


Cathy O'Leary - The West Australian

WA's peak doctors' group will lobby medical authorities to deregister euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke, saying he is a disgrace to their profession and could undo years of work by suicide prevention groups.


Homelessness & Poverty

MPs call for halt to reform as homeless ‘miss out’


The Herald

Labor MPs and candidates have launched a campaign in the Hunter to stop homeless people falling through the cracks, urging the state government to halt “ill-thought-out reforms”. At least six specialist homelessness services are at risk of closure in the region because they have so far missed out on ongoing funding.


Human Rights

George Brandis says any changes to Racial Discrimination Act will go to cabinet later this year


James Massola - SMH



Attorney-General George Brandis has admitted any changes to the Racial Discrimination Act will be delayed until later this year, as Australia's first law officer makes his way through the 5557 submissions on proposed changes to the Act.





Marriage

Divorce is costing the Australian economy $14 billion a year


News Limited

Divorce and family breakdowns are costing the national economy more than $14 billion a year in government assistance payments and court costs, an exclusive News Corp analysis has found.


Politics

Parry expected to be upper house President


The Examiner

Launceston-based Liberal Senator Stephen Parry is tomorrow expected to be elected President of the nation's upper house. The new-look Senate will sit for the first time tomorrow and one of its first orders of business will be to choose a replacement for the vacancy created by the retirement of former President, Labor's John Hogg.


Refugees

Asylum seekers screened at sea returned to Sri Lanka


Matthew Knott - SMH



The Abbott government has confirmed that 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who attempted to reach Australia by boat have been handed over to Sri Lankan authorities. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison released a statement on Monday saying that the asylum seekers, whose boat was intercepted in late June, were returned to Sri Lanka yesterday.





Other

Religious freedom to help shape public policy a really dangerous idea


Angela Shanahan - The Australian

There has been a great deal of brouhaha lately about an attempt to deliver a talk at the so-called Festival of Dangerous Ideas on a very dangerous idea, that “Honour killings are morally justified”. The fact this is indeed a dangerous idea, unlike most of the other ideas at this gabfest forum for spouting politically correct platitudes and green-left articles of faith, seems to have really scared the cowardly right-on liberal participants.


Calls to help sex-change kids as demand for gender reassignment soars

Jill Stark - The Sunday Age

The number of children accessing medical treatment to help them change gender has increased 60-fold, leaving Australia’s only clinic for transgender young people struggling to cope with the rise in demand. Exclusive figures obtained by The Sunday Age show the Royal Children’s Hospital gender dysphoria service is seeing 150 patients a year, with new referrals rising from one per year in 2003 to 60 in 2014.