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

Care 4 Kids: Questions over how door-knocking charity spent $500k earmarked to help struggling schoolchildren


Madeleine Morris - ABC

A charity which says it helps children who have fallen behind at school has collected nearly $1 million in donations, but cannot account for how all the money supposedly paid to beneficiaries has been spent.


Drugs & Alcohol

Large crystal meth haul found in kayaks

News Ltd

A haul of crystal methamphetamine worth an estimated $180 million has been found stuffed inside kayaks imported from China.


Education

ACL to have say on national curriculum


NineMSN

Australian Christians are giving their opinion on religion in schools in a survey to inform submissions to the national curriculum review. The Australian Christian Lobby wants the national curriculum to adequately cover religion and Christianity in particular.


Euthanasia

Belgium set to extend euthanasia law to children


Associated Press

Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death -- extending the right to children for the first time.


Gambling

Gambling law angers Territorians stranded by flood


Conor Byrne - NT News

People trapped by floods have been stopped from buying food and medical supplies because of a new law forbidding them access to amounts greater than $250 from ATMs near pokie machines. The law, brought in by the Federal Government on February 1, was intended to stop gamblers spending all their money, and locked them out of machines after $250 was withdrawn in 24 hours.


Indigenous

PM focuses on indigenous jobs, schooling

SMH

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told parliament that his personal mission is to help Australians open their hearts on indigenous policy. In delivering his first annual Closing the Gap statement as prime minister on Wednesday, Mr Abbott recalled the watershed moment for him on indigenous affairs was Paul Keating's landmark Redfern speech in 1992.


Marriage

61-year-old man charged over alleged underage marriage of 12yo girl in Newcastle area


ABC News

Police have charged a 61-year-old man over an alleged underage marriage of a girl in the Newcastle area last month. The man from Raymond Terrace is believed to be the father of an underage girl married in an illegal ceremony.


Politics

Tasmanian Government enters caretaker mode as election campaign officially begins


Matt Smith - The Mercury

The Tasmanian Government is now in caretaker mode after Premier Lara Giddings visited Government House this morning to kick off the official election campaign. In Ms Giddings’ first media statement in caretaker mode, she said Tasmanians will “have a choice between the proven leadership of the Labor Party and the Liberal Party’s shallow promises and deep cuts.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Archbishop testifies on 'flagrant' Christian persecution in Middle East


FoxNews

In a rare appearance on Capitol Hill by a Vatican representative, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt testified Tuesday before a House subcommittee on the “flagrant and widespread persecution” of Christians in the Middle East. “No Christian is exempt, whether or not he or she is Arab,” Chullikatt said.


Sexualisation of Society

Alison Gold's Shush Up - Another day, another overly sexualised music video. Except this time the star is 11 yrs old.


Rosie Waterland - Mamamia

This is 11-year-old Alison Gold. Alison Gold has just paid for and released her third song through producer Patrice Wilson. It’s called Shush Up, and there is no other way to describe it other than extremely, extremely disturbing.