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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Abortion

Abortion clinic, council in court fight


AAP

An abortion clinic will take the City of Melbourne to court to demand it enforces laws to protect patients and staff from protesters. The Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne says members of an anti-abortion group have regularly harassed and intimidated patients and staff over a number of decades.


Choosing life instead of the shadow of death

Catholic Leader

This is Wendy Francis’ speech delivered at the Rally for Life in Brisbane’s Queens Park on February 22.


Charities & NFP

For these gifts we are about to receive make us truly thankful


Paul Syvret - The Courier Mail

Tax breaks for churches of all manner of denominations, some of them very big business enterprises in their own right, cost the Australian Budget billions of dollars a year in foregone revenue.


Drugs & Alcohol

Fiona Nash's decision to axe drug and alcohol adviser has cost $1 million


Amy Corderoy - SMH

The government has paid nearly a million dollars to cover its sudden axing of Australia's peak drug and alcohol body, documents reveal. A leaked report from the administrator winding up the Alcohol and Other Drug Council of Australia shows the government has paid out more than $949,000 so far because of the decision by beleaguered Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash to cut the organisation's funding without notice.


Euthanasia

A son's plea to Denis Napthine: This is no way for my mother to live

Julia Medew - The Age

If it were not for some occasional snores, Sue De Ravin could be dead. The thin woman is lying motionless in a chair with her arms crossed over her chest. Her mouth is resting wide open. Inside, all but a couple of teeth are missing.


Health

Unravelling why geography is Australia’s biggest silent killer


Lesley Barclay - The Conversation

Many people think the poorer health and lower life expectancy of people living in rural or remote Australia are attributable to the under-supply of health services in those areas. But this is only one contributing factor.


Politics

Liberals heading for Tasmania majority

The Australian

As early Newspoll figures point to a new Liberal majority government in Tasmania, Premier Lara Giddings has revealed she will consider quitting the Labor leadership - potentially even parliament - if Labor loses.


Tasmanian Christian ALP voters let down by party’s lack of engagement, says ACL

Christian Today, Australia

The Australian Christian Lobby says many Tasmanian Christian Labor voters will be disappointed with the party’s lack of engagement with the constituency during this election. ACL Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said just one sitting Labor MP, Brian Wightman, participated in the five Meet Your Candidate Forums conducted by the lobby.


Minister in shock resignation ahead of cabinet reshuffle

Josh Gordon - The Age

State cabinet minister Peter Hall is resigning from State Parliament almost nine months early ahead of a likely cabinet reshuffle next week. The Age has confirmed that Mr Hall – who is leader of the Nationals in the upper house and the minister for higher education – will deliver his valedictory speech to parliament on Thursday, having decided to leave politics.


Refugees

Court rejects people smuggler's appeal


The West Australian

A convicted people smuggler jailed for 14 years has lost an appeal against the sentence he was handed for recklessly endangering asylum-seekers' lives, including those aboard the vessel which crashed into Christmas Island, claiming 50 lives.