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

Judge John Pascoe wants spouse-abuse court

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian

One of the nation’s top judges has called for a separate, less ­formal tribunal to deal with family law cases involving extreme domestic violence, arguing that the current adversarial system is not the right place for women who have been badly abused.


Classification

Wicked Campers apologises for controversial van slogan after public uproar, vows to update other vehicles


Rebecca Trigger - ABC

Wicked Campers has apologised to the woman whose petition over an offensive van slogan sparked a furore, and vowed to change any "insensitive" vehicles in its fleet. It came on the same day the Senate unanimously passed a Greens' motion condemning the slogans, which have been described as racist, sexist and misogynistic.


Drugs & Alcohol

Service sees many with opioid addiction

Doug Dingwell - The Advocate

About 30 per cent of clients at a North-West Tasmania drug and alcohol service were addicted to prescription opioids.


Education

Federal Government rules out return of corporal punishment, after curriculum adviser says it can be 'very effective'


ABC

The Federal Government has ruled out the return of corporal punishment in Australian schools, after one of its education advisers caused a stir saying it could "be very effective".


Glare on cane-using schools

Bethany Hiatt - The West Australian



Two private schools in Perth that still use corporal punishment to discipline students have fallen under the national spotlight after an education adviser to the Federal Government reignited deb-ate about the merits of the cane.





Health

HIV diagnoses hit 20-year high


Julia Medew - The Age

HIV diagnoses have reached a 20-year high in Australia and there are fears one in seven people with the virus do not know they have it, putting more people at risk. Public health experts are calling for a renewed focus on HIV testing and treatment after new data showed 1235 people were diagnosed with the blood-borne virus in Australia last year - a 70 per cent increase on the number documented in 1999 when diagnoses were at their lowest.


Plunge in smoking attributed to plain packaging

Harriet Alexander - The Age



A dramatic decline in smoking rates has coincided with the introduction of plain-packaging laws. The daily smoking rate plunged from 15.1 per cent to 12.8 per cent between 2010 and 2013, according to the largest and longest-running national survey on drug statistics. Most people are now 16 before they smoke their first full cigarette, up from 14 in 2010, and 95 per cent of 12 to 17-year-olds have never smoked.





Indigenous

Indigenous recognition may not succeed before next election

Michael Gordon - SMH

Hopes of indigenous recognition in the constitution before the next election are fading. Liberal MP Ken Wyatt, the first indigenous member of the House of Representatives, said: ''My personal view is that there has not been enough discussion, nor enough work done in the broader Australian community.


Marriage

Majority supports same-sex marriage


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

An analysis by the Liberal Party's national pollster has found people believe gay couples need the benefits of marriage and most people agree legalised gay marriage is inevitable so "why not do it now". The Crosby-Textor poll found 80 per cent agreed that “all Australians should be treated equally under the law, and that includes being able to marry’’.


Politics

Liberal senator James McGrath makes radical call for GST rise, privatisation of 'left-biased' ABC


James Massola - SMH

An incoming Liberal senator has set out a radical libertarian program in his maiden speech, calling for the GST rate to rise to 15 per cent, federal health and education departments to be abolished and for the immediate sell-off of youth radio station triple J, with the rest of the ABC to also be privatised if it fails to address perceived left-wing bias.