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

Geoff Shaw backs Bernie Finn on controversial abortion claims


Richard Willingham & Henrietta Cook - The Age

Balance-of-power MP Geoff Shaw has thrown his support behind outspoken anti-abortion Liberal backbencher Bernie Finn, saying at least he has the guts to speak up. Earlier on Wednesday, Premier Denis Napthine revealed he had spoken to Mr Finn and his comments on abortion are "totally wrong" and were detracting from the government's message of improving Victoria.


Charities & NFP

Kevin Andrews' policy advisor, Ted Lapkin, behind government push to scrap charities commission


Gareth Hutchens & James Massola - Canberra Times

An Israeli war veteran who once fought Hezbollah and has also worked for Republican congressman Rick Lazio is now the key adviser overseeing Kevin Andrews' controversial push to abolish the charities commission. Ted Lapkin, a former research fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, was hired by the Abbott government in January as a policy adviser on the non-profit sector.


Education

Behavioural problems in schools not understood by department: auditor-general 


ABC News 

The West Australian Department of Education does not understand how widespread behavioural problems are in schools across the state, a report has found. The auditor-general, Colin Murphy, found the department did not have a good understanding of problem behaviour in schools or the strategies being used to combat it.


Euthanasia

Kingmaker's euthanasia push puts major parties on notice


Verity Edwards & Rebecca Puddy - The Australian

The South Australian Labor and Liberal parties are distancing themselves from potential pressure from independent Bob Such to support euthanasia laws. Dr Such, who is looming as one of two kingmakers, is deciding who he will support to form government in the event of a hung parliament, after holding private meetings with Premier Jay Weatherill and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall.


Human Rights

Brandis flags racial act changes 


Sky News

Attorney-General George Brandis has dispelled doubts about the Abbott government's intention to change a controversial section of the Racial Discrimination Act.


Marriage

Poll call after Ley's gay marriage claim
(includes poll)

Natalie Kotsios - The Border Mail



Albury is ready to talk seriously about where it stands on same-sex marriage, a convenor of a Border gay and lesbian support service says. Hume Phoenix’s Toni Johnson also thinks a full poll should be taken on both sides of the Murray to determine just how many people are in favour of changing the Marriage Act.





Politics

Ballot papers cast before South Australian polling day and outside voters' home electorates to be counted 

Daniel Wills - The Advertiser 

Results in knife-edge seats are expected to become much clearer today as the bulk of ballot papers cast before polling day and outside voters’ home electorates are counted. Electoral Reform Society of SA secretary Deane Crabb has called for the introduction of electronic rolls and Electoral Commissioner Kay Mousley has flagged recommendations for legislative reform that could prevent the state again being left in limbo for days.


ALP power brokers tap Bryan Green on the shoulder 

Matt Smith - The Mercury 

Lara Giddings and her loyal deputy Bryan Green look set for a leadership showdown. Mr Green is shaping as the preferred choice by Labor power brokers – but with the ­expectation the next leader of the Labor Party will not lead the party to the next election.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Pollies take a red-light tour 


Stefanie Balogh - The Australian 

Two ACT Liberal politicians will lead a taxpayer-funded, fact-finding tour on prostitution law reform to France, Sweden and South Korea to study radical changes that shift criminal responsibility on to men who pay for sex.


Refugees

Asylum seekers on Manus fed worm-infested bread, inquiry told 


AAP

An asylum seeker has told a Papua New Guinea court about eating worm-infested bread and prison-like conditions at the Manus island detention centre. Speaking on Wednesday at an inquiry into whether detainees’ human rights are being catered to under PNG’s constitution, he said that an “angry” immigration minister Scott Morrison had told them to not even dream about coming to Australia.