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

Proposed family violence name and shame laws fall short, lawyers say

Melissa Davey - Tbe Guardian

Victorian family law experts say legislation won’t improve victims’ support services and could hinder offenders’ rehabilitation.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Judicial chiefs call for lifting of domestic ban on commercial surrogacy


Nicola Berkovic - The Australian

The nation’s two top family ­judges have called for the ban on commercial surrogacy to be lifted in Australia and for the government to crack down on couples who pay for it overseas, including by enforcing criminal sanctions and tightening visa rules to ­prevent babies being brought onshore.


Drugs & Alcohol

Tas police were concerned over medical cannabis trial in 'apple shed'


ABC

Objections by police were partly behind the Tasmanian Government's rejection of a medical cannabis growing trial, Parliament has been told. Health Minister Michael Ferguson rejected a bid two months ago by Tasman Health Cannabinoids to grow a cannabis crop for medicinal trials.


Education

Students protest education changes, burn Pyne effigy


Michael Koziol - SMH

About 600 students took to Sydney’s streets on Wednesday afternoon to protest the Abbott government’s proposed changes to higher education.


Euthanasia

Professor Death: Peter Singer says criminals should have euthanasia option to avoid prison

Wesley J. Smith - Life News

I think it is time to start calling Peter Singer "Professor Death." The Princeton moral philosopher–an oxymoron in his case–is the world’s foremost proponent of infanticide. He usually uses examples of disabled babies, but the reason he believes they can be killed is that they are supposedly not “persons.” Thus, Singer has refused to state that killing a baby because she was ugly would be wrong.


Indigenous

Constitution must protect against racism


Neda Vanovac - Yahoo News

The federal government must never be able to remove the protection for citizens of the Racial Discrimination Act, the Northern Territory's opposition leader says. The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples heard evidence in Darwin on Wednesday on the importance of recognising the first peoples in the constitution, and on the removal of sections which allow the passing of laws that discriminate against people based on their race.


Marriage

US: Government to farmers: Host same-sex wedding or pay a $13,000 fine

Ryan T. Anderson - Daily Signal

Should the government be able to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex wedding? In a free society, the answer is no. Family farms should be free to operate in accordance with the beliefs and values of their owners. Government shouldn’t be able to fine citizens for acting in the market according to their own—rather than the government’s—values, unless there is a compelling government interest being pursued in the least restrictive way possible.


Politics

Julie Bishop warns Clive Palmer of 'mongrel' ramifications


Judith Ireland - SMH

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Clive Palmer should ''reflect'' on his actions in the wake of his comments about the Chinese being ''mongrels'' who ''shoot their own people'', warning that even though China is Australia's biggest trading partner, we ''still have to compete with other countries''.


Victorian election: Countdown begins with Premier Denis Napthine promising vision for future

Alison Savage - ABC

The countdown has begun to the Victorian state election, with 100 days until polling day. A string of recent opinion polls have Labor in an election-winning position and Premier Denis Napthine concedes it will be a close-fought battle.


Refugees

Asylum staff hit by mental health crisis

Michael Gordon & Sarah Whyte - The Age



The mental health crisis inside the detention centre on Christmas Island is now taking its toll on those who guard the asylum seekers, with one female employee attempting to take her life and a male considered at serious risk of self-harm.