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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Classification

Wicked Campers F-bomb van sparks more complaints


Jackie Sinnerton - The Courier Mail

Notorious van rental firm Wicked Campers has dropped the F-bomb and the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau isn't happy. This van was snapped travelling on a Brisbane road, leaving shocking children and parents more as it trundled past. The ABS confirms that it continues to receive complaints about Wicked Campers.


Australian government plans rapid content removal for social media

Josh Taylor - ZDNet

The Coalition government is moving ahead with plans to force large social media companies to remove content deemed to be bullying, or face the consequences.


Drugs & Alcohol

Premier shrugs off booze sentence critics


Lauren Farrow - Herald Sun

It will cost millions, swell the NSW prison population and do nothing to deter alcohol-fuelled offenders, critics say. But the NSW premier is pressing ahead.


Terrorists taking cut of millions in drug money

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker - The Age

Terrorist groups are profiting as part of a money-laundering operation involving the hundreds of millions of dollars Australians spend on illegal drugs. The revelations come as Australia's biggest money-laundering probe, Project Eligo, has identified hundreds of unwitting Australian residents being duped into helping launder the drug money overseas, including funds generated by outlaw motorcycle groups and people-smuggling operations.


Education

Victorian schools warned following complaints about religious education


Daniel Hurst - The Guardian

Concerns raised over evangelical Christian group prompts education department to remind principals of guidelines.


Human Rights

Australia's human rights performance under fire


SBS

Human Rights Watch has released a scathing review of Australia's policies on asylum seekers, disability, sexual orientation and Indigenous affairs.


Indigenous

More 'money on ground' with indigenous reforms


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The powerful Minerals Council of Australia says the government's decision to merge 26 indigenous programs into five will provide significantly more money to be spent on aboriginal people with up to half of all commonwealth money spent clogged up in administration.


Marriage





Federal Government offers newlyweds $200 voucher to attend marriage counselling

Laura Chalmers - The Courier Mail

Newlyweds across Australia will be given a $200 voucher for marriage counselling from July 1, as part of a $20 million trial to strengthen relationships and avoid family breakdowns. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews confirmed the Federal Government's $200 voucher scheme would proceed with a 12-month trial of 100,000 couples starting on July 1.


Overseas Aid

The Tasmanian PUP puts its case for billions more in federal funding


Zoe Edwards - ABC

The head of the Tasmanian branch of the Palmer United Party is pushing for an extra $5 billion from the Commonwealth to fix the state economy. But Kevin Morgan has stopped short of calling for the money to be taken from the foreign aid budget, in line with his party's Senator-elect. Jacqui Lambie has put a figure on the amount she believes is needed to revitalise Tasmania's economy. She says the $5 billion dollars could be redirected from the foreign aid budget, and delivered to the state over four years.


Refugees

Australia should take more Syrian refugees: Amnesty


Santilla Chingaipe - SBS

Amnesty International is calling on Australia to vastly increase its intake of Syrian refugees.