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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Bioethics

A new womb for the baby


Richard Orange - SMH

Womb transplants are the new frontier of reproductive science. Richard Orange reports on the quest to produce the first healthy baby from a transplanted uterus.


Children & Family

The madness of child protection policy in Australia


Jeremy Sammut - On Line Opinion

In December 2013, the Abbott government announced plans to take adoption out of the 'too-hard basket' and make it easier for Australian parents to adopt children both locally and from overseas. The chief barrier to more local adoptions is the anti-adoption culture in state and territory child protection authorities.


Number of family-violence related homicides understated: police

Nick Toscano and Craig Butt - The Age

The number of family violence-related homicides has been drastically understated until recently, Victoria Police has admitted.


Drugs & Alcohol

Stronger teen drinking fears


Chris Clarke - The Examiner

Community groups have called for stricter regulations surrounding alcohol laws and advertising, with fears the current system is promoting a stronger teen drinking culture in Tasmania. State law allows a "responsible adult" on private property to supply alcohol to a minor under their watch.


Gambling

Get rid of pokies


Rosemary Bolger - The Examiner

Curfews should be imposed on gaming venues until poker machines can be phased out completely, Tasmania's largest community service provider has urged the new government. In its submission to a $1.2 million review of the effectiveness of harm minimisation strategies in Tasmania, Anglicare Tasmania has declared the only solution to a devastating public health problem is to get rid of pokies.


Health

The high cost of holding on


Amy Corderoy, Rachel Olding, Alexandra Back - SMH

Australia needs to rethink how it keeps sick, elderly people alive in hospitals and stop overtreating them at the end of their lives, the outgoing director of St Vincent's Hospital's Intensive Care Unit says. Bob Wright, AM, a pioneer of intensive care medicine, said older patients are being treated more intensively and expensively than ever before and ''sometimes you wonder whether it's the right thing''.


Homelessness

Begging ban: Perth city council pushes to outlaw beggars in city centre


Brendan Foster - The Guardian 

A push by Perth city council to make begging a crime has been criticised by a peak housing body for the homeless. Perth wants the West Australian government to bring back a law that would see begging banned in the CBD.


Politics

Mike Baird joins Libs' lobbying ban


Dennis Shanahan & Mark Coultan - The Australian

Liberal Party officials will be forced to choose between business links and party posts as Tony Abbott and NSW Premier Mike Baird join forces to head off even “messier’’ evidence about the peddling of political influence expected to be aired at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.


Refugees

Cambodia resettlement deal for asylum seekers moves closer


Sarah Whyte - The Age

A deal with Cambodia to resettle asylum seekers is moving closer with Scott Morrison declaring that a country's economic capacity is irrelevant to his expansion of a "club" of nations to take refugees.


Other

Brian Harradine, 'father of the Senate', farewelled with state funeral


Tyson Shine - ABC

Brian Harradine, Australia's longest-serving independent senator, has been honoured at a state funeral in Hobart. Mr Harradine, who died last week aged 79, represented Tasmania for 30 years and became known as the "father of the Senate".