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.



Drugs & Alcohol

ACT Government should supply medical cannabis: Rattenbury

Emma Kelly - The Canberra Times

The ACT Government would supply medical cannabis to users under Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury's vision of how legalised marijuana use would work in the territory.


ACT Liberals fight prison needle exchange plan

Ben Westcott - The Canberra Times



The Canberra Liberals have called on the ACT government to abandon plans to trial a needle exchange program in the Alexander Maconochie Centre prison, saying the territory should not be "crash test dummies" for new policies.





Would you like a beer with that? Alcohol may soon be available from service stations and convenience stores

ABC Local



The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have used a competition policy review to recommend that service stations, supermarkets and convenient stores be allowed to sell alcohol.





Foetal Alcohol Syndrome moving into second and third generations in some indigenous communities

Michael Madigan - The Courier-Mail



Foetal alcohol syndrome in indigenous communities is moving into second and third generations as impaired parents affected by the disorder struggle to raise offspring.





Human Rights

Family First's Bob Day wins backing to amend Racial Discrimination Act

Stefanie Balogh - The Australian 

Family First senator Bob Day will officially launch his bid to remove the shackles on free speech next week after locking in the support of two senators as co-sponsors of his proposed changes to race-hate laws.


Marriage

A topic too hot to touch?

Karl Faase - Bible Society

The discussion about same sex marriage has created tension across our community and within the church. Much of the Christian community and especially the evangelical church has sought to take a stand which seeks to maintain marriage as it is presently practised and legislated.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

More legal brothels open in Queensland but outcalls not on agenda, Bleijie says

John Taylor & Matt Eaton - ABC

The legal brothel industry in Queensland has experienced a resurgence after a decade of almost static growth, but the state is resisting pressure to legalise outcalls. The Prostitution Licensing Authority's annual report now lists 27 licensed brothels in Queensland - up from 24 just over a year ago.


Refugees 

Scott Morrison to sign MOU on refugee resettlement, Cambodian government says

Samantha Hawley - ABC

The Cambodian government says Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's visit to the nation on Friday will be used to sign a deal on the resettlement of refugees.


Other

Religious leaders called for restraint in the face of escalated terrorism fears within Australia

Mohamed Taha & Philippa McDonald - ABC

Christian and Muslim leaders have called for restraint and common sense in the face of escalated terrorism fears within Australia.


Senator Cory Bernardi requests burqa ban in Parliament House

Latika Bourke - The Age



The burqa and other facial coverings would be banned from being worn by visitors to Parliament House in Canberra, if the anti-burqa campaigner Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi gets his way.