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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Drugs & Alcohol

Community forum on the drug methylamphetamine aka ‘ice’ calls for a drastic scare campaign on the dangers


Herald Sun

“I will be screwed for the rest of my life.” That’s the frank admission of ice user ‘Paul’, speaking to a forum on the drug’s use and effects in Melbourne today. The forum heard use of the drug — also known as methylamphetamine — is at epidemic levels and is on the verge of spiralling out of control without urgent attention.


Call for second injecting centre for Sydney

Amy Corderoy - SMH



A coalition of medical and drug experts is calling for a second supervised injecting centre to be opened in Sydney, after a spike in overdoses from heroin and similar drugs. A new drug reform group, called Unharm, says the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross has saved thousands of lives, and more could be saved if services were available in other areas such as south-west Sydney.





Education

Religion vital to Australian education


Anglican Education Commission

Recent press reports have seriously misrepresented the position of the Anglican Education Commission on public education policy. The commission has not called for the scrapping of the chaplaincy program or for the replacement of Special Religious Education (Scripture) in NSW schools.


School chaplains left to work without oversight

Amy McNeilage - SMH

Chaplains will continue to work in NSW public schools for at least six months without the regulation or oversight of the federal government, after the High Court ruled the national program was unlawfully funded.


Euthanasia

Euthanasia debate reignited 
(mentions ACL)

4BC Radio 

Preliminary ‘dying with dignity legislation’ has reignited Australia’s heated euthanasia debate. A draft bill to legalise euthanasia has been tabled in the Senate by Greens Senator and health spokesperson, Richard Di Natale. On the other side of the argument, Australian Christian Lobby managing director, Lyle Shelton, told Patrick he and his organisation strongly advocate for palliative care rather than euthanasia. 


Homelessness & Poverty

Most ex-prisoners unemployed or homeless six months after release, study says


ABC

Most ex-prisoners are unemployed or homeless six months after their release, and the results are worse for people with mental illnesses, an Australian study has found.


Marriage

Federal judges rule against gay marriage bans in Utah, Indiana


Sean Sullivan - The Washington Post

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down a constitutional amendment in Utah limiting marriage to a man and a woman, handing at least a temporary victory to gay rights advocates.


Politics

Crisis has Victorian Coalition on ropes: Newspoll

The Australian

The ailing Napthine government’s election-year budget has failed to win over voters, as rolling political crises and federal spending cuts further weaken the administration’s hold on ­office, the latest Newspoll shows.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex workers would be free to work the streets if third attempt at legalising prostitution passes


Adelaide Now

Sex workers would be able to work the streets and not be forced to practise safe sex if a new push to decriminalise prostitution was approved. Councils would also have the power to decide how close brothels could be to places such as schools and churches.


Refugees

Changes to asylum-seeker repatriation test attacked for risking lives, violating rights


Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon - The Age



A move to radically reduce the threshold for deciding to send asylum seekers back to possible danger will violate rights and endanger lives, leading refugee lawyer David Manne has warned. Under sweeping changes introduced to Federal Parliament on Wednesday, those whose protection claims are rejected face return to their country unless it is decided they are ''more likely than not'' to suffer significant harm.