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

Sex Party senate candidate admits to marijuana use while calling for reform and "drug jobs"


James Drew - Quest Newspapers





A Sex Party senate candidate has high hopes of injecting drug law reform back into the public debate after admitting to marijuana use for medicinal purposes. Joel Murray - a QUT law student and arts manager - spoke on his party's plans to legalise, regulate and tax cannabis-type drugs at a Getup! senate candidate forum at St Lucia on Tuesday.














Education

WA Premier tells Principal to lighten up over cuts to education


Lucy Martin - ABC





More than 100 school principals, deputies and support staff have expressed their concerns and anger at meeting called to discuss the State Government's cuts to education. The government is slashing 350 education assistant positions, freezing teacher numbers and reducing specialist funding for public schools by 30 per cent.








Environment

Greg Hunt to push for pollution deal

Graham Lloyd - The Australian





An Abbott government would use Australia's term as chair of the G20 to help broker agreement between the world's four major carbon polluters to cut carbon dioxide emissions.












Homelessness & Poverty

Grieving grandmother given an extra 3 months to vacate property


Jessica Strutt - ABC





The WA Department of Housing has given a grieving grandmother an additional three months to vacate the property where she lives and cared for her son until he died of cancer last month. The ABC last night revealed the plight of Sue Sinclair, who lost both her son and husband to illnesses linked to a government 245T weed spraying program.




Renters on rise as home dream fades

Matt Wade -The Age



The share of Australian families that rent has drawn level with those who own their homes outright, as a growing number of young people appear to be giving up on the dream of buying a house. The proportion of households that are outright home owners has fallen from almost 42 per cent in the mid-1990s to 30.9 per cent in 2011-12, new Bureau of Statistics figures show. That is the lowest proportion collected by the bureau's survey of housing occupancy and costs, which started in 1995.
















Politics

Joe Hockey unveils Coalition savings but won't release back-up documents


David Crowe - The Australian





The Coalition has released an interim list of $31.6 billion in budget savings but has refused to release the independent findings to back its estimates, relying instead on three advisers to claim its figures are robust.










Election issues brought to light

Paul Dobbyn - Catholic Leader





Unacceptable levels of poverty in Australia, education funding, the rights of asylum seekers, pro-life issues, same-sex marriage and climate change continue to be key issues in the lead up to the federal election on September 7.














Refugees

No entry, wrong way, go back


Daniel Flitton and Michael Gordon - The Examiner





As a wave rises, the asylum seeker on the deck of the overcrowded Indonesian fishing boat has his first glimpse of the imposing navy patrol boat in the distance. Already, he has seen a plane circling above and waved, hoping it had flown from Australia. Now, his fervent wish is that the approaching vessel will take him to a new home, a new life.






AFP raids smash smuggling rings

Cameron Stewart & Paul Maley - The Australian





Australian Federal Police have identified more than 20 suspected people-smugglers in Australia and will conduct raids and arrests across the country today in a dramatic assault on smuggling syndicates.










Religious Freedom & Persecution

Sentenced to death for a sip of water


Asia bibi - N Y Post





As her religion faces persecution across the Middle East, a Christian woman explains why she faces hanging in Pakistan for the crime of ‘blasphemy’












Muslim Brotherhood targets Christian groups

Trumpet.com





A deepening rift is forming in Egypt between the Coptic Christian minority and the vast Islamic population of the country. The Muslim Brotherhood, desperately trying to reverse its losses, is trying to bring about as much instability as possible for the military to deal with. Much of its attention has been focused on the Christians, who are targeted with looting, vandalism, arson, kidnapping, torture and murder. This increase in Christian persecution will likely draw the attention of other forces outside of Egypt, primarily the Catholic Church.














Sexualisation of Society

Guilty verdict in ADFA Skype sex case


Michael Inman - The Canberra Times





Two men have been found guilty in the Australian Defence Force Academy Skype case An ACT Supreme Court jury took just over three hours to find Dylan Deblaquiere, 20, and Daniel McDonald, 21, guilty of using a carriage service in an offensive manner. McDonald was also found to have committed an act of indecency on the woman.










Suspended jail sentence for 'accidental' child porn downloads

Michael Inman - The Canberra Times





A Canberra man who downloaded child pornography by accident has been handed a suspended jail sentence. Clinton James Morosi, 36, pleaded guilty in the ACT Supreme Court to charges of accessing and possessing child porn.