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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Children & Family

Women, kids ‘at risk’ with remote courts overloaded


The Australian

Families in regional and remote areas are waiting up to two years to resolve complex parenting disputes and putting children at risk of harm because the family law system is under-resourced.


Drugs & Alcohol

No shots after midnight: new bans on Sydney alcohol service


Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

Pubs, clubs and bars across central Sydney will be hit with a fresh crackdown on alcohol service from mid-July, including a ban on shots, doubles and pre-mixed drinks after midnight in a bid to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence. Customers will also be prevented from buying more than four drinks at a time after midnight and more than two drinks per person after 2am to prevent "stockpiling" before the 3am curfew on alcohol service.


Crime stats highlight Ballarat's ice scourge

David Jeans - The Courier

Drug offences in Ballarat continue to soar as the regional ice scourge takes its toll across the community.


Education

Schools to lose secular welfare staff under Christian chaplaincy drive

Benjamin Preiss and Ben Butler - SMH

The government has allocated $245 million over five years for the national chaplaincy program in the budget. The group that provides chaplains and Christian religious instruction to Victorian schools expects a surge in demand after the federal government revealed plans to remove the option for schools to hire a non-religious welfare worker. Accounts filed by Access Ministries showed it has already reaped the benefits of increased federal chaplaincy grants, which have turned around its finances after running at a loss for four consecutive years.


Euthanasia

Swiss group to allow assisted dying for elderly who are not terminally ill


The Guardian

Exit adds 'suicide due to old age' to its statutes, giving people suffering from age-related problems the choice to end their life.


Gambling

Aristocrat set to launch mobile games


Trevor Chappell - The Australian

Poker machine maker Aristocrat Leisure will soon have its popular Facebook games ready for play on smartphones and tablets. Aristocrat says its "Heart of Vegas" suite of games on Facebook is growing and was one of Facebook's top new games of 2013.


Qld deputy premier defends extra casinos

Nine MSN

Queensland's deputy premier has defended moves to give the state three more casinos as Brisbane moves closer to getting another betting venue.


Indigenous

Prof calls for Indigenous recognition


Sky News

Professor Patrick Dodson has called for Indigenous recognition in the constitution to be meaningful and substantive, otherwise there's no point. He told a National Reconciliation Week oration that there is no point in only symbolic change.


Politics

Budget impasse: Greens can't name one measure they will support


The Guardian

Christine Milne seeks compensation for those hardest hit by the proposed reindexation of the fuel excise


Other

Prayers for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

Ian Warden - The Canberra Times

A bracing breeze whistled through the grounds of the all-girl St Clare's College in Griffith on Wednesday afternoon. It played with the white ribbons dangling from a tree (that already had white ribbons tied around its trunk) and picked up from a lectern and tossed away the notes from which Mr S. Dauda, a minister from the Nigerian embassy, was speaking to his audience of 80 students.