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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Abortion

Why the right to conscientious objection must be restored


David van Gend - News Weekly

An abridged version of an address given to the Life Dinner in Melbourne on June 14 by Dr David van Gend, a Toowoomba GP and Queensland secretary of the World Federation of Doctors who Respect Human Life.


Children & Family

Families ‘to suffer’ under childcare reform plans


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Proposed changes to childcare funding have attracted criticism from unionists and parent lobby groups.


Classification

Advertising Standards Bureau reveals 10 most complained-about commercials for 2014

James Law - News Ltd

Graphic discussions of menstruation, a touch of S&M, lesbians lampooned, and an ad that’s been slammed as like something out of a horror movie. These are the most complained-about ads so far in 2014, according to the Advertising Standards Bureau. Commercials that are sexually overt, sexist or inappropriate for children have copped the most complaints from offended viewers.


Drugs & Alcohol

Tasmanian Government ministers unite in opposition to medical marijuana trials


ABC

Key Tasmanian Government ministers are standing firm against the idea of growing and processing medical cannabis in the state. Tasman Health Cannabinoids has been lobbying the Government to consider a medical cannabis trial, to be co-run with the University of Tasmania.


Campaign aims to educate women on dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy

The Courier Mail

Only 20 per cent of Australian women abstain completely from alcohol during pregnancy. A national campaign launched by the Federal Government aims to increase this number by giving health professionals better resources to educate mothers-to-be.


Homelessness & Poverty

Sleeping away homelessness


Sunraysia Daily

Organisers of this year’s 2014 Mallee Accommodation and Support Program Community Sleepout hope that further community support will assist homeless people in the region.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Canberra sex workers 'not a rescue project for politicians'


Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times

A veteran of the Australian sex industry has accused Liberal MLAs Giulia Jones and Vicki Dunne of using sex workers in the ACT for political advantage and labelled their three-week European study tour a waste of time and taxpayers' money.


Refugees

Asylum seekers' mental health linked to length of detention


Jane Lee - The Age

The Department of Immigration and the government's medical provider for asylum seekers have acknowledged that asylum seekers' mental health declines the longer they are kept in detention. The Australian Human Rights Commission's inquiry into children in immigration detention heard on Wednesday that 128 children in immigration detention were reported to have harmed themselves between last January and March this year.


Government's medical health provider to be probed over treatment of children in detention

Sarah Whyte - The Age

The federal government's medical health provider will face the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into children in detention on Wednesday.


Sri Lanka warns of dangers in mid-ocean asylum-seeker transfer

Amanda Hodge - News Limited

A boatload of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers found near Cocos Island has been picked up by Australian authorities and will be handed over to the Sri Lankan navy, an official navy spokesman has confirmed.