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

Teasing out the facts in the latest abortion report

Mercator NET

US rates have hit a 40-year low -- but not because of restrictive laws, says the Guttmacher Institute. Does that make sense?


Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol: Barry O'Farrell announces Sydney lockouts from February 24


Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

New laws requiring 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks in venues that serve alcohol will be imposed from February 24 across central Sydney. Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the start date on Wednesday. It is about two months earlier than previously flagged.


Go inside the world of the middle-aged heroin user

ABC

The death by overdose of one of the world's most talented actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, has shone a spotlight on the little-seen issue of middle-aged heroin use.


Gambling

Aussies are world’s top gamblers, research reveals


Athena Yenko - IB Times

Aussies are once again on top of the list of gamblers among other countries as revealed by a study from H2 Gambling Capital, a British consultancy. But they are found to bet more even if they lost more at gambling.




Australians’ gambling losses build the case for reform


Australian Christian Lobby - Christian Today

Reforms to the gaming industry should remain on the political agenda in light of fresh reports that Australians are the world’s biggest gamblers, according to the Australian Christian Lobby. The report, published recently in The Economist, puts Australian gambling losses at around $1144 per resident.


Indigenous

Elite unit to drive Noel Pearson indigenous reforms


News Ltd

Sixteen of the most powerful indigenous and business leaders as well as top-ranking bureaucrats have been appointed to oversee a radical plan devised by Noel Pearson to empower Aboriginal communities and ensure that funding delivers real gains on the ground. Mr Pearson will co-chair the new steering committee with Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet associate secretary Liza Carroll to drive enormous change in the way money for indigenous Australians is spent.


Politics

Malcolm Turnbull defends Tony Abbott against 'lying' accusations


Judith Ireland, Henrietta Cook - SMH

Government frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has defended Tony Abbott against accusations he lied about workers' conditions at SPC Ardmona, saying the Prime Minister has never lied to him and does not lie.


Paul Howes' olive branch may be game changer for Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny - SMH

Tony Abbott must feel pretty lucky. He wins a leadership ballot at the end of 2009 in which he initially had no intention of even nominating, and just more than a term later is prime minister.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistan's religious minorities under attack


Huffington Post

The first month of 2014 has shown a bloody preview of what to expect for Shias and religious minorities in Pakistan. The past few weeks saw the targeted killing of Shia lawyers, doctors, and other professionals in Lahore, Karachi and various cities.


Other

Penalties increased to 21 years for performing genital mutilation in NSW

Sarah Gerathy - ABC

The New South Wales Government has increased the maximum penalty for performing female genital mutilation from seven to 21 years.