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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Education

Big secularism or the Australian Sprawl? Why Marion Maddox is Wrong about Christian Education 
(mentions ACL)

David Hastie - ABC Religion & Ethics

Les Murray, the father of Australian letters, once used the image of a certain "quality of sprawl" - "loose-limbed in its mind" - as lying at the fickle, freckled, anti-ideological heart of many Australians. And yet, Murray said, sprawl "gets up the noses of many kinds of people ... whose futures don't include it." In Australian schooling, there is a sense that something long held tight is unravelling into sprawl: something that a big ideological centre cannot hold.


Health

Western Australia signs up to National Disability Insurance Scheme trial


ABC

Western Australia has signed up to a trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the last state to reach an agreement with the Federal Government. Premier Colin Barnett made the announcement with Prime Minister Tony Abbott just days out from the state's Senate re-run election.


Marriage

Archbishop of Canterbury signals end of C of E's resistance to gay marriage


Andrew Brown - The Guardian

The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the Church of England will mount no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers. Gay marriage will be legalised from Saturday with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight. This passing of the legislation caused deep rifts within the church.


Price tag on ACT's push for same sex marriage sits at over $112,000

Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times

The ACT government has spent more than $112,000 on legal advice for its push to allow same-sex marriage, with the price tag expected to grow. Attorney-General Simon Corbell has told the ACT Legislative Assembly legal costs have reached $112,883 so far, with the full amount likely to include the Abbott Government’s legal costs from its successful High Court challenge to the laws.


Politics

Support for the Coalition and Greens on the rise in the lead up to WA Senate re-run


Perth Now

Labor is losing support to the Coalition and Greens in Western Australia, as Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten hit the campaign trail in the lead up to Saturday’s crucial Senate re-run. According to the latest Newspoll, primary support for the Coalition has risen since Christmas, from 41 per cent to 46 per cent, yet it’s still not as high as the 51.2 per cent election result.


Bryan Green takes on Tasmanian Labor leadership after Lara Giddings resigns

ABC

Bryan Green is the new Labor leader in Tasmania after gaining unanimous support from colleagues.


Refugees

Rosemount Good Shepherd’s Community Commerce scheme helping refugees start businesses


News Ltd

A refugee arrives in Australia with a raft of amazing business skills but, battling language, culture and unfamiliar regulations, is unable to use them and ends up relying on welfare instead. Now a new scheme is set to help migrants break out of the welfare cycle.


Abbott government scraps taxpayer-funded legal advice for asylum seekers

Lisa Cox - SMH

Asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat or plane without visas will no longer have access to free immigration services. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said that from Monday the government would cease funding the services, which he likened to "taxpayer-funded legal advice".


Sexualisation of Society

A little less soft porn and a little more surfing please... 13 y/o writes fierce letter to magazine.

Mamamia 

13-year-old Olive Bowers isn’t afraid of the waves. A keen surfer, she can be found down at the beach with the boys – and other female surfers – during summer. The year eight student also isn’t afraid to tell people what she really thinks. After reading a recent issue of Tracks magazine – the self-proclaimed “surfer’s bible” – Olive was disgruntled when she realised how little coverage of actual women’s surfing there was in the mag.


Other

Nile: My views on sex are misread 


Alicia Wood - The Sunday Telegraph 

Morals crusader Fred Nile wants out of your bedroom. The 79-year-old, who is relaunching his Christian Democratic Party, says he no longer wants to talk about “hot button” issues such as gay marriage, abortion and sex.