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

Body pressure sends kids on a diet


Mitchell Nadin - The Australian 

Children as young as eight are dissatisfied with their image and try to control their weight, a new study has found, challenging the traditional notion of adolescence being the time young people become body-conscious.


Federal government accuses Labor of "tricking families" with its childcare letter campaign

Lauren Wilson - News Corp Australia

The federal government has hit back at a Labor campaign against changes to childcare subsidies, accusing the Opposition of trying to "trick families" into blaming Tony Abbott for rising childcare prices.


Online registration opens for relationship counselling vouchers

Judith Ireland - Brisbane Times



Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is encouraging Australian lovers to be quick if they want some government-sponsored relationship counselling. On Tuesday, couples will be able to register online for a $200 voucher for relationship education and counselling. But with a limit of 100,000 vouchers, a spokesman for Mr Andrews has told couples to sign up ''as soon as possible''.





Drugs & Alcohol

Three-strike policy for absconding problem drinkers should be removed, NT Law Society says

ABC

Absconding for mandatory alcohol treatment three times should not be an automatic offence, the Northern Territory Law Society says. Addressing last week's 48-recommendation review of NT legislation that allowed a tribunal to force serial drunks into periods of rehabilitation, the society said it also backed increased use of interpreters during assessment and treatment.


Health

Kevin Andrews urges critics to hold fire on McClure welfare reform report


Rosie Lewis - The Australian

Kevin Andrews has urged critics of the long-awaited report into welfare reform to hold judgment until after the six-week public consultation period. Several welfare groups have slammed the interim report by welfare expert Patrick McClure and called on the government to rule out some of the more controversial measures, while Labor said it would support the proposals only if it meant no cuts to payments.


Victoria sees highest number of new HIV diagnoses since early 1990s

Benjamin Riley - Star Observer

Victoria has seen the highest number of new HIV diagnoses in a single year since the height of the epidemic in the early 1990s, with experts attributing the jump to increased testing.


Indigenous

Noel Pearson teaching model to get $22m 


Jamie Walker - The Australian 



Back-to-basics schooling will be rolled out across indigenous Australia to lift literacy, as the federal government provides $22 million to fund a dramatic expansion of Direct Instruction from a pilot teaching program on Queensland's Cape York.





Marriage

Redefining marriage rejected in Finland for second time

Christian Institute

Same-sex marriage has been rejected in Finland for the second time in less than two years. The legal affairs committee rejected the same-sex marriage Bill by 10 votes to 6, compared to a 9-8 vote by the same committee in March 2013.


Politics

Support for coalition slides in Newspoll


Brisbane Times

Support for the coalition continues to drop, with the latest poll putting the Abbott government is now 10 points below its election-winning vote. The Newspoll, published in The Australian on Tuesday, puts Labor ahead of the coalition 55-45 per cent in the two-party preferred vote, a drop of two points for the coalition since the previous poll two weeks ago.


Refugees

Tamil asylum seeker boat may be forced back 


Ben Doherty, Heath Aston & Jason Koutsoukis - The Age



Tamil asylum seekers believed to have been intercepted on a stricken fishing vessel off Christmas Island might be forcibly returned directly to south Asia by the Australian government.