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

Coalition ranks rebel over paid parental leave scheme


Sid Maher - The Australian

Tony Abbott has been told his paid parental leave scheme faces defeat in the Senate, with enough rebel Nationals and Liberal sen­ators prepared to vote against the proposal to ensure its demise.


Drugs & Alcohol

Police: One in 10 Wagga drivers on drugs

ABC

A special road-side drug testing operation in Wagga at the weekend found more than one in 10 drivers returned a positive reading of having drugs in their system. On Saturday police tested 94 drivers with 10 positive readings for cannabis, amphetamines or both.


Education

Complaints about school chaplaincy program on the decline, figures show


Daniel Hurst - The Guardian 

The number of complaints about the national school chaplaincy program has declined over the past two years, federal Education Department figures show, amid criticism of the federal government’s decision to stop funding secular welfare officers.


Health

Rail staff to train in self-harm awareness


Adam Carey - The Age

A database of people who die by suicide on Australia's railways is being created in the hope that more can be learnt about how best to tackle a problem that claims hundreds of lives and frequently devastates train drivers. Railway station staff will also be trained, beginning this month, to detect warning signs that a person intends self-harm and on appropriate ways to intervene. There are 150 deaths by suicide a year on Australia's railways and between 30 and 40 in Melbourne.


The $13 trick to get kids smoking

Daily Telegraph

A $13 packet of 25 cigarettes — just slightly dearer than the average price of a pack of illegal smokes — is the latest weapon from tobacco companies to fight the government’s tough anti-smoking laws. British American Tobacco Australia began distributing the cut-price line of Rothmans — which it claims is the cheapest on the market this week.


Fears AIDS plague of 1983 may return

Sean Parnell - The Australian

A quarter of a century ago, fear of AIDS gripped the American gay community, the disease showing no mercy against those it infected as scientists struggled to find a treatment — let alone a cure. Now, while there is still no cure, advances in medicine have reduced the rate of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, and sustained the lives of those with the underlying Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Fear has given way to complacency: in Australia, the long-running decline in the HIV infection rate has stuttered in recent years, and there is fresh evidence that undiagnosed HIV is, again, a public health threat.


Overseas Aid

Great need to protect women in conflict zones - CARE Australia


ABC

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict opens in London this week. Co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the actress and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie, it's the largest-ever meeting of its kind. It hopes to end sexual violence in conflict-affected countries, involving the UN, NGOs and donor countries. Foreign minister Julie Bishop has voiced her support for the summit but there are calls for Australia to do much more.


Politics

Labor moves to expel Shaw after legal advice


Richard Willingham - The Age

Victorian parliament has the power to expel embattled independent MP Geoff Shaw and any legal challenge is likely to fail, according to legal advice from an eminent constitutional expert.


Refugees

Illegal asylum boat trade beaten, Department of Immigration and Border Protection figures show

Simon Benson - Daily Telegraph

The tide has officially turned on the people-smuggling trade with the number of asylum seekers returned from Australian detention or offshore processing centres now outstripping the total number of those seeking to come by boat since the election.


Failed asylum seekers to be forced to take concrete steps to return home under tightened appeal process rules

James Fettes - ABC 

The ABC has learned the Federal Government is tightening the asylum seeker appeal process to force would-be refugees to make concrete steps to return home, even if they have not exhausted their rights to appeal.