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

Albury Police defend abortion protest rights


Nick Fogarty and Gaye Pattison - ABC

Albury Police say there is no legal basis for banning protesters from the Englehardt Street abortion clinic, despite a strong push from residents and clinic supporters. Every week the protesters are required to have their application to protest at the clinic approved by Albury Police.


Children & Family

Government urged to target seniors, families in budget cuts by economics group Macroeconomics


ABC

An economic forecaster is urging the Federal Government to "cut hard and cut early" in next month's budget, targeting seniors, families and businesses.


Human Rights

Jewish leader eyes middle path on race act reform


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Australian Jewish community leader Mark Leibler believes the “offence” provision of the Race Discrimination Act should be removed to allow the federal government to broaden the right to free speech while entrenching strong laws against racism.


Politics

Bill Shorten’s plan to democratise Labor

James Massola - SMH

Bill Shorten will announce sweeping Labor Party reforms that empower rank and file members, rein in powerbrokers' say over candidates and call for fewer factional bosses to be pre-selected for the Senate.


Labor's Louise Pratt out-polling colleague Joe Bullock in WA Senate re-count

Lisa Cox - SMH

Labor’s Louise Pratt is out-polling incoming senator Joe Bullock in the below the line vote count in the WA Senate election. In a sign of the extent to which Mr Bullock’s disastrous campaign hurt the party’s vote in the fresh WA poll, Senator Pratt leads Mr Bullock 1285 votes to 1039. The numbers will not affect the final outcome, with Mr Bullock claiming what is expected to be Labor’s only seat in the rerun.


Harradine a ‘politician of the old school who connected with people from all walks’

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Brian Harradine, the longest-serving independent parliamentarian and the embodiment of an earlier era of Labor Party division over Communist influence within the ALP and union movement, died yesterday at the age of 79.


Refugees

Church expresses concern over asylum seeker's attempt to take own life following visa rejection


Rachel Ford - Christian Today

The Catholic Church have expressed concern after a Sri Lankan asylum seeker attempted to take his own life when his visa was denied by the Australia immigration department.


Asia urged to toughen borders

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Australia has urged its Asian neighbours to strengthen their border controls in line with the Coalition’s hardline ­app­roach to people-smuggling, arguing it is essential to create a regional deterrence to international crime and terror.


Christians arrested at Bishop's office

Sky News

Christian protesters have been arrested after staging a sit-in at the Perth electorate office of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Police were called to the deputy leader of the Liberal party's offices in Subiaco on Monday after receiving reports of protesters refusing to leave the premises. Nine men and two women conducting a prayer vigil were arrested and taken to the Perth Watch House.


Other

Jesus entry meek, his existence unassuming


Claire van Ryn - The Examiner

My son is a collector. Doesn't matter much what the object is, but were you to drop in at our place on any given day you would find small collections stashed in tins, on plates and in plastic bags.