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.



 



Drugs & Alcohol

Uniting Church of WA urges government to legalise medical cannabis 

AAP

The Uniting Church has urged the West Australian government to consider legalising cannabis for medicinal use. At its annual meeting at the weekend, the WA church’s synod voted in favour of changes to state law so doctors could prescribe medicinal cannabis, which would be administered under supervision.


Medical cannabis: Victorian Government to amend legislation to allow drug trials

ABC



New laws that will allow for medical trials of cannabis will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament today. The drug is currently listed as a prohibited substance by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, but there is growing support to allow the drug to be used by people suffering from terminal illnesses.





Salvos' van joins frontline against violence in memory of Thomas Kelly 

Rick Feneley - SMH



Salvation Army officers will join the frontline battle against alcohol-fuelled violence – helping young people at risk of becoming a victim or perpetrator – at "safe place" vans planned for Sydney city and Kings Cross.





Education

Study looks at how to keep students in school as one-fifth of children at risk of leaving early 

Wes Hosking - Herald Sun

A landmark Victorian study is investigating how best to keep students in school amid concern that about one-fifth are at risk of leaving early. The three-year study’s initial findings indicate teachers’ ability to connect with students is one of the bigger factors in keeping them in school.


Compulsory dispute splits federal curriculum reform team

Justine Ferrari - The Australian 

The two-member panel reviewing the national curriculum is split over a key recommendation in its report to the federal government: how much of the curriculum should be compulsory.


Euthanasia

Euthanasia advocate Romaine Rutnam says assisted dying laws would reduce suffering 

Geraldine Cardozo - Gosford Express Advocate

A leading Central Coast voluntary euthanasia advocate is calling on the government to allow terminally ill adults to die with dignity. Dying with Dignity NSW’s Dr Romaine Rutnam said more seriously and terminally ill and are choosing to die early and alone.


Indigenous

Abbott in the Top End: PM 'confident' on timeline for Indigenous constitutional recognition vote

Anna Henderson - ABC

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Government will finalise the timeframe for a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition within weeks. Mr Abbott is in north-east Arnhem Land on a week-long visit which includes meetings with Aboriginal elders and other stakeholders.


Warren Mundine savages plan for dedicated indigenous seats

Patricia Karvelas & Rosie Lewis - The Australian 

Tony Abbott's top indigenous advisor, Warren Mundine, and Aboriginal Liberal MP Ken Wyatt have savaged a proposal to create dedicated indigenous seats in federal parliament, warning such a move would create resentment across the country and destroy the referendum.


Refugees

Asylum seekers: PNG minister seeks to hasten resettlement from Manus Island

Lenore Taylor - The Guardian 

Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister is trying to unblock his cabinet’s deliberations about the resettlement of refugees from the Australian-funded processing centre on Manus Island by separating it from broader decisions about asylum policy.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Lack of concern for Christians is one reason behind rise of ISIS, says Open Doors president

Stoyan Zaimov - Christian Post



A lack of concern for Christians and a lack freedom of expression for religious minorities in the Middle East is one of the reasons behind the rise of terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said David Curry, the CEO and president of Christian persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA.