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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Drugs & Alcohol

Teens in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs create drug cocktail with cough syrup

Alex White - Herald Sun

Parents are reporting a deadly new cocktail made from children’s cough syrup and lemonade is being taken by teens in Melbourne. Children as young as 14 are mixing a maroon medicine called Painstop with lemonade and another ingredient — which the Herald Sun chooses not to reveal — to make a drug that mimics the effects of ­heroin.


Education

School equity experts barking up the wrong tree


Kevin Donnelly - ABC

Those wanting to improve equity in Australia's education system should be looking to increase rather than limit school autonomy and school choice, writes Kevin Donnelly.


Homelessness & Poverty

Claims Baird government has abandoned the homeless


Daily Examiner

The State Government has come under fire this afternoon over claims it has abandoned more than 80 homelessness services operating in New South Wales.


Indigenous

Indigenous school children more likely to be overweight or obese than non-indigenous kids


Rachel Carbonell - ABC

A study out today in the Medical Journal of Australia has found that Aboriginal children are more likely to be overweight or obese than non-Indigenous children.


Marriage

Cruel marriage laws mean transpeople must divorce


Same Same

All states of Australia should repeal laws which force couples to divorce if one partner seeks legal recognition of their gender reassignment. The issue has emerged as South Australian Greens MLC Tammy Franks said in Parliament that she’d heard from half a dozen couples who are facing the predicament.


Overseas Aid

Why not cut aid? Let us count the ethical reasons, just for a start


Keith Horton - The Conversation

Major changes have been made recently to Australia’s official aid program. Funding has been cut sharply. Australia’s aid agency AusAID has been absorbed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and no longer exists as a separate entity, reducing the autonomy of the aid program.


Politics

The Greens play tough but will avoid double trouble


Paula Matthewson - ABC

The Greens are playing tough politics on a number of budget measures before the Senate change-up and could pave the way for a double dissolution - but don't hold your breath on that, writes Paula Matthewson. In two weeks Australian federal politics will shift slightly on its axis. The balance of power in the Senate will move from being the sole domain of the Australian Greens to also being shared by a motley collection of mostly conservative senators.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Pimp 'forced' Aust women into prostitution


Peter Mitchell - Yahoo News

A Jamaican man accused of being a violent pimp who forced women into prostitution in Australia will face trial in a Miami, Florida, court.


Refugees

Taskforce promotes 'Tasmanian solution'


Georgie Burgess - The Examiner

Tasmania could be the next offshore processing centre under a revived plan put forward by church and multicultural groups. The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce will present the ``Tasmania solution'' to the federal government in an effort promote the idea of moving asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru to the state. The call comes as part of the 2014 Refugee Week.


Bill Shorten faces damaging ALP split over asylum processing

Sarah Whyte and James Massola - SMH

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is facing an internal battle, with Labor MPs urging their colleagues to drop support for asylum seeker processing on Nauru and Papua New Guinea and instead advocate the closure of the two centres.