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

Seven young children killed in just 20 months


News Limited

Seven young children and babies have been killed in just 20 months in horrific family violence attacks in Victoria. The youngest was an eight-week-old girl and the oldest a nine-year-old boy. At least six of the seven were allegedly killed by a parent or step-parent.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy

NSW Surrogacy Act to be reviewed


Serkan Ozturk - Star Observer

Public submissions are now being sought for a review of NSW’s Surrogacy Act 2010. The review has been announced by NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith pursuant to Section 60 of the Act, which called for an examination three years after the bill’s date of assent. The Act commenced in March 2011 after it was passed following a conscience vote and for the first time made it legal for de facto and same-sex couples to apply for parentage orders.


Drugs & Alcohol

Staffer Alastair Furnival had links to alcohol industry, helped strip funding from group minimising alcohol harm

Amy Corderoy – Sydney Morning Herald

A lobbyist working in Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s office had links to the alcohol industry and played a key role in stripping Australia’s peak drug and alcohol body of its funding. Alastair Furnival told staff at the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia in a meeting in December that their organisation, established 46 years ago, would no longer be funded.


Norway to trial nasal spray antidote to heroin overdose

The Guardian

Country with western Europe's worst heroin overdose rate to trial Naloxone spray in Oslo and Bergen, its two most populous cities.


Education

Primary school principals shut down religious education classes


Konrad Marshall - The Age

Hundreds of primary school principals have stopped offering weekly religious education in schools, despite a department requirement to offer the classes. Current Education Department guidelines state that principals "must" schedule the contentious ''special religious instruction'' (SRI) classes in the school timetable when accredited and approved instructors are available, but Education Department figures suggest the number of Victorian state schools delivering SRI programs declined by almost a third in the past two years.


Gambling

ICAC hears of $428k 'loan' to NSW official


Sophie Tarr - AAP

Former RailCorp executive Joseph Camilleri liked to keep work and home separate, a NSW corruption inquiry has heard. But when his gambling-addict daughter told him she needed cash fast he allegedly turned to co-workers, contractors and even his boss for $1.5 million in "loans", which his daughter allegedly spent supporting her habit and taking trips overseas.


Human Rights

Why I’ll take the approach of a classical liberal to human rights

Tim Wilson - The Australian

As Human Rights Commissioner I want to promote a culture of rights and responsibilities so that every Australian understands their rights and confidently stands up for them against government encroachment.


Marriage

UK: Gay marriage: Church of England to offer prayers after weddings but no same-sex marriage for vicars


Lizzie Dearden - Independent

Gay couples will be able to have special prayers following their weddings but members of the clergy are banned from entering same-sex marriages when these become legal next month. “We are all in agreement that the Christian understanding and doctrine of marriage as a lifelong union between one man and one woman remains unchanged. It will continue not to be legally possible for two persons of the same sex to marry according to the rites of the Church of England.”


Refugees

Manus Island asylum-seekers break out again


The Australian

Asylum-seekers on Manus Island have breached a perimeter fence for the second time in a week, forcing staff to be evacuated, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has said.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Over 100 killed in Islamist attack in northern Nigeria


Reuters

The attackers stormed the village in Nigeria's restive northeastern Borno state on Saturday, slaughtering scores of civilians and sending many others fleeing. The raid took place on Saturday in the mostly Christian village of Izghe in Borno, which has been under emergency rule since May last year in a bid to stop an Islamist rebellion that has claimed thousands of lives since 2009.