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

Same-sex adoption reform on the agenda in Victoria

Benjamin Riley - Star Observer

Victorian Labor have voted in favour of a platform including a range of LGBTI-related reforms at the state conference over the weekend, including legalising same-sex adoption in Victoria.


Cuts 'force families into deep poverty'

Ewin Hannan - The Australian

Sole parents with two children aged between six and 12 will lose up to $52 a week in family tax benefits, while a single-income couple with similarly aged children would miss out on $75 a week, analysis of budget changes shows.


Drugs & Alcohol

Police seize synthetic cannabis worth $25k in Canberra raids


Canberra Times

Police seized about $25,000 worth of synthetic cannabis during raids on three retail outlets across Canberra on Monday.


Education

Clive Palmer's university switch: from deregulation to zero fees within days


Matthew Knott - The Age

Millionaire politician Clive Palmer has switched his position on the Abbott government's plans to deregulate university fees, saying he will block the legislation just days after flagging he would support the controversial changes.


Student protesters disrupt lecture by former federal Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella at Melbourne University

Benjamin Preiss - Canberra Times

Former federal Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella has been escorted from a lecture at Melbourne University after it was apparently overrun by protesters. Mobile phone footage shows Ms Mirabella being guided out of the room while people chant.


Indigenous

Indigenous health leaders call for exemption from Federal Government's planned GP co-payment


Anna Henderson - ABC

Indigenous health services are calling for immunity from the $7 co-payment for visits to the doctor until the Closing the Gap targets are met. A group of Aboriginal health leaders will meet in Canberra today in an attempt to resolve concerns about the co-payment.


Marriage

Recognition of overseas same-sex marriages progresses


Star Observer

Same-sex couples legally married under overseas laws shouldn’t have to “leave their marriages at the customs gate,” according to a new bill progressing through Federal Parliament.


Overseas Aid

Bishop 'troubled' by PNG's lack of progress despite aid


David Wroe - SMH

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has delivered a stinging assessment of Papua New Guinea's progress on key development goals such as maternal health and infant mortality despite decades of Australian aid. In a speech on Monday to an audience that included PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and several of his ministers, Ms Bishop foreshadowed radical changes to the way Australian aid would be delivered to countries such as PNG.


Refugees

Cambodia's PM Hun Sen confirms controversial agreement to resettle refugees from Australia

Lindsay Murdoch - The Age

Cambodia’s strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen has confirmed his impoverished country will accept refugees from Australia in a controversial agreement condemned by human rights and refugee advocates.


Other

Pastors take stand as students sit in to protest Budget cuts

Matthew Benns - The Daily Telegraph

Student activists who disrupted the ABC and jostled Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have vowed to continue protesting Budget cuts despite arrests at Sunday’s rally in Sydney. And a Catholic priest and several pastors were arrested but released without charge yesterday after a three-hour peaceful prayer vigil in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Manly electoral office. The group hoped to secure a promise from Mr Abbott to release 1023 children held in Australian-run immigration detention centres.