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.



 



Abortion

Thousands protest abortion in France


Sky News

Thousands of people have protested against abortion in France in a Paris rally on the eve of a parliamentary debate on a bill that would make terminations of pregnancy easier.


Classification

From breastfeeding to politics, Facebook steps up censorship

Lina Dencik - SBS

Facebook has recently tried to close down the popular Anarchist Memes page on its site in the latest of a string of crackdowns on political online activism. It’s just one more example of the social media police in action.


Drugs & Alcohol

Mandatory eight-year minimum for drunk punchers

Andrew Clennell - Daily Telegraph

Mandatory minimum jail sentences of up to eight years for alcohol or drug-fuelled “coward punch” crimes will be introduced by Premier Barry O’Farrell today. In a bid to tackle alcohol-related violence, the Premier will finally bite the bullet after The Daily Telegraph’s Enough campaign called for tougher penalties in the wake of the deaths of Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly.


Education

Reform school looked upon as role model for suspension problem

Jackson Vernon - ABC

21-year-old Thomas Harrison sits down on a Newcastle inner-city park bench he knows all too well. It is here he used to hang and drink beer when he should have been in school.


Gambling

British citizen investigated for illegal betting at domestic Twenty20 match

Rania Spooner and Nino Bucci - The Age

A British citizen is being investigated for illegal betting at a weekend domestic Twenty20 match in Melbourne only days after another UK man faced court accused of corrupting a betting outcome at the Australian Open.


Human Rights

Laws fail to protect child brides

SBS

Human rights group Equality Now says more than 140 million girls over the next decade will be married before they turn 18.


Overseas Aid

'The poorest people will pay for the Coalition's aid cuts'

Micah Challenge Australia - Christianity Today

Micah Challenge says the Coalition’s plans to cut $625 million from this year’s overseas aid budget represent a devastating blow to the global poor and breach of trust with the Australian public.


Politics

Bill Shorten takes advantage of Tony Abbott's absence to campaign in Griffith

James Massola - SMH

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will fly into the seat of Griffith to campaign for Bill Glasson as the Liberal National Party candidate tries to win what was former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s seat.


Refugees

Regional refugee plan welcomed by multicultural groups

Nathalie Fernbach with Paula Tapiolas - ABC

Support groups for migrants have welcomed the Queensland Government’s plan for more refugees to be settled outside of the south east corner of the state. As part of the Queensland Plan the government hopes to settle more migrants and refugees in regional areas.


Other

Welfare must be reined in, says Kevin Andrews

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The nation’s welfare system is “unsustainable” and large, urgent changes must be made to the disability pension and the general unemployment benefit, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has warned. A 10-year report by the Department of Human Services shows that more than five million Australians received an income support payment in June 2012 – more than one in five Australians – with Disability Support Pension recipients hitting 827,000, while 550,000 people were on Newstart Allowance.


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