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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Abortion

Tough alcohol guidelines may lead pregnant women to consider abortions, experts warn


Lauren Wilson - Daily Telegraph

Pregnant women have been scared into contemplating abortions after consuming small levels of alcohol, prompting calls for health authorities to relax drinking guidelines.


Children & Family

Whistleblowers make 100 complaint a month against childcare


Alica Wood - The Daily Telegraph

Parents and staff whistleblowers are making an average 100 complaints a month against NSW childcare centres. Figures from the Department of Education and Communities showed more than half of complaints made to the department about childcare centres were concerns a child’s well-being was at risk.


Call for broad input on child suicides

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Police and the courts are among those the national Children’s Commissioner wants to hear from about self-harm and suicidal behaviour among children under 18.


Gambling

Councils move to limit poker machines in poor areas


Aisha Dow - The Age

Victorian councils are introducing their own planning laws in an attempt to stop the spread of poker machines into poor communities. Most municipalities in Victoria have their own gaming policy. Now a growing number want to enshrine those principles in their planning regulations.


Indigenous

Take indigenous housing to market, says Warren Mundine


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

The head of Tony Abbott’s indigenous council has backed budget cuts to indigenous programs that aren’t transforming Aborigines’ lives. Warren Mundine also put forward a radical proposal for privatisation of the country’s remote housing scheme.


Marriage

Couples forced to pay more for a civil service with a marriage celebrant


Lauren Wilson - Daily Telegraph

Loved-up couples looking to marry will be forced to pay more for a civil service under a Federal Government crackdown on wedding celebrants.


Politics

Independent used his votes to champion Tasmania's cause 


Jeremy Stuparich - The Age

Brian Harradine was Australia's longest-serving independent senator, representing Tasmania for 30 years. He also held the Senate balance of power from late 1994 to March 1996, when his vote - combined with the Australian Democrats and Labor - was enough to help to pass Labor government legislation.


Bill Shorten's sweeping Labor reform plan to reduce union influence

Mark Kenny - The Age

Bill Shorten will use a landmark speech on Tuesday to propose sweeping changes to the ALP to weaken the influence of unions, extend direct election of candidates, broaden policy formulation, and attract thousands of new members.


Coalition celebrates a religious Easter: Eight of 19 cabinet members are Catholic

Jonathan Swan and Lisa Visentin - SMH

Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government. Of the 19 cabinet ministers, at least eight are Catholics, nearly double the proportion of Catholics in the general population.


ALP looks for weak link in the new Premier Mike Baird's chain

Kirsty Needham - SMH

Labor has been quick to attack the Premier Mike Baird over his conservative Christian social values, seeking to exploit any chink in the armour of the new Liberal leader. Deputy Opposition Leader Linda Burney has demanded Mr Baird clarify comments he made in a 2012 interview about same sex couples ''choosing to live a homosexual lifestyle'' in the context of the same sex marriage debate.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

The ACT sex trade and human trafficking must be challenged


Giulia Jones - The Canberra Times

Concerns about human trafficking in the ACT go back a long way. On September 26, 2001, a woman named Puanthong Simaplee died of heart failure in Villawood Detention Centre. Age 27, she was emaciated, weighing only 31 kilograms, and was suffering severe withdrawal from heroin and vomiting blood.


Refugees

Australia pledges $20 million to help child refugees fleeing war in Syria


Hayden Cooper - ABC

Australia will contribute $20 million to help Syrian children who have fled their country's ongoing civil war, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced. The funding will be spent under the United Nations' No Lost Generation initiative, which works with children in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.


Nauru breaching international law, says UN

Lisa Cox & Sarah Whyte - The Age 

Nauru is breaching its international obligations by failing to establish an independent body to investigate torture and human rights abuses in the detention centre. The Nauruan government has also refused access to several United Nations groups wanting to inspect the centre.


Suffer the children, they have no asylum 

Philip Freier - Brisbane Times

Jesus said: “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Australian policy on asylum seekers seems to understand only the first word of that instruction, with nearly 1000 children in detention in Australia and another 177 in grim conditions in Nauru. Many of them are suffering acute psychological stress and other traumas.


Sexualisation of Society

Push for Dark Mofo in North


Michael Love - The Examiner

Dark Mofo organisers say about $1 million will be needed for the event to happen in the North but it could become a major tourism drawcard. Museum of Old and New Art organisers in Hobart are putting the finishing touches on the event for the capital in June and yesterday urged Launceston to make it happen in the North.


Other

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years


Tom Phillips - UK Telegraph

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America.


Glebe Salvation Army pastor delivers religious sermons at the Roxbury Hotel

News Limited

Bare feet and eating a burger is how Glebe’s Salvation Army pastor Christian White prefers to deliver his sermons at the Roxbury Hotel. “For me it’s about being true to yourself and to others, which is why I ate a burger halfway through the first service and didn’t wear any shoes,” he said. The Salvation Army church which was originally founded by William Booth took in drug addicts, alcoholics and other people who had been rejected by society.


Greed is the market's forgotten vice

Ross Gittins - SMH

According to Dr Brian Rosner, principal of Ridley Melbourne, an Anglican theological college, greed has been glamorised by the market economy and is a forgotten sin.


Budget deficit can be fixed without cruel cuts that hit the most vulnerable

Cassandra Goldie - SMH

Much of the focus in the current discussion about Australia’s budget deficit is centred around spending cuts. Yet the real problem, as Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson made clear recently, lies on the revenue side. While there have been signs in recent days that the government may be considering raising some taxes and charges, it would have to ensure these are based on people’s ability to pay.


Prayers for ‘a way forward’

Rosie Lewis - The Australian

The prospect of finding a path forward, personal transformation and a “better church for all” were the central themes of yesterday’s Easter Sunday service given by the Bishop of Parramatta Anthony Fisher. Speaking after leading a packed morning mass, Bishop Fisher, who is considered among the frontrunners to replace Cardinal George Pell as Archbishop of Sydney, said he had been praying for “a way forward” in the wake of the child sex abuse inquiry.