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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Charities & NFP

James Packer's gift to Australia: Crown Resorts will pump $200 million into charities over the next ten years


John Lehmann - The Daily Telegraph

James Packer's Crown Resorts is setting up the biggest corporate philanthropic foundation in Australian history. The National Philanthropic Fund, to be unveiled today, will pump $200 million into worthy charities over the next 10 years.


Children & Family

Paid parental leave funds ‘should go to childcare’


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

All parents will have access to a new single means and ­activity-tested childcare subsidy paid ­directly to their centre at a minimum of 30 per cent of their “reasonable childcare fees”, under a major overhaul of the childcare system favoured by the Productivity Commission.


Classification

ASB gives leather business the boot


AdNews

A poster in the window of a Mars Leather store featuring a naked toddler just wearing boots has been forced to cover up by the Ad Standards Bureau.


Drugs & Alcohol

Medical marijuana laws unlikely to win support

Natasha Boddy and Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times

A Greens push for terminally and chronically ill Canberrans to be allowed to use marijuana as part of treatment and pain management appears unlikely to find support in the ACT Legislative Assembly. Greens minister Shane Rattenbury released new draft laws and a discussion paper for community feedback on Monday, allowing access to medical marijuana as part of a private members bill.


Education

Teaching riddled with ‘bad practices’


Justine Ferrari - The Australian

Senior education professors have characterised much of the teaching that occurs daily in classrooms as “malpractice”, based on a teacher’s own experience and theories rather than the evidence of the most effective methods.


Euthanasia

Philip Nitschke linked to wife-killer Nigel Brayley

Paige Taylor - The Australian

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke could be suspended from practising medicine as early as today following an investi­gation into his dealings with a Perth man who killed himself after police started treating his wife’s death as a suspected homicide.


Health

Calls to cut funds for anti retroviral drugs to countries with anti homosexual laws


Alison Caldwell - ABC

Twelve thousand delegates from 200 countries gathered for the Opening Ceremony of the International AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne last night.


Politics

Denis Napthine urged to 'tear Daniel Andrews apart'


John Ferguson - The Australian 

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has been urged to run a "ferocious" negative campaign against his left-wing Labor opponent or face becoming the first single-term premier in nearly 60 years. Support for the Liberal Party has crashed so far that the Napthine government will lose the November 29 election unless it radically changes its approach.


Campbell Newman apologises to voters after Stafford by-election defeat

AAP

The Newman government will undo some of its controversial reforms to try to show Queensland voters it's listening to them. After a savage defeat at Saturday's Stafford byelection, the government will no longer force convicted bikies to wear pink uniforms, or serve their time in solitary confinement.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Persecution of Iraqi Christians a 'crime'

SBS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the persecution of Iraqi Christians by Islamic militants could be a crime against humanity.