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.



Drugs & Alcohol

Forum to investigate options for medical cannabis in the ACT

Natasha Boddy - The Canberra Times



Australia does not need any more trials into medicinal marijuana and there is a risk more research would slow the country down five or 10 years, according to a drug law reform advocate.





Ban alcohol planes to avoid ugly travel incidents, Drug Arm Australasia urges 

Robyn Ironside - News Corp Australia



Australian airlines will continue to serve alcohol to passengers despite a series of drunken incidents resulting in planes being diverted. Anti-alcohol organisation Drug Arm Australasia has declared its support for banning booze on planes, and even in airports.





Human Rights

Chad becomes 37th African state to seek ban on homosexuality

David Smith - The Guardian 

Chad looks set to become the 37th country in Africa to outlaw homosexuality after government ministers voted to make same-sex relations a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.


Indigenous

Indigenous workers 'ready for north jobs', Warren Mundine says

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Indigenous Australians should be given priority for jobs under the federal government's proposed development of northern Australia, Warren Mundine says.


Marriage

Julia Gillard on gay marriage: Former PM says only a matter of time before same-sex unions legal in Australia

Anna Henderson - ABC

Former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard says she accepts it is a matter of time before same-sex marriage is legal in Australia. Ms Gillard has given a rare interview to Channel Nine ahead of the release of a memoir she has written about her time in the top job.


Poll: Support for gay marriage may be leveling off

Rachel Zoll - AP

A survey released Monday from the Pew Research Center indicates American support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off after several years of dramatic growth in acceptance of equal rights for gays and lesbians.


Politics

Tony Abbott earns approval on security, Newspoll shows

Phillip Hudson - The Australian 

Support for the Coalition has risen to a five-month high as voters show their approval of Tony Abbott's handling of national security matters, with a six-point leap in the Prime Minister's personal satisfaction rating taking it to the highest level since November.


Christine Forster, Tony Abbott's sister, launches bid for NSW upper house

Sean Nicholls - SMH



Prime Minister Tony Abbott's sister, Christine Forster, has launched a bid to be elected to the NSW upper house at next year's state poll. Councillor Forster, who is on the City of Sydney Council, has nominated to be preselected to a winnable position on the Liberal Party's upper-house ticket.





Refugees

Jon Stanhope Christmas Island's outgoing administrator, says keeping children in detention 'hard-hearted'

Nicolas Perpitch - ABC

The indefinite detention of asylum seeker children in immigration detention centres has been labelled inappropriate and hard-hearted by the outgoing administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, John Stanhope.


Other

Braddon MP Brett Whiteley backs Jacqui Lambie's calls to ban the Islamic burqa

Nick Clark - The Mercury

Braddon MP Brett Whiteley has backed the controversial comments by PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie calling for a ban on the wearing of the Islamic burqa. Mr Whiteley is the second Liberal after Senator Cory Bernardi to support a ban.