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

WA food charity struggles to cope with rising demand


Pamela Medlen - ABC

Western Australia's biggest food relief charity is struggling to keep up with demand as an extra 15,000 people a month call on its services. Foodbank distributes food to about 55,000 people each month, but in the past two months an additional 30,000 people have needed help.


Children & Family

Mothers ‘faking domestic violence’ to keep their children, inquiry told

Tory Shepherd - The Advertiser

Mothers are faking domestic violence to secure custody of their children, a parliamentary inquiry has been told. The claim, made to an inquiry into the fraught subject of child support, has been labelled dangerously misleading.


Education

Labor to oppose school chaplaincy funding without secular option


Matthew Knott - SMH

Labor will oppose any attempt by the federal government to continue the school chaplaincy program unless it includes funding for secular welfare workers. The government, led by Attorney-General George Brandis, is exploring how to continue the chaplaincy program after the High Court struck down the federal funding of such programs as unlawful.


Euthanasia

Euthanasia advocate speaks out as Albany deaths spark debate (Mentions ACL)

Liam Ducey - WA Today

A West Australian euthanasia campaigner believes suicides will become more prevalent if voluntary euthanasia is not introduced after an apparent murder-suicide in Albany. Police have confirmed that there will be no charges over the deaths of 87-year-old Jeffrey Rushton and his wife Sheila, 90, who were found dead at their Middleton Beach property in Albany on Friday.


Indigenous

Call for action on indigenous suicide

Nicolas Perpitch - The Australian

National data on indigenous suicide rates should be broken down to the regional or even community level to get an accurate picture of the problem and compare areas with high and low rates, a Perth summit will hear today.


Politics

Boswell leaves after 31 years


Emma Alberici - ABC

Senator Ron Boswell reflects on 31 years as a Nationals representative for Queensland in the Senate.


Refugees

Refugee advocates call for justice and compassion


Brendan Lucus - Herald Sun

A Melbourne migrant who marched to Canberra towing a wooden boat earlier this year has called on the government to unite and stand up for refugees. Marking the end to World Refugee Week, Tri Nguyen, a former refugee from Vietnam, was one of thousands of protesters who marched through city streets this afternoon to throw his support behind the cause.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christian woman Meriam Ibrahim Ishag set free from prison in Sudan


News.com.au

A Sudanese woman who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to death for converting to Christianity, has been set free. The case of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag sparked an outcry from Western governments and rights groups after a judge sentenced her to hang on May 15.


Other

I love footy but Good Friday is a day to cherish


Denis Hart - Herald Sun

Good Friday is not an ordinary day. That’s why there’s a public holiday, shops close and there are no Australian Football League games. But last week the AFL Commission changed all that. The commission announced that it intended to overturn the tradition and abandon the respect it gives to the day.


Secular and religious progressives can work together (Mentions ACL)

Barney Zwartz - Brisbane Times

People tend to think of Christian politics as conservative. They identify defining issues as abortion and gay marriage but there is a long tradition of fighting for social justice and progressive causes, from slavery to Pope Leo's 19th century defence of unions, to the civil rights movement, and now asylum seekers.