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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Children & Family

$128 million Napthine plan to keep sexually vulnerable children safe


Henrietta Cook - The Age

The Napthine government hopes to transform the lives of vulnerable children in out-of-home care with a $128 million plan that will expand residential care beds and therapeutic placements and create a new electronic reporting system to reduce sexual exploitation.


Childcare rebate freeze set to end 

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The Abbott government quietly let through legislation that will end the freeze on the childcare rebate, leaving the Coalition searching for a new way to keep the payment at $7500 a child. The rebate, which is not means-tested and provides parents with 50 per cent of their childcare costs up to a total of $7500 a year for each child, is set to rise in July after the Coalition last week passed the amended bill in the lower house.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott's open heart policy: Australia's intercountry adoption system to be expanded under a raft of changes

Patrick Lion - The Daily Telegraph 

Families will be allowed to adopt children from a raft of new countries under an expansion of Australia’s intercountry adoption system. The Abbott government is also interested in streamlining visa processing and health checks for children from overseas in a bid to slash delays and burdens for families.


Drugs & Alcohol

Qlders should be able to party: Newman

AAP

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says he won't change pub and club trading hours because people should be able to "let their hair down and party". Queensland's government on Sunday released its draft plan to tackle alcohol-related and drug-related violence.


Euthanasia

Philip Nitschke risks ban as third inquiry looms

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian 

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke is facing a third inquiry that could lead to his being barred from medical practice, after a complaint that he promoted euthanasia for social reasons, such as not being able to play golf.


Gambling

Gaming machine count puts NSW second in the world

Michael Safi - The Guardian

New South Wales is second only to Nevada as the most gambling machine-packed state in the world, according to a new report. The World Count of Gaming Machines report, released by Australia’s poker-machine lobby group, the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), has found the total number of gambling machines in Australia increased slightly in 2013 to 198,418.


Human Rights

George Brandis: 'People have the right to be bigots'

Gabrielle Chan - The Guardian

The attorney general, George Brandis, has declared “people have the right to be bigots” as he confirmed plans to remove sections of the Racial Discrimination Act while ensuring the laws were better able to deal with incitement to racial hatred.


Politics

Tony Abbott support still strong despite Arthur Sinodinos stumble: Newspoll

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Voter satisfaction with Bill Shorten has lifted slightly but the dramatic decision of assistant treasurer Arthur Sinodinos to step aside in relation to a NSW corruption hearing appears not to have hit the Abbott government in the past two weeks.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Anti-slavery organisations receive $1.44m funding boost

James Massola - The Age

The federal government will hand $1.44 million to four Australian anti-slavery organisations to fight human trafficking, labour exploitation and to help women trapped in the sex industry. Justice Minister Michael Keenan will announce the funding on Tuesday to coincide with the international day of remembrance for the victims of slavery.


Refugees

Asylum seeker children describe Christmas Island detention centre as 'hell', Human Rights Commission says


Lexi Metherell - ABC News

Children being held in immigration detention on Christmas Island have told a Human Rights Commission inquiry it is like "hell" in the centre. After struggling to get information from the Immigration Department about the wellbeing of children in detention, the commission launched a national inquiry into the matter.