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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Classification

Wicked Campers: the thorn in the side of Australia’s ad standards system


Marketing Mag

Wicked Campers has failed to provide a formal response to the dozens of ASB determinations against it in the last four years, and is the single reason Australia’s self-regulatory system can’t claim a perfect compliance figure.


Drugs & Alcohol

Poll reveals workers on drugs


Probono Australia

One in 10 Victorian employees have either taken a day off or gone to work feeling the effects of their drug use, according to a poll by the Australian Drug Foundation. The poll was based on a sample of 1000 Victorian workers, and the drugs were identified as illegal drugs, synthetic drugs and un-prescribed pharmaceutical medications.


Gambling

Focus on gambling in multicultural communities


Adam Holmes - Bendigo Advertiser

Bendigo will host the region's first ever forum on problem gambling in multicultural communities on Wednesday. Leaders in the gambling prevention field will discuss challenges facing those from ethnic backgrounds and listen to perspectives from those within the Bendigo community.


$2.5 billion lost on pokies in Victoria last year

Craig Butt - The Age



A total of $2.5 billion was lost on poker machines in Victoria last year, the second-lowest amount lost on the machines in seven years. About $4750 a minute was lost on active machines at 512 venues throughout the state.





Homelessness & Poverty

Record numbers living on Melbourne streets

Aisha Dow - The Age

Record numbers of homeless people have been counted living on the streets of Melbourne, as help services strain under fresh demand created by a "perfect storm" of economic and social pressures in Victoria.


Indigenous

BeyondBlue to launch a new campaign highlighting the link between racism and depression

Lauren Wilson - News Corp Australia

Almost half of white Australians believe Aboriginal people are given unfair advantages by the government, and one in five people say they would move away if an indigenous Australian sat next to them.


Marriage

Couples take up free marriage counselling offer


Herald Sun

Victorians have raced to take up the Federal Government’s offer of free marriage counselling, with nearly 700 couples signing up in the first month alone.


Politics

Tony Abbott’s strong MH17 response rewarded: Newspoll


Phillip Hudson - The Australian

Tony Abbott’s strong response to the murder of Australians aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has delivered the equal-biggest rise in his personal ratings outside an election campaign.


Refugees

Asylum seeker case collapses due to the government’s move to bring them to the mainland


Daily Telegraph

The High Court case launched by 157 asylum seekers against the federal government has collapsed with a full bench hearing abandoned because of the government’s move to bring them to the mainland. But lawyers acting for the Sri Lankan Tamils, mostly residents of India, have changed their case mid-stream, flagging the possibility of a new case to claim compensation against the government for keeping them at sea in a Customs vessel for three weeks.


Sexualisation of Society

Police investigating case of Year 9 SA girl taped and tied to tree and ‘sexually assaulted’ in extreme cyber bullying incident

The Advertiser

A student at a metropolitan high school was taped to a tree, bound with a garden hose and allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted in an incident recorded and posted on social media. The Year 9 girl was filmed, allegedly distressed and screaming, while a gang of eight boys humiliated her during a recess break, just metres from the western suburb school’s staffroom.