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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Drugs & Alcohol

Four in 10 arrested test positive for amphetamines 


Marissa Calligeros - Brisbane Times

Four in 10 people who end up in the Brisbane City Watchhouse test positive for amphetamines, including the drug ice, new research shows. The figure illustrates the link between crime and the highly-addictive and destructive drug, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology.


Education

Labor and Greens not willing to compromise on higher education budget


Naomi Woodley - ABC

The Federal Opposition and Greens have leapt on a mistake by the Education Minister Christopher Pyne as further proof that the Government doesn't understand its own Budget and doesn't deserve support.


Homelessness & Poverty

Shelters for homeless and vulnerable Sydney women to shut within weeks

The Guardian

State government redirects $6m funding from inner city to rural NSW, meaning up to 20 shelters will have to close their doors.


Indigenous

Tax-exempt fund plan for indigenous


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Indigenous communities would be able to put native title payments into a tax-exempt community future fund to promote economic development, under a proposal the Abbott government has said it would like to advance.


Marriage

Greens' bid to legalise same-sex 'marriage' by stealth

Peter Westmore - News Weekly

While Australians were preoccupied with the Budget, the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young has introduced legislation in the Senate to recognise same-sex “marriages” contracted overseas. The significance of the South Australian senator’s bill is that it seeks to reverse a 2004 amendment to the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman, entered into for life.


Politics

Geoff Shaw: Labor seeks to have MP found in contempt of parliament

The Guardian

Party seeks advice about penalties that could be levied on balance-of-power MP, found to have breached code of conduct.


Refugees

Pope Francis would be appalled by treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island, says Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge


Mario Christodoulou - ABC

Pope Francis would be appalled at the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, according to one of Australia’s most senior Catholics in an interview with Four Corners.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Sudan retracts claim that Meriam Ibrahim will be freed


The Guardian

Sudan has denied a Christian woman sentenced to hang for apostasy would be freed soon, saying quotes attributed to a foreign ministry official had been taken out of context.


Sexualisation of Society

Tinder teens out for sex with strangers


The Age

Parents have been told to be vigilant about teenagers' use of apps. Teenagers are using a popular smartphone app to arrange sexual encounters with strangers. Tinder, a popular app with an age restriction of 13 and above, allows users to “like” or “pass” on fellow users’ profiles based on their picture, with a mutual like opening the possibility to chat via the app.


Other

Business push on Sunday penalties

Sid Maher - The Australian

Major business groups will ­embark on a community and ­industrial campaign to cut Sunday penalty rates across a range of sectors, arguing it will increase consumer access to weekend trading and provide more youth employment.