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

Foreign adoption barriers unlocked


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Full adoptions from Taiwan, South Korea and Ethiopia will be recognised automatically in Australia, under changes that Tony Abbott will announce today. Amendments to the Family Law (Bilateral Arrangements -- Intercountry Adoption) Regulations will lift restrictions and make it easier for Australians to adopt from these countries.


Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol laws bring lasting change: study


Herald Sun

Alcohol laws similar to those now in force across inner Sydney have helped keep Newcastle assault rates down, a study has found. The University of Newcastle-led study found that early pub closing times in the Newcastle city centre resulted in a lasting reduction in assaults.


Education

Empowered schools proven success


Stephen Elder - The Australian

When the former Labor federal government advocated for empowered school leadership there was little, if any, opposition voiced from state governments and public teaching unions about the idea. Yet now the new government is pursuing its election agenda, and has introduced its Independent Public School Initiative to give greater autonomy to government school communities over staffing, budgets and curriculum, one would think the sky was falling in.


Gambling

Port Melbourne man spends thousands on personal anti-gambling campaign


Herald Sun

The 63-year-old has shelled out more than $70,000 on anti-gambling material in Victoria over the past 12 months, with the latest phase of his campaign including billboards, 120,000 flyers and about 20,000 coffee cup holders in the Albert Park and Prahran ­electorates.


Homelessness & Poverty

Audit urged not to cut welfare programs


The Australian

The peak welfare body has called on the Abbott government's Commission of Audit not to use the expiration of a number of agreements -- covering issues from homelessness to youth unemployment -- to scrap them. The Australian Council of Social Service warned that social problems would greatly increase if the agreements weren't renewed.


Marriage

Hotline plan to help hidden child brides in Sydney


Emma Partridge - SMH

There are at least 60 child brides living in south-western Sydney, and many more girls are destined to be forced into under-age marriage, according to the head of a women's health centre. Eman Sharobeem works with teenage girls in Fairfield, Liverpool and Cabramatta. Many of them have been married in the past three years.


Politics

Shoppies kingmaker de Bruyn to check out


Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

An era in Australia's labour movement and Labor Party politics is coming to an end with the departure of Joe de Bruyn as head of the "shoppies", right-wing factional leader and gatekeeper for many MPs and senators entering parliament for more than 30 years.


Cabinet ministers rally around Mary Wooldridge following pre-selection defeat

ABC

The Napthine Government is working to find a way to keep Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge in State Parliament after she lost a weekend preselection battle for the seat of Kew. It is understood some campaigned against Ms Wooldridge on the basis that she voted for the decriminalisation of abortion in 2008.


Howard attacks Palmer party

The Examiner

A vote for the Palmer United Party would cost jobs and be a waste, former Liberal prime minister John Howard warned in Launceston yesterday.


Refugees

Morrison indicates preference for Nauru over Manus Island


ABC

Scott Morrison indicated that he would now prefer to send any asylum seekers to Nauru rather than Manus Island - but stressed there are no transfers because no boats have arrived for 70 days. The Minister conceded that the situation inside the the Manus centre will remain dangerous until a resettlement arrangement is struck for those asylum seekers who are found to be refugees.