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

Charities struck off national register in clean-up include a witches' coven and the Order of Old Bastards


Tory Shepherd - The Advertiser

Hundreds of charities, including a witches' coven, are set to be struck off the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission's register. The commission is cleaning up its list of 60,000 charities, many of which no longer exist. 


Children & Family

Divorce rate targeted as Government looks to early intervention in troubled relationships: Kevin Andrews


ABC

The Federal Government wants to reduce the rates of divorce in Australia by shifting its policy to focus on early intervention in troubled relationships, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says. In 2012, 49,917 divorces were granted in Australia, an increase of 2 per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.


Drugs & Alcohol

Australia comes top of global list for recreational drug use in United Nation’s 2014 World Drug Report


The Daily Telegraph

Australia, a country of sports champions, innovators … and drug takers. The nation has the inglorious distinction of having the highest proportion of recreational drug users in the world — an embarrassing new low, albeit from getting high. Our collective craving for a hit is only set to heighten, with the number of drug users continuing to rise steadily.


Education

No school jobs available for thousands of trained teachers throughout NSW schools

Daily Telegraph

More than 44,000 qualified teachers are unable to secure a permanent job in the state’s schools — almost as many as the government’s entire teaching workforce. The huge oversupply has become a crisis as universities pump out 7500 new teaching graduates a year into a school job market that will never be able to accommodate them.


Euthanasia

At last, we wake up to Dr Death, Philip Nitschke


Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun

Euthanasia guru Dr Philip Nitschke is furious the ABC has finally pinged him for actually helping the healthy to kill themselves. “Attacked by rabid Christians & journalist jackals!” he tweeted last week. But you don’t need to be rabid or even Christian to consider Nitschke dangerous. For 20 years Nitschke, founder of Exit International, has had largely positive coverage from a media which too often assumed he’s just helping the dying and the suffering.




Euthanasia debate: Doctor-assisted death advocate Rodney Syme attacks 'maverick' Nitschke after revelations


Norman Hermant - ABC

A campaigner for medically-assisted suicide has harshly criticised euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke for helping a man he knew was not terminally ill commit suicide.


Marriage

United Nations to recognise gay marriage of all its staffers


The Guardian

The United Nations has decided to recognise the gay marriages of all its staffers, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday. Previously, the United Nations only recognised the unions of employees who came from countries where gay marriage is legal, UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.


Politics

Premier to drop his combative leadership style and become can-do Campbell of the past


Steven Wardill, Sarah Vogler & Jason Jin - The Courier-Mail

Campbell Newman has declared he leads a "Can-do" government - the day it was revealed his own ministers had urged him to return to the positive campaign style that won him three elections.


Refugees

High Court injunction halts handover of asylum seekers


ABC

The High Court has granted an interim injunction to stop more than 150 asylum seekers being returned to Sri Lanka by the Australian Navy. After two weeks of silence, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today confirmed 41 asylum seekers have been handed over to Sri Lanka's military after being processed at sea.


Other

'You're not welcome here': Outrage as another US child beauty pageant prepares to land on Australian shores


Louise Cheer - Daily Mail

An Australian social activist group will be asking the Victorian Government to put a stop to a US-style child beauty pageant being held in Melbourne next month. Collective Shout has been leading the charge against such pageants since 2011, when Universal Royalty - an American organisation that hosts the events - bought the first one to Australia. But despite the unwelcoming reception it received three years ago, the Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant is on its way back. For the second time it will be held in Melbourne on August 2.