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.



Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol or drug abuse not a trigger for removal of children: Familes SA 

ABC



Alcohol or drug abuse by a parent would not necessarily 'trigger' the removal of a child from their biological family, a parliamentary committee investigating Families SA has heard.





Education

Australia needs to trust its values in education and stop looking abroad: international expert argues

Amy McNeilage - SMH



Australia needs to stop obsessing over international education rankings and be confident in its own values and vision, one of the world's most influential educators has warned.





Tie school funds to literacy standards: Business Council

Sid Maher - The Australian 



Federal schools fundings should be conditional on the states requiring primary students to minimum literacy and numeracy standards before entering high school, the Business Council of Australia has urged.





Gambling

Call to include gambling in GST estimates

Gareth Parker - The West Australian



Gambling taxes should be counted in the Commonwealth Grants Commission's calculation of the States' own-source revenues for the purposes of the GST carve-up, shadow parliamentary secretary for WA Alannah MacTiernan says.





Health

Tobacco should be harder to buy, Quit Victoria study finds

Jane Lee - The Age



Almost three quarters of Victorians believe it should be harder to buy tobacco, a study says. Cancer Council Victoria surveyed adults about reducing the accessibility of cigarettes last year.





Marriage

Senator David Leyonhjelm puts gay marriage bill on hold

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has temporarily shelved his plan to introduce a gay marriage bill after Liberal and Labor MPs pleaded with him to hold back on the basis that the timing was "wrong".


Politics

PUP senators succeed in push to have Senate open inquiry into Campbell Newman's Government in Queensland

ABC

Queensland's Government will be the subject of an unprecedented federal inquiry after a deal between the Palmer United Party, Labor and the Greens.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iraqi Christians' Dilemma: Stay or Go?

Tamara Audi - The Wall Street Journal

Fadwa Rabban stayed in Baghdad after the 2003 U.S. invasion, and after her husband died in 2005.  She stayed after a nearby blast blew out the windows of her home, and after friends and relatives left as Christians like herself increasingly became the target of Islamic militants.


Other

Peta Credlin backs burqa ban in Federal Parliament

James Massola & Latika Bourke - The Age



Prime Minister Tony Abbott's most senior advisor, Peta Credlin, has told Liberal National MP George Christensen she is sympathetic to a burqa ban in Parliament House on security grounds, but warned him not to inflame community tensions while debating the head wear.





Family First senator Bob Day pushes deal on Newstart

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Family First senator Bob Day wants a "trial" to be run in South Australia where young unemployed people trade off wages in exchange for his support for a one-month waiting period rather than six for Newstart.