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

PM spares family tax benefits


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Family Tax Benefit B is set to stay but will be further means-tested to a new threshold of $100,000 a year, down from the current $150,000 set by Labor.


Budget 2014: Entitlements for older Australians cut in Hockey budget

Annabel Crabb - ABC

The Government will eliminate or cut a range of entitlements for older Australians, in what Treasurer Joe Hockey says is an attempt to make pensions "affordable and sustainable for decades to come".


Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide: World Health Organisation


Nina Larson - Sydney Morning Herald 

Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, warning that booze consumption was on the rise.


Education

Blow to school funding for disabled dismays teachers

Michelle Paine - The Mercury

Parents and teachers have expressed dismay at the loss of school funding and the non-appearance of promised loadings for students with disabilities. There was also concern that non-religious counsellors may no longer be hired as chaplains in public schools.


Overseas Aid

Budget 2014: Axe falls on foreign aid spending, nearly $8 billion in cuts over next five years


Karen Barlow - ABC

Australian foreign aid spending is being cut by $7.6 billion over the next five years, in the biggest savings measure in the 2014 budget. The Government says it is re-shaping the aid program to ensure it will reduce poverty and promote economic development, at the same time helping the budget return to surplus.


Aid workers question effectiveness of U.N. Syria aid

Reuters

Seven weeks after U.N. aid trucks crossed from Turkey into Syria for the first time, aid workers and officials in this southern Turkish humanitarian hub still have no idea exactly where the supplies ended up. The convoy of 78 trucks taking food, bedding and medicine to Syria's mainly Kurdish Hasakah province was seen as a test of the willingness of Syria's authorities and rebels to abide by a U.N. resolution urging them to let aid across front lines and borders by the most direct routes.


Politics

Mike Baird to make ministerial diaries public after lobbying allegations


Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

A summary of ministerial diaries will be published quarterly by the NSW government to try to improve transparency around meetings with lobbyists and others, following evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.


Campbell Newman sacks outspoken Assistant Health Minister Chris Davis, calling his position 'untenable'

Melinda Howells - ABC

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has sacked his Assistant Health Minister Chris Davis for criticising State Government policies. Dr Davis is a former Australian Medical Association state president and first-term MP for Stafford.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Liberal MLA Giulia Jones to push for prostitution exit programs


Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times

ACT Liberal MLA Giulia Jones will use information gathered on a controversial overseas study tour to push for prostitution exit programs and new co-operation with federal agencies to stop the trafficking of women in Australia.


Refugees

A third of Manus Island asylum seekers assessed as refugees


Rowan Callick - The Australian 

More than a third of the 1200 asylum-seekers detained on PNG’s Manus Island have been assessed as genuine refugees in preliminary investigations by authorities.