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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Abortion

State MP Bernie Finn says there is no acceptable reason for abortion


Josh Gordon & Henrietta Cook - The Age

Premier Denis Napthine has distanced himself from controversial comments made by upper house MP Bernie Finn who claimed women who are raped should not have abortions. Mr Napthine described Mr Finn's statement as "inappropriate".


Charities & NFP

Charities beg to save their regulator from the chop


Gareth Hutchens & Judith Ireland - SMH

The heads of Australia's biggest charities – including Father Chris Riley, Tim Costello and Dr Caroline Lambert — have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott pleading with him to not shut down the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.


Children & Family

New study says electronic media is bad for kids


Lauren Gillin - Brisbane Times

An Australian-led research study of more than 3000 children aged 2 to 6 has linked electronic media use like watching television, using computers and playing electronic games to poorer mental well-being.


Gambling

Euroa residents prepare to fight introduction of poker machines


Oliver Milman - The Guardian

Residents of Euroa are fighting a council decision to allow poker machines into the small Victorian town. At a public meeting on Monday, 300 residents heard a series of objections to the proposal, including from the Salvation Army. Federal MP Andrew Wilkie and World Vision chief executive Tim Costello wrote to the council urging it to reconsider.


Homelessness & Poverty

OECD report: Poverty engulfing many Australians


Dan Harrison - The Age

Child poverty is on the rise and fewer of us are donating to charity, according to a report that brings into question Australia's self-perception as the land of the fair go. The report, released late on Tuesday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, shows 14 per cent of Australians get by on less than half the nation's median income, well above the OECD average of 11 per cent.


Human Rights

Tony Abbott stands up to colleagues, critics on free speech


Christian Kerr & David Crowe - The Australian

Tony Abbott has resisted Coalition rebels and defied criticism from ethnic communities over looming changes to racial discrimination laws by insisting the reforms will “reconcile” support for freedom of speech and the rejection of racism.


Politics

Liberals gain ground in SA election

AAP

The Liberal opposition has closed the gap in some seats and extended its lead in others as counting resumed in South Australia's too-close-to-call election. The electoral commission began tallying absentee, pre-poll and postal votes on Tuesday which could have a big impact on the final result with 320,000 ballots potentially outstanding.


Pressure on Labor leader Lara Giddings grows daily

Hannah Martin - The Mercury

The likelihood of a leadership showdown in the Labor Party looks to be increasing daily. ALP state secretary John Dowling says a new-look party caucus is likely to decide on a leader within days of the declaration of the polls.


Refugees

Changes to act would allow Scott Morrison to 'play God'


Sarah Whyte - The Canberra Times

Changes to a core migration act, which critics argue could allow Scott Morrison to “play God” and decide the fate of asylum seekers, have been investigated by a Senate committee. Under current complementary protection visa requirements, people not defined as "refugees" - such as women who are fleeing from honour killings, genital female mutilation or torture victims - can be granted visas through the normal refugee processes.


Sexualisation of Society

Australian victims in massive US child porn ring


AAP

A massive international online child pornography ring, with links to victims in Australia and New Zealand, has been dismantled in the US. US authorities say it is one of the largest such operations ever uncovered, and that they had arrested and charged 14 suspects in the secret, members-only online network, which had more than 27,000 subscribers.