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

Greens bid to help single mums


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

The Greens will today unveil legislation to move single parents from the dole back on to the higher-paying parenting payments. The party will demand Bill Shorten throw Labor’s support behind the exposure draft that reverses the decision by the Gillard and Howard governments to put single parents on Newstart.


Euthanasia

We need a new word for suicide 


Philip Nitschke - The Age

It might be in the fine print but one of the first things the Australian Bureau of Statistics warns upon the release of the latest suicide statistics is that ''care must be taken'' in their interpretation.


Gambling

Punters complain that gambling is made much too easy, study finds


Richard Willingham - The Canberra Times

Access, advertising and promotions have been highly influential in the increase of online gambling and punters' habits, with the easiness of free bets and credit a concern for problem gamblers.


Health

State dealing with 300 cases of disabled abuse by carers 


Aisha Dow - The Age 

Hundreds of disabled Victorians have reportedly been abused by their carers, with allegations this year of serious sexual assault and chemical restraint of mental-health patients.


Indigenous

Aurukun Mayor says time to move on from welfare reform trial


Kirsty Nancarrow - ABC

The Mayor of the Aurukun Aboriginal community on far north Queensland's Cape York says he is aiming for zero unemployment in his community, despite a major bauxite proposal falling over.


Marriage

The first harm is the biggest harm

Michael Cook - Mercator Net

A bioethics expert argues that laws ensuring that every child knows its mother and father are unethical.


Overseas Aid

Report offers positive roadmap for Australian aid


Pro Bono Australia

A Senate report on Australia’s international development program represents a return to a level of bipartisanship on aid funding, according to the peak council for Australian Not for Profit aid and development organisations. Marc Purcell, Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), says he welcomes the cross-party support for a strong overseas aid program that is represented in the report.


Refugees

Tougher character tests for asylum seekers as child sex fiend allowed to stay


News Limited

Refugees and other visa-holders face a tougher character test to stay in Australia after authorities were left struggling to remove a refugee convicted of child sex offences and accused of trying to kidnap a four-year-old girl.


Call for asylum action on health 

Sean Parnell - The Australian 

Thousands of asylum-seekers and refugees living in the community would be given greater access to free and subsidised healthcare under a reform package endorsed by state and territory bureaucrats.


Other

Watchdog ready to target church investment funds


Dan Box - The Australian 

Churches will be barred from offering “easy access” bank-style accounts to their ­parishioners amid tough new ­restrictions proposed by the ­national regulator in a crackdown on more than $1 billion in investments held in unregulated church-run funds.