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

Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby in contraception case


Irin Carmon - MSNBC

The Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision that a closely-held company can be exempt from contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The closely watched case pitted the administration and its allies, including women’s health advocates, against the religious right, which has repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of waging a war on religion in the public square.


Classification

Graphic St John Ambulance advertisement one of Australia’s most-complained about ads


News Ltd

A confronting ad showing the importance of first aid training is one of the most complained about on Australian TV this year.


Drugs & Alcohol

Victorian of the Year: Legal cannabis, ecstasy campaigner David Penington honoured


ABC

An octogenarian who wants cannabis and ecstasy legalised and has campaigned for safe injecting rooms has been named Victorian of the Year.


Health

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial begins in the ACT


Elise Pianegonda - ABC

For the Mowbray family, it has been a long, anxious wait for the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). But today the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) opened its doors in Canberra and will begin the task of developing individual care plans.


Indigenous

Indigenous alcohol inquiry slams industry

AAP

WA's police commissioner has slammed alcohol suppliers for their inaction in resolving abuse issues. Woolworths, Coles and the big independents' management of responsible service of alcohol is a "joke", West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says.


Marriage

Tanya Plibersek: I wont rush marriage-equality bill

Benedict Brook - Star Observer

The deputy opposition leader tells the Star Observer she won’t bring on a vote on gay marriage “just to lose". Despite the growing number of countries legislating for same-sex marriage, deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek has told the Star Observer the “inevitable momentum” towards marriage equality in Australia could be set back years by going to a vote too early.


Politics

Christine Milne snub to Clive Palmer has greens on edge


Mark Kenny - The Examiner

Simmering tensions in the conservation community over the Greens' response to Abbott government environment policies are threatening to fracture the party's support base. At issue is the Greens' refusal to back a return to inflation-based indexation of federal fuel excise - regarded as "perverse" because the party supports price signals on fossil fuels - and Greens leader Christine Milne's claimed hostility to Clive Palmer.


Senate: PUP voting split possible as Jaquie Lambie says she would cross floor to protect Tasmania's interests

Emma Griffiths - ABC

On day one of the new Senate there are already signs of a potential voting split in the key balance of power bloc, the Palmer United Party (PUP).


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Pimp who preyed on Aust women convicted


AAP

A Florida jury has swiftly convicted a violent pimp who preyed on beautiful Australian, New Zealand and US women and turned them into high-end prostitutes.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Law Society in New Brunswick approves TWU School of Law


Christian Week

The Law Society of New Brunswick (LSNB) has given the green light to Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed School of Law. After hearing multiple presentations on June 27, members voted 14-5 in favour of allowing TWU grads to practice law in New Brunswick.