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

Box, exclusion zone to keep peace in anti-abortion protest saga

David Johnston - Border Mail

Albury councillor David Thurley last night rolled out two community-led solutions to subdue the furor surrounding an exclusion zone being created around the Englehardt Street abortion clinic. His suggestions of a box containing information distributed by pro-life group, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, each week be set up at the clinic’s two entrances and protesters be restricted to the southern side of Englehardt Street came up at the council’s planning and development committee meeting.


Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness warning for rural and regional areas


ABC

Those at the coal face are warning of a rising tide of homelessness in rural and regional Australia if tough welfare cuts in the federal budget are passed.


Overseas Aid

Foreign aid cuts make up one fifth of budget savings


ABC

The single biggest saving made in the 2014 federal budget was a reduction in foreign aid spending. On Twitter, World Vision Australia chief executive Reverend Tim Costello said the cut made up about one fifth of overall budget savings. He accused the Government of balancing the books on the backs of the poor.


Politics

Family First puts Denis Napthine on notice


Rick Wallace - The Australian

Family First has threatened to bring down the Victorian government with its preference allocation and produced analysis showing it could cost the ­Coalition up to nine seats, delivering victory to Labor’s Daniel Andrews in the November election. The conservative-leaning party has put the Napthine government on notice, saying it cannot rely on Family First preferences as it has in the past because of its failure to tackle housing shortages and safeguard manufacturing jobs, as well as introduce reforms on abortion and adoption.


Is it time for the rebirth of Australian Christian activism? (mentions ACL)

Rod Bower - The Guardian

Australia now finds itself in the midst of a perfect storm for the emergence of faith-based activism. The conditions are ripe for a prophetic movement of biblical proportions.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex slaves lured to Australia by feigned love, report finds


News Ltd

Hundreds of women are lured to Australia every year and enslaved by husbands who fake love, a new report found.


No young girl dreams of being a prostitute (written by ACL's Queensland Director)

Wendy Francis - On Line Opinion 

"So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war." This was Abraham Lincoln's reported first greeting to the outspoken abolitionist, Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book he referred to was "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Today, slavery is not legal anywhere, but it happens everywhere. Human trafficking is the modern day slave trade.


Refugees

The claims of refugees who refuse to resettle in Cambodia should be questioned, says Scott Morrison


Matthew Knott - SMH

The bona fides of any refugee in offshore detention who rejects resettlement in Cambodia should be questioned, according to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Mr Morrison also rejected claims by Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy that money given to the country to take refugees would encourage corruption.


Greens will try to force Senate vote on plans to settle refugees in Cambodia

Michael Gordon - SMH

The Greens will attempt to force a vote in the Senate on plans to resettle in Cambodia refugees whose claims for protection are recognised on Nauru and is challenging Labor to block any deal. The party's immigration spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, is confident any deal with the Cambodian government will have to be approved by Parliament and has branded Cambodia ''a fundamentally unacceptable place for Australia to dump its refugees''.


Cranky Christians against asylum seeker cruelty

Chris Bedding - ABC

Christians have had enough of the detention of asylum seeker children. They aren't going to burn down politician offices, but they will sit in them and pray, writes Chris Bedding et al.