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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Drugs & Alcohol

'One-punch laws': Sweeping changes to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney


ABC

Mandatory eight-year jail sentences for fatal one-punch attacks fuelled by alcohol or drugs are among are raft of measures to be introduced to curb alcohol-related violence in Sydney. The so-called "one-punch laws", announced by New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell today, also include expanded Sydney CBD lockout zones, a freeze on new liquor licences, and the statewide closure of bottle shops at 10:00pm.


Poll: Last drinks (Includes Poll)

SMH

Do you agree with plans to force lockouts to CBD and Kings Cross pubs after 1.30am and stop the sale of alcohol after 3am?


Education

Critical year ahead for school funding


Katina Curtis - AAP

Education groups wanting to resuscitate the Gonski needs-based school funding model have a small window of opportunity to step up their campaigns. Save Our Schools national convenor Trevor Cobbold says the federal government has seriously sabotaged the model proposed by the former Labor government but all is not lost.


Environment

Campbell Newman pledges extra $20m to help drought-stricken farmers in Queensland


ABC

The Queensland Government announced an extra $20 million for struggling farmers today, as more of the state was declared to be drought-hit. Two-thirds of the state has been drought-declared for months and another two council areas - Longreach and Barcaldine - have now been added to that list.


Gambling

Anti-sport betting group SimBet threatens to launch children's gambling app unless TV wagering ads during games are stopped


Miles Kemp - The Advertiser

A protest group wanting to stop sports betting ads during broadcasts has threatened to launch a children's gambling app unless laws to stop them are enforced.


Health

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews signals overhaul of welfare system


Jonathan Swan - SMH

The Abbott government is preparing Australians for an overhaul of the welfare system, with Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews indicating too many depend on the government for their incomes. "More than five million people now are in receipt of one form of welfare or another," Mr Andrews told ABC radio on Tuesday.


Marriage

UK: Encourage marriage for the sake of children: Top judge's advice to Iain Duncan Smith to combat high break-up rates among cohabitees


Steve Doughty - Daily Mail

The state should encourage marriage and try harder to get couples to stay together while their children are young, ministers have been told. A drive to persuade couples to marry rather than simply live together would help combat high break-up rates among cohabitees, a report said. It also called for state spending to concentrate on families with young children, because this is the time when family relationships are under the greatest pressure and have the highest chance of breaking up.


Overseas Aid

Plibersek calls for more aid funding for Syria


ABC

The ALP's foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek says the refugee crisis from the Syrian conflict is unprecedented, and Australia should be contributing significantly more funding to humanitarian efforts. Ms Plibersek has visited refugees in Jordan and Lebanon and says the $12 million pledged by the Government last week isn't nearly enough.


Politics

WA Senate result trial begins next week


Sky News

WA Greens senator Scott Ludlam has had his submission to the hearing that could see him lose his seat dismissed by a High Court justice. The six WA senators elected in November could face another ballot if the High Court - sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns - declares the result invalid at the completion of a trial due to start next week. The result in WA has already been the subject of an investigation by former Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty after 1370 ballots went missing during a recount.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Woman jailed for recruiting girls to work as prostitutes


Geoff Egan - Brisbane Times

A woman who prostituted out five underage women over a five-year period did not deserve the maximum penalty, according to the judge. Korrina Ann Crabb, 32, was sentenced at the Ipswich District Court to 11 years' prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges including five of procuring prostitution of a young person and more than 40 counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.


Refugees

Infrastructure needed before refugees can go rural


Rae Wilson - News Mail

Infrastructure, health and social services must be in place before a plan to channel immigrants and refugees to regional Queensland can succeed.