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

High-profile domestic violence murders 'tip of the iceberg'


Sarah Ferguson - ABC

Recent high-profile cases of domestic violence have sparked fury at a lack of action and represent 'the tip of the iceberg' suggests Domestic Violence Victoria CEO, Fiona McCormack.


Family violence epidemic

Jane Lee, Craig Butt and Nick Toscano - The Age

The biggest policy tools to combat family violence - intervention orders and men's behaviour change programs - are failing to prevent women and children from being killed. The dire warnings from family violence experts come as relatives of murdered Sunshine mother-of-four Fiona Warzywoda accuse Victoria's overwhelmed justice system of failing to protect their family.


Bravehearts want indefinite detention for serious child sex offenders

Christopher Knaus - The Canberra Times

A child protection group has urged the ACT to introduce severe measures cracking down on convicted paedophiles, calling for indefinite detention, public access to images of nearby sex offenders, and mandatory minimum sentencing.


Classification

Wicked Campers falls foul of the ad watchdog over ‘inappropriate’ slogans

Mumbrella

For the fourth time in less than a month Wicked Campers has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) over slogans painted on the sides of its vans.


Ad watchdog dismisses complaints over Gok Wan Target ad describing breasts as ‘assets’

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Department store Target has again been faced with a number of complaints relating to a women’s underwear campaign fronted by brand ambassador Gok Wan, with complainants arguing the ads are “offensive” due to having women’s breasts, which are described in the ad as an “asset”.


Euthanasia

Police raid Dr Philip Nitschke’s pro-suicide group in WA


Brad Couch - The Advertiser

Voluntary euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke has warned members of his pro-suicide group Exit to say nothing to police after a series of raids on elderly members in Western Australia looking for illegally imported drugs.


Politics

Bill Shorten's push for Labor Party reform on relationship with unions prompts criticism


Emma Griffiths - ABC

Bill Shorten's push for fundamental changes to Labor Party rules has triggered criticism from some quarters of the union movement. In a major speech today, Mr Shorten issued a challenge to his own party to adopt changes that would weaken its links with unions, which are also the ALP's main funding source.


Mike Baird's 'hungry' cabinet has no appetite for power sell-off

Mark Coultan  - The Australian

NSW Premier Mike Baird has proclaimed a fresh start with a “hungry” new-look cabinet. But old issues emerged at its first media conference when one of his new ministers openly proclaimed his opposition to electricity privatisation.


Tony Abbott opens fire on lobbyists

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Liberal Party officials who try to privately influence government MPs as “strategic consultants’’ or “legal consultants” without identifying themselves as lobbyists face tough new regulations to limit influence-­peddling after the resignation of NSW premier Barry O’Farrell.


Other

Move to simplify welfare payments


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

The federal government wants to adopt a similar welfare model to New Zealand and Britain and move to radically reducing the number of welfare payments. It has given its strongest indication yet that it will embrace a bigger welfare reform overhaul after the budget, including the universal payment option that was recommended to the Howard government but not taken up.