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.



Classification

Porn and pirates offline for Canberra's new public Wi-Fi network, CBRfree

Noel Towell - The Canberra Times



The ACT government is determined that its new citywide Wi-Fi network does not become a magnet for cut-price pirates and porn users. Web surfers hoping to use the free access to obtain the latest episode of download TV sensation Game of Thrones, or even something a little racier, are in for a disappointment.





Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Baby Gammy drama: DPC aware of David Farnell's child sex convictions months before it became public 

Claire Bickers - Perth Now

The WA Department of Child Protection was aware baby Gammy's father, David Farnell, had child sex convictions and a baby in his care months before the case became public, it has been revealed in State Parliament today.


Drugs & Alcohol

Lifetime Poof Doof bans for clubbers on ice

Tammy Mills - The Age



Organisers of Melbourne gay dance party Poof Doof say they will impose a lifetime ban on clubbers found using ice. It's the first time a city club has made a public stance on crystal methamphetamine, following moves at mainstream venues almost two years ago to place life bans on punters caught partying on the drug GHB.





Binge-drinking sessions put young Victorians at injury risk

Lucie Van Den Berg - Herald Sun



Two-thirds of young Victorians had a binge-drinking session that put them at risk of serious injury in the past year. A new snapshot of the drinking habits of 16-29-year-olds found that more than half believe getting drunk every now and then was no problem.





Police want power to use children to help name and shame outlets that sell alcohol to minors

Duncan Abey - The Mercury



Tasmania Police wants the power to use volunteer minors in operations to help the force name and shame licensed premises that sell alcohol to underage customers.





Health

Disability advocates fear peak body funding changes could affect representation 

Norman Hermant - ABC

Disability advocates are concerned people with disabilities will not be adequately represented under changes to the sector proposed by the Federal Government. Under a Department of Social Services overhaul, peak bodies that represent people with disabilities have been told to re-apply for their Commonwealth funding.


Indigenous

Abbott's team flying high on indigenous wings, says Minister

Noel Towell - The Canberra Times

Morale is at an "all-time high" among the public servants working in indigenous affairs for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, according to the federal government.


States step up to take charge of services in remote indigenous communities

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

The Abbott government has reached landmark agreements with Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania that will hand them responsibility for municipal and essential services in remote indigenous communities after years of failed attempts by the commonwealth.


Refugees

Manus Island security contractor G4S breached human rights, say lawyers

AAP



The security contractor that ran Australia's Manus Island detention centre has committed serious human rights violations, lawyers say. Human rights lawyers have filed a formal OECD complaint against former security contractor G4S, arguing it failed to meet international standards on Manus Island.





Other

Coalition splits on Muslim relations as National MP George Christensen adds voice to calls for burqa ban 

Heath Aston & Latika Bourke - SMH



The Coalition is divided over engagement with the Islamic community as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull warned attacks on Australian Muslims play into the hands of terrorists and a second government MP joined the push to ban the burqa and sharia law.