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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Classification

Brisbane gay poster ban defended by councillor


Kim Stephens - Brisbane Times

Brisbane City Council’s lifestyle chairman has again defended the administration against accusations of homophobia, following the banning of a festival promotional poster depicting two men kissing.


Drugs & Alcohol

NSW assault laws: mandatory sentencing watered down


Anna Patty - SMH

Proposed mandatory sentencing laws for serious assault have been watered down to leave out less serious assault offences in response to criticism their inclusion would be a "bridge too far". Fairfax Media understands the NSW cabinet has given approval to the second tranche of mandatory sentencing laws as part of its response to alcohol-fuelled violence.


Newman promises 'best plan in Australia' to tackle alcohol violence

Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times

Queensland will have its plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence in place by the end of March. Premier Campbell Newman said by the time his government had finished, the state would have the “best plan in Australia” to deal with the issue.


Environment

Labor to join Coalition on scrapping of carbon emission permit auctions


Sid Maher - The Australian

Labor has walked away from the Greens on a key climate change issue and will join with Environment Minister Greg Hunt to effectively scrap the first auctions of carbon emissions permits that form a key element of the emissions trading scheme.


Health

Prime Minister Tony Abbott flags cuts to spending growth for health and education


ABC

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has flagged he wants to curb spending growth in health and education in the longer term. Mr Abbott promised at the election he would not make cuts to the overall health and education budgets.


Indigenous

Closing gap is ‘not the only way’


The Australian

The head of the Prime Minister’s indigenous council, Warren Mundine, says he does not believe reducing levels of indigenous incarceration should become a formal Closing the Gap target, despite the large number of Aborigines in jails being high on his agenda.


Marriage

Gay marriage: Labor's Tanya Plibersek to introduce private members bill


Latika Bourke - ABC

Labor will introduce a private members bill aimed at legalising gay marriage, in a move designed to pressure Prime Minister Tony Abbott into deciding on whether Government MPs will be allowed a conscience vote. Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek took the bill to Caucus this morning for approval from her colleagues.


Politics

Federal Parliament delivers apology over Craig Thomson scandal


Emma Griffiths - ABC

Federal Parliament has formally apologised to union members and others caught up in the criminal scandal involving former Labor MP Craig Thomson. Thomson, the former Labor member for the New South Wales seat of Dobell, has been found guilty of using his work credit card to pay for prostitutes when he was head of the Health Services Union.


Thousands admit to multiple votes in 2013 federal election, AEC says

ABC

One voter admitted to casting up to 15 ballots in the 2013 federal election, the AEC says. Nearly 2,000 Australians have admitted to voting more than once in last year's federal election, electoral officials say, with one voter casting as many as 15 ballots.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

E.U. to debate making buying sex illegal


Charlotte McDonald-Gibson - Time

This week, E.U. lawmakers will consider following the lead of some European nations and criminalizing the purchase of sex across the continent. But critics of the proposals, including many sex workers, are legion.