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

Foetal remains burnt as clinical waste, used to heat British hospitals


Sarah Knapton - SMH

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some used to heat Britain's hospitals, an investigation has found. Ten National Health Service trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in "waste-to-energy" plants that generate power for heat.


Charities & NFP

World Vision to employ married gays 

AAP

World Vision, the international Christian-based aid organisation, has made a surprise announcement on one of the most divisive social issues of the day, saying it will employ Christians in the US who are in legal same-sex marriages.


Call for review on closure of ACNC

Gareth Hutchens - The Canberra Times

The Abbott government should review its decision to close the national charities regulator after freezing its controversial plans to water down Labor's financial advice laws, the federal opposition says. Shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh says the Abbott government needed to reconsider its decision to close the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) following the departure of Arthur Sinodinos.


Children & Family

Jail for silence on child sex abuse

Jane Lee - The Age

People responsible for children in churches, schools, sporting clubs, youth clubs and the government could face up to five years' jail if they fail to protect them from sex abuse under proposed law reforms. The Napthine government introduced proposed legislation on Tuesday that, if passed, would mean anyone who knows or believes a child has been sexually abused, could face up to three years' jail if they fail to provide information to police.


Kids Helpline unable to answer 40 per cent of calls because of rising demand for counselling

Sophie Scott & Alison Branley - ABC News

Forty per cent of requests for help to Kids Helpline are going unanswered because of rising demand for youth counselling. The service estimates 156,000 telephone calls and emails went unanswered last year. Professional counsellors staff the Kids Helpline phones, and managers say without extra funding more children will be left out in the cold.


New Australian study reveals the long-term impacts of domestic violence

Lisa Cornish - News Corp Australia

Half of women who are victims of domestic violence change their jobs or hours of work as a result of their abuse. New research from the University of South Australia and Curtin University reveals the true extent of damage to the victims of abuse.


Drugs & Alcohol

Majority of Australians think nation has problem with alcohol 

Dan Harrison - Brisbane Times

Almost four in five Australians think the nation has a problem with alcohol, and more than three quarters believe Australia's battle with the bottle will not get better over the next decade, according to new polling to be released on Wednesday.


Human Rights

Bigot backlash sours Tony Abbott's free speech crusade

Christian Kerr & Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Tony Abbott has been forced on the defensive over proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act that have sparked claims the government is giving bigotry and racism its blessing. The Prime Minister yesterday insisted he was maintaining the red light on inciting racial hatred but removing the amber light on free speech.


Politics

SA's new cabinet set to be unveiled

AAP

South Australia's new look cabinet is close to being unveiled with Premier Jay Weatherill free to appoint four new ministers for Labor's fourth term. The caucus is expected to meet on Wednesday when the lineup will be discussed. To be replaced are Transport Services Minister Chloe Fox and Employment Minister Grace Portolesi who both lost their seats in the March 15 election.


Refugees

Asylum seekers on Manus Island launch new legal bid for freedom 

Michael Gordon & Sarah Whyte - The Canberra Times

Asylum seekers facing indefinite detention on Manus Island have launched a new legal bid for freedom. It comes as the PNG government moves to shut down a second human rights investigation at the centre and the future of where asylum seekers will be resettled remains uncertain.