potnACL 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.



 



Children & Family 

Financial abuse poorly understood but rife

Miki Perkins - SMH



Financial abuse is used to cause long-term hardship and psychological distress to women and children who have left abusive relationships, with many facing legal and monetary battles for years after separation.





Drugs & Alcohol

Drug culture

Emily Baker - The Examiner

Experts have called for anti-drug messages to be more clearly articulated after a study found almost half of 16 to 25-year-olds have tried ecstasy and most have used cannabis. More than 2300 people were surveyed anonymously online in the University of New South Wales research commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs.


Australian National Council on Drugs takes a deep breath on cannabis

Julia Medew & Dan Harrison - The Age



Pharmaceutical cannabis is effective for treating some forms of pain, reducing nausea and helping people gain weight, but there are barriers to medical use in Australia, the federal government's principal drug advisory group says.





Skype to become the latest weapon against alcohol violence

Rae Wilson - The Chronicle



Violent intoxicated offenders in rural and remote Queensland can do mandatory drug and alcohol programs via Skype under new laws expected to pass overnight. The Safe Night Out laws includes a coward punch law which means prosecutors no longer have to prove an intent to kill during late-night drunken attacks in public.





Education

Victorian govt lifts bible study, prayer group ban in public schools (mentions ACL)

Rachel Ford - Christian Today Australia

The Victorian government has lifted its state-wide ban on bible study and prayer groups in public schools, a move affirming the state's support of religious freedom.


Health

UN agency calls for E-cigarette regulation

Reuters

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a long-awaited report on electronic cigarettes that calls for regulation of the devices and their contents, as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors.


Indigenous

Ex-minister Gary Johns threatens Constitution challenge

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Former Labor minister Gary Johns will campaign against changing the Constitution to recognise indigenous Australians and demand funding for a No case unless three conditions are included in a minimalist Yes proposal.


Marriage

Queensland Labor's push to force Federal MPs to support marriage equality

Kristian Silva - Brisbane Times



The Queensland Labor state conference on Sunday passed a motion calling on federal Labor MPs to be forced to vote in favour of future marriage equality bills. That motion will now be put to the party's federal conference next July, where delegates from around the country will have the final say.





Refugees

Injured asylum seekers sue Scott Morrison, government over Christmas Island treatment

Deborah Gough - The Age



A six-year-old girl who claims to have developed a dental infection, stammer and separation anxiety and has begun wetting her bed while on Christmas Island will sue the Immigration Minister and the Commonwealth in a class action.





Religious Freedom & Persecution

ISIS gives Iraq Christians 'one week' to convert or die

Charlene Adams - Christian Today



Islamic militant terrorists ISIS is giving non-muslims in Iraq three options: leave, convert or die. A WorldWatch Monitor report tells the personal account of Iraqi Christian Mikha Qasha. In August, WWM reported that Qasha, an elderly paralytic, was moved from his home in Qaraqosh after ISIS members threatened him with weapons giving him one week to leave, convert to Islam or "face the sword."