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

Geoff Shaw lashes MPs as 'moral cowards' on abortion


Henrietta Cook, Richard Willingham - The Age

Balance-of-power MP Geoff Shaw has demanded a fresh debate on Victoria's abortion laws, warning the Premier in a private meeting that governments who dodge the issue are "moral cowards". The Frankston MP recently returned from a taxpayer-supported study trip to the US, revealed in The Age, where he met with pro-life advocates in Georgia and Nevada to learn about abortion laws.


Drugs & Alcohol

Vic drink-drivers get interlocks by 2016


News Ltd

All drink-driving offenders in Victoria will have to use a device that stops them from starting their cars if they are over the limit. In a major assault on drink-drivers, the program to fit interlock devices to their cars will be expanded in a two-stage program to begin in October 2014.


Gambling

Young people are turning to gambling online


Jenni Henderson - ABC

Gambler's help services and gambling venue workers say young people are being targeted by online and smartphone gambling services and are more likely to fall into problem gambling.


Australia needs to be ‘vaccinated’ against growing gambling disease, warns professor Alan Hayes

News Ltd

Problem gambling needs to be tackled in the same way the ‘scourge of polio’ was fought a century ago, according to a leading social researcher. And it is not good enough for society to deal with the addiction by simply encouraging individuals to “gamble responsibly”, said Professor Alan Hayes, head of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. In a strongly-worded speech for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Professor Hayes, who is also the director of the Australian Gambling Research Centre, said Australia currently holds the “gold medal” for gambling.


Chinese-backed casino plan sparks anti-gambling outcry in Queensland

The Guardian

Fears for problem gamblers as government indicates Gold Coast and Cairns mega-resorts are likely to be given casino licences


Human Rights

George Brandis forced to rethink discrimination act changes


James Massola, Mark Kenny - SMH

Attorney-General George Brandis is preparing to water down a controversial plan to scrap sections of the Racial Discrimination Act that restrict racist insults and hate speech, after an avalanche of submissions signalled concerns over the changes.


Politics

Martin Hamilton-Smith quits Liberals to back South Australian Labor Government


ABC News

Former South Australian Liberal leader Martin Hamilton-Smith has declared himself an independent Liberal and joined the Labor Government as a minister, in a move described by federal Liberal minister Christopher Pyne as traitorous.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Jimmy Carter offers Canada advice on updating prostitution laws


Susana Mas - CBC News

As the federal government looks to update its prostitution laws, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is once again urging Parliamentarians to adopt the Nordic model which targets pimps, brothel owners and those who pay for sex rather than the prostitutes themselves.


Refugees

Christmas Island detainees, including children, suffering life-threatening conditions and mental health problems, doctors say


ABC

Doctors treating asylum seekers on Christmas Island have detailed disturbing allegations that some detainees are suffering life-threatening medical conditions as a result of detention, and children are showing serious developmental and mental health problems.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Wife set to hang for marrying Christian U.S. citizen gives birth to baby girl in squalid jail


Daily Mail

A doctor who is facing execution in Sudan for marrying a Christian gave birth to a baby girl in prison today. Meriam Ibrahim, who has spent the past four months shackled to the floor in a disease-ridden jail, gave birth five days early.