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

Most Victorians oppose overhaul of abortion laws, polls finds


Henrietta Cook - The Age

A poll commissioned in response to maverick MP Geoff Shaw's push to overhaul the state's abortion laws shows most Victorians support existing legislation and a woman's right to choose.


Classification

Vans are wicked, but do they go too far?
(includes poll)

Sid Russell - The Satellite

Wicked Campers are well known for the risque words, phrases and images which are splashed across the sides of the vehicles. But do they go too far? The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau continues to receive regular complaints about the vans, some of which brandish expletives. However Mackay Tourism general manager Stephen Schwer said the people who lodged complaints about the popular vans were "just not the company's target market". Asked if he found the vehicles offensive, Mr Schwer said he had "no opinion either way" and it was up to the traveller to decide how they wanted to travel.


Education

Queensland to receive $130 million in extra schools funding from Federal Government


Sarah Vogler - The Courier Mail

Queensland's state schools will be given the right to decide how they spend their share in more than $130 million in new education funds. But there's a catch. Schools must guarantee students meet the minimum literacy and numeracy standards, or that they have a plan in place to do so.


Teachers fed up with ill-mannered, undisciplined children

Wes Hoskins - Herald Sun

Teachers have delivered a wake up call to parents, saying too many expect them to provide all the discipline for their children.


Health

Binge drinkers continue practice in pregnancy, study finds


Kate Hagan - SMH

More than half of women who binge drink continue to do so during pregnancy, an Australian study has found, with fewer than one in five following guidelines to abstain from alcohol. A study of 1577 women who drank alcohol before becoming pregnant found many did not alter their consumption after conception.


Indigenous

Indigenous Territory Natural Resource Management traineeship launched


Matt Brann - ABC

Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) has launched an Indigenous NRM traineeship program, which offers an Indigenous trainee the opportunity to work on country for an Indigenous land and sea management organisation, and at the same time study for a qualification in Conservation Land Management or Rural Operations.


Marriage

More than 1000 partner visas cancelled in migrant marriage sham


John Masanauskas - Herald Sun

Foreigners in fake relationships with Australians have been stripped of their visas as the migration system is swamped with people trying to get residence here through marriage.


Politics

Next governor-general Peter Cosgrove will keep out of politics


Ben Packham - The Australian

Governor-General designate Peter Cosgrove says he will stay out of political debate when he takes up the post in March, vowing to "shine a light but not to generate heat''.


Other

Call to act over online abuse cases


AAP

A UK survey has revealed shortcomings in assisting children who have been sexually abused online. Child victims of online sexual abuse may not be getting the right protection or support because training for those who work with children hasn't kept pace with technological advances.


Salvation Army locked boys in cage, raped and beat them, royal commission hears

Paul Bibby - The Age

Young boys were locked in a cage for days on end as part of a brutal regime of physical and sexual abuse meted out to dozens of youngsters at Salvation Army homes in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, a royal commission into child-sex abuse has heard. And the Salvation Army's leadership often failed to discipline or remove the perpetrators, but simply moved them to other homes where they frequently continued the abuse.