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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Children & Family

Call to dump generous paid parental leave


News Ltd

More child-care access outside of business hours is needed to accommodate growing numbers of shift workers, a leading business group claims. The Australian Industry Group wants barriers to affordable and accessible childcare addressed to boost workforce participation and address skill shortages.


Classification

Sex ed videos will be rated following parental outcry


The Christian Institute

Sex education videos will be rated for the first time following an outcry from parents and teachers, The Daily Telegraph reports. Starting later this month, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will decide whether the videos should be rated PG.


Gambling

Gambling: Australians bet more and lose more than anyone else


The Guardian

New push to limit pokie bets as Economist report puts Australian yearly gambling losses at $1144 per resident


Health

'Tidal wave' of cancer threatens world


Chris Smith - The Times

The number of cancer cases will surge by more than 70 per cent in a global "tidal wave" of the disease, the World Health Organisation has said. Cancer cannot be beaten by treatment alone and research must shift towards preventing the disease in the first place, a group of 250 scientists say in the WHO's latest five-yearly World Cancer Report.


Marriage

Scotland's same-sex marriage bill to be given final approval


BBC

The first same-sex weddings could take place in Scotland this autumn, with laws allowing gay marriage expected to be approved by parliament later. The Scottish government said the move was the right thing to do, but Scotland's two main church organisations are opposed. Religious and belief bodies would "opt in" to perform same-sex marriages.


Politics

Victorian Parliamentary Speaker Ken Smith resigns


Richard Willingham - The Age

Speaker Ken Smith has resigned from his post, giving a speech that lashed independent MP Geoff Shaw and the Labor party. Mr Smith suspended the parliament until 3pm so the major parties could work out who would become speaker.


ReachTEL polling finds Liberal Party majority government in doubt in Tasmania

Hannah Martin - The Mercury

THE Liberal Party will need to fight hard to deliver on its promise of a majority government, latest polling shows. ReachTEL polling, commissioned by the Liberal Party, shows the Opposition as the clear frontrunner for the March 15 poll, with 48.8 per cent overall support.


Refugees

Call for safeguards to ASIO assessments


Nine News

The Human Rights Law Centre gave evidence at a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday into changes to migration legislation that strengthen the federal government's ability to refuse protection visas to people deemed a security threat.


Sexualisation of Society

Sydney school dumps boyfriends-girlfriends

AAP

The Northern Beaches Christian School in the city's north has drawn the line after concerns from parents about children becoming boyfriends and girlfriends at a tender age. "This sexualisation at a young age was not something the majority of parents supported," principal Stephen Harris told the Manly Daily.


Sexting study finds nearly half of Aussies swap raunchy pictures

News Ltd

Nearly half of all adult Australians have received a sexting message or photo on their mobile phone while about one in four admit to sending them to either a partner, an ex-partner, a stranger or a work colleague.