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

500,000 children face online bullying a year


David Crowe - The Australian 

Children are being increasingly exposed to online bullying that can leave them humiliated and depressed, according to new research that warns of growing risks to almost 500,000 schoolchildren a year. The university analysis shows the online scourge is growing fast and could have a lasting impact on young Australians who have embraced social media and the web while still in primary school.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Children at risk of sex offenders as parents using overseas surrogacy go unchecked


Rachel Browne - The Age



Australian couples using surrogates overseas are not subject to any criminal background checks, allowing child sex offenders to bring their children home without any scrutiny of their character. Surrogacy lawyer Stephen Page said revelations that baby Gammy’s biological father has a history of child sex offences is a clear argument for improved regulation of the industry.





Gambling

Whittlesea Mayor Mary Lalios says Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation figures reveal ‘tragic situation’


Whittlesea Leader

Almost $100 million has been drained from the pockets of gamblers at pokie ­venues in the past year. Data released by the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation shows $96.2 million dollars was lost at Whittlesea’s 10 pokies venues in 2013/14 — $3 million more than the previous year.


Human Rights

Tony Abbott dumps planned changes to section 18C of Racial Discrimination Act


Jared Owens - The Australian

Tony Abbott has scrapped planned changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, describing them as “a complication” amid his government’s overhaul of terror laws. The Prime Minister said it was necessary to keep everyone on “Team Australia”.


Indigenous

Noel Pearson disputes Nova Peris's view on income management in Aboriginal communities


ABC

Indigenous community leader Noel Pearson has challenged the views of Senator Nova Peris on the issue of Aboriginal income management, warning that a failure to intervene could see more children taken away from their parents.


Refugees

'Torture' used to dissuade asylum seekers, says former detention centre psychiatrist Dr Peter Young

Lisa Cox - The Age



A former chief psychiatrist to Australia's detention centres has described the government's treatment of asylum seekers as akin to torture. In an interview with Guardian Australia, Dr Peter Young said the Immigration Department was deliberately harming vulnerable people to pressure them into giving up their attempts to come to Australia.





Religious Freedom & Persecution

We ran for our lives: Husband of Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian reveals how 'Agents of Fear' beat them at the airport before their escape

Daily Mail

The husband of the mother sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith has spoken for first time of how the secret police tried to beat them up as they attempted to flee the African country. In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Daniel Wani said that he told Meriam Ibrahim: ‘Don’t resist’ when the force dubbed the ‘Agents of Fear’ intercepted them and their two young children at the airport in Sudan’s capital Khartoum.


Muslims hack off Christian man's head after forcing him to deny Jesus Christ and salute Mohammed as 'messenger of God'

Christian Post

A Christian man in Syria recently had his head brutally hacked off by Islamic militants after being forced to deny his faith and salute Mohammed as "the messenger of God". The incident was caught on video for the world to see and broadcast as a warning to "everyone like him". In the video that was posted to YouTube with translated captions, the helpless Christian man is surrounded by armed militants wearing masks and he is heard reciting as instructed: "There is no God but God and I testify that Mohammed is the messenger of God."


Boko Haram attacks five churches in Northern Nigeria

Carey Lodge - Press Association

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has attacked at least five churches Borno State, northern Nigeria, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports. Gunmen reportedly used IEDs and petrol bombs to destroy churches in the Hawal Local Government Area, which is home to a predominantly Christian community, on the evening of July 30.


Other

Non-English speaking youths overlooked for Australian jobs despite training: report


ABC

Youths from non-English speaking countries are being overlooked in their search for work despite their high participation rates in training, according to a national report released today. Just 55.9 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) countries such as China, India, the Philippines and Iraq were in employment, compared to 71.6 per cent of Australian-born youths.