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

Caution needed on same-sex parenting study


FamilyVoice Australia

“A widely reported Melbourne study has found that children raised by same-sex parents are healthier than those in the general population – but this result should be treated with great caution,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today. “The study design has serious methodological flaws.”


Drugs & Alcohol

Crime data shows speed the king of drugs

News Ltd

Heroin was once the scourge of the nation but not anymore. It's been well and truly supplanted by amphetamines. The latest crime stats released by the Australian Institute of Criminology show there were 16,828 people arrested in relation to amphetamine abuse in 2011-12, a 30 per cent increase in a year.


Junior Australian athletes as young as 12 admit to doping

Jessica Nairn - ABC

New research has revealed junior elite athletes as young as 12 are using performance-enhancing drugs. Researchers from the University of Canberra and Queensland's Griffith University have spent three years interviewing junior athletes.


Gambling

'Jackpot expiry' limits gambling losses


Bianca Nogrady - ABC

Would you continue gambling on a poker machine if you knew there was no chance of winning the jackpot? Setting a 'jackpot expiry' time limit for a poker machine causes gamblers to walk away sooner, a new Australian study shows.


Indigenous

Indigenous children suffer more abuse

Dan Harrison - Brisbane Times



Indigenous children are eight times as likely to suffer abuse or neglect than non-indigenous children, according to figures to be released on Wednesday.





Marriage

Same-sex couples shun marriage cost refunds

Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times

The Commonwealth is yet to pursue its costs from the High Court case that overturned last year's historic same-sex marriage reforms as many couples shun refunds offered by the ACT government. In a unanimous decision delivered on December 12, the High Court found changes to ACT law allowing for same-sex marriages could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act. The decision, which included an order for the ACT to pay Commonwealth legal costs, came after couples registered their marriages during the five days of Australia's first – and only – marriage equality laws.


Politics

Premier Mike Baird maintains Libs' landslide lead in NSW


Leo Shanahan - The Australian 

Mike Baird has made a strong start as NSW Premier since replacing Barry O'Farrell in the top job, maintaining a landslide winning margin for the Coalition as well as a hefty lead as preferred premier.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Philippine children exploited in billion-dollar webcam paedophilia industry


Lindsay Murdoch - SMH

In remote Philippine villages and impoverished urban areas increasing numbers of children, including toddlers, are being forced to perform sex acts that are streamed online to paedophiles around the world. Police say the Philippines has emerged as the key hub of a billion-dollar cybersex industry where most of the victims are under 18 but some are as young as two.


Refugees

High Court challenge: Government admits holding asylum seekers, pledges 72 hours' notice on any deportation


Emma Griffiths, Jessica Longbottom, Stephanie March - ABC

A High Court hearing has heard the first official confirmation that 153 asylum seekers - including children as young as two - have been intercepted and are being held on an Australian Customs vessel.


Asylum seekers face court in Sri Lanka

Jason Koutsoukis - SMH

The 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers transferred by Australian authorities to Sri Lanka have arrived at the Galle Magistrates Court for an appearance before a local magistrate. The 37 Sinhalese and four Tamils, including some women and children, are expected to be bailed shortly on charges of leaving the country illegally, a breach of Sri Lanka's Immigrants and Emigrants Act.