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. Children & FamilySocial Services Minister Kevin Andrews wants first-time parents counselledLauren Wilson - News Corp Australia
First time mums and dads could be required to take taxpayer funded parenting classes under a Federal Government plan to improve family relationships. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews said the Federal Government could be doing more to help couples adjust to the pressures and responsibilities that come with having a child.Drugs & AlcoholIce and Grindr: danger in the online playgroundTammy Mills & Tolandra Redrup - The Age
Gay men are openly trading ice on dating apps such as Grindr as soaring use of the drug raises fears it is fuelling a 20-year high in Australia's HIV diagnoses. Grindr, which has more than 63,000 active monthly users in Melbourne, connects men for casual sex but is increasingly becoming an online playground for ice dealers.We've lost our way in fight against alcohol abuseAndrew Fairley - Herald Sun
There was a time when Victoria led the way on public health measures; when the state was not afraid to embrace bold measures to reduce harm and save to lives. In 1970, Victoria was the first state to require people to wear seatbelts, with other states and Territories following.
Rally calls for freedom of choice on medical marijuanaLiam Ducey - WA Today
Unease brewing over reformsAlexandra Humphries - The Examiner
About 150 Perth residents threw their support behind the push for the legalisation of medical marijuana on Saturday at a rally at the Supreme Court Gardens. A heavy police presence did not deter the supporters, with many suburban families present calling for the medical legalisation of the drug.
The state government will review the reform proposals for the Liquor Licensing Act after the deadline for submissions ended on Friday. The government said the public submissions would allow them to develop a package of reform proposals which would be considered with the aim of improving the hospitality sector.GamblingPokies venues can meet childcare demand: lobby groupTom Cowie & Kirsty Needham - The Age
Homelessness & PovertyIllawarra child poverty figures 'alarming'Illawarra Mercury
More than 1000 licensed clubs can fill the childcare shortfall by opening childcare centres on their premises in exchange for tax breaks on gambling profits, the poker machine lobby says.
Three in 20 children under the age of 15 are living in poverty in the Illawarra and South Coast according to a new report. Shadow minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park said the "alarming" figures compiled by the NSW Parliamentary Research Service showed the need for more support services for the region's youth.IndigenousPush for indigenous Senate seats on Abbott's mind as bush visit beginsDennis Shanahan - The Australian
Tony Abbott is being urged to consider dedicating up to three Senate seats for Aborigines in a New Zealand-style system to guarantee indigenous representation in the Australian parliament.PoliticsPremier Will Hodgman still Mr Popular with Tasmanian voters, poll saysMatt Smith - The Mercury
Premier Will Hodgman has grown in popularity since March when the Liberals stormed back into government after 16 years on the Opposition benches. Exclusive polling for the Sunday Tasmanian shows Mr Hodgman is the preferred Premier for 56 per cent of 2646 Tasmanians surveyed on Thursday night.OtherWho is Warren Truss? Poll reveals holes in Australians' grasp of politicsLenore Taylor - The Guardian
Warren who? Only 21% of Australians know that the deputy prime minister is Warren Truss, including just 11% of 18 to 24 year olds, according to a new survey. Of those surveyed, 4% thought the deputy prime minister was Tony Abbott.