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 & Family Financial abuse poorly understood but rifeMiki Perkins - SMH
Drugs & AlcoholDrug cultureEmily Baker - The Examiner
Financial abuse is used to cause long-term hardship and psychological distress to women and children who have left abusive relationships, with many facing legal and monetary battles for years after separation.
Experts have called for anti-drug messages to be more clearly articulated after a study found almost half of 16 to 25-year-olds have tried ecstasy and most have used cannabis. More than 2300 people were surveyed anonymously online in the University of New South Wales research commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs.Australian National Council on Drugs takes a deep breath on cannabisJulia Medew & Dan Harrison - The Age
Skype to become the latest weapon against alcohol violenceRae Wilson - The Chronicle
Pharmaceutical cannabis is effective for treating some forms of pain, reducing nausea and helping people gain weight, but there are barriers to medical use in Australia, the federal government's principal drug advisory group says.
EducationVictorian govt lifts bible study, prayer group ban in public schools
Violent intoxicated offenders in rural and remote Queensland can do mandatory drug and alcohol programs via Skype under new laws expected to pass overnight. The Safe Night Out laws includes a coward punch law which means prosecutors no longer have to prove an intent to kill during late-night drunken attacks in public.
(mentions ACL)Rachel Ford - Christian Today Australia
The Victorian government has lifted its state-wide ban on bible study and prayer groups in public schools, a move affirming the state's support of religious freedom.HealthUN agency calls for E-cigarette regulationReuters
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a long-awaited report on electronic cigarettes that calls for regulation of the devices and their contents, as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors.IndigenousEx-minister Gary Johns threatens Constitution challengePatricia Karvelas - The Australian
Former Labor minister Gary Johns will campaign against changing the Constitution to recognise indigenous Australians and demand funding for a No case unless three conditions are included in a minimalist Yes proposal.MarriageQueensland Labor's push to force Federal MPs to support marriage equalityKristian Silva - Brisbane Times
RefugeesInjured asylum seekers sue Scott Morrison, government over Christmas Island treatmentDeborah Gough - The Age
The Queensland Labor state conference on Sunday passed a motion calling on federal Labor MPs to be forced to vote in favour of future marriage equality bills. That motion will now be put to the party's federal conference next July, where delegates from around the country will have the final say.
A six-year-old girl who claims to have developed a dental infection, stammer and separation anxiety and has begun wetting her bed while on Christmas Island will sue the Immigration Minister and the Commonwealth in a class action.
Religious Freedom & PersecutionISIS gives Iraq Christians 'one week' to convert or dieCharlene Adams - Christian Today
Islamic militant terrorists ISIS is giving non-muslims in Iraq three options: leave, convert or die. A WorldWatch Monitor report tells the personal account of Iraqi Christian Mikha Qasha. In August, WWM reported that Qasha, an elderly paralytic, was moved from his home in Qaraqosh after ISIS members threatened him with weapons giving him one week to leave, convert to Islam or "face the sword."