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


Middle-class tax justice goes out the window


The feminist-led push for getting more women into the workforce ... has opted for a system that rewards only women who work


Indigenous suicide rate tackled

Russell Skelton The Age

IN A move to combat the high indigenous suicide rate, prevention programs will be strictly audited and required to be more transparent in the way they operate.



Women at greater danger from pokies, report finds

Jason Dowling

THE number of women gambling is increasing and ease of access to poker machines is a key factor in producing problem gambling in women, new government funded research has found.


Clubs to support pokie test

Richard Willingham The Age

THE government is a step closer to securing a trial of poker machine reforms in the ACT after a meeting of local clubs agreed, in principle, to support a year-long test of a scheme that would force punters to preset how much they are willing to lose.

Human Rights


Twitter sued over Hardy tweet

Michelle Griffin The Age

TWITTER is being sued for defamation for the first time under Australian law.

Freedom of conscience at risk in USA

Mishka Góra -  Online Opinion

There is a word for what is happening in the United States at the moment, and that word is totalitarianism.

Religious leaders unite against pill plan

The World Today ABC North America correspondent Jill Colgan


Religious leaders from multiple faiths have united in an unprecedented show of strength against US president Barack Obama's healthcare plan to ensure all women have access to birth control.




Is there ever a good divorce?



New research from sociology professor Paul Amato says children always suffer.


The academic - Patrick Parkinson

FOR decades, people have been told in the popular media that a ''good divorce'' is better for children than an unhappy marriage. Yet the evidence has been mounting for years that for many children, this is simply not so



Kevin Rudd marches towards Labor leadership challenge

·         BY:DENNIS SHANAHAN AND SID MAHER  The Australian 

KEVIN Rudd is prepared to challenge Julia Gillard as prime minister next month, before the Queensland election and the federal budget parliamentary session.


War looms as PM's loyalists turn on Rudd

Peter Hartcher, Phillip Coorey SMH


SOME cabinet ministers have begun lobbying for caucus votes in support of the Prime Minister, criticising Kevin Rudd and betraying anxiety that he is gaining support.

Campbell Newman ready to rout Anna Bligh as Newspoll shows big lead


CAMPBELL Newman has extended the Liberal National Party's commanding lead over Labor in Queensland, and enters the state election campaign on track to inflict a savage defeat on the Bligh government.



Supporters dismiss claim of red carpet for refugees

Kirsty Needham


CHURCH leaders, health and charity groups have joined the federal government in condemning claims that conditions for asylum seekers living in flats and houses as part of community detention are ''luxurious''.