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.



Think abortion is a state matter? Well, think again

Stephanie Peatling - SMH

Abortion is not just a matter for the states and politicians who try to assert that it is are minimising the powerful role they can play. Prime Minister Julia Gillard again put abortion on the federal political agenda when she warned on Tuesday that it would become ''the political plaything of men who think they know better'' should the Coalition form government after September 14.

Abbott rules out deals with DLP senator


Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has ruled out doing any deals on federal funding with an anti-abortion senator if the coalition wins government. Two days after Prime Minister Julia Gillard said an Abbott-led government would make abortion a "political play thing", Mr Abbott reiterated that abortion law was a matter for state and territory jurisdictions.

Children & Family

Do absent dads make for promiscuous daughters? Study finds lack of father figure triggers risky sexual behavior among young girls

Sadie Whitelocks - Daily Mail

Girls whose dads are absent during childhood are more likely be sexually promiscuous later in life, according to a new study. Researchers from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth quizzed 64 female students on their father-daughter bond and prompted them to answer various questions on sex, including condom use and frequency.


Google offers cash to counter sex critics


Google has pledged $A1.67 million to a British charity that monitors online child porn, just days after Prime Minister David Cameron demanded the internet giant do more to tackle the problem. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an industry-funded body which identifies and helps remove criminal content online, said the "incredibly generous" donation would be paid over four years and allow it to hire five new staff.

Drugs & Alcohol

Mackay cops hopeful but not holding breath

Vincent Morello - AAP

Police hold hopes of finding the remains of anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay but are realistic the latest search may turn up nothing. Forensics officers, unsolved homicide detectives and the AFP are digging a 30m by 50m area of farmland outside Hay, in the NSW Riverina.

South Australia imposes synthetic drugs ban


South Australia has followed New South Wales by banning 19 potentially-harmful synthetic drugs from sale. The Government said fines of up to $1.1 million would apply. A Sydney teenager died after plunging from a balcony last week while under the influence of a drug that mimics LSD.


Gillard in breach of schools deal with NSW


Prime Minister Julia Gillard's improved schools funding offer to Western Australia appears to be in breach of the agreement she signed with NSW, Premier Barry O'Farrell says. He says Ms Gillard promised that her offer to other jurisdictions would not change when NSW became the first state to sign up to Labor's $14.5 billion six-year schools funding plan in April.

Violence restraining order could set precedent to deal with school bullying

Sharon Kennedy and Barry Nicholls - ABC

Educationalists are worried about the precedent of taking out a violence restraining order to deal with school bullying. Kalgoorlie parents of a primary school boy have taken out a violence restraining order against another student at their son's school.


Millions could be lost as state hospitals fail test

Julia Medew - The Age

Victorian hospitals are likely to lose millions of dollars in reward funding after they failed to reach some emergency department and elective surgery targets set by the federal government. Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek also revealed on Thursday that Victorian hospitals had done nearly 2000 fewer operations in 2012, compared with 2011, despite growing demand.

Human Rights

Children used as human shields in Syria war, says U.N.


Children are being used as sniper targets and human shields in the Syria war, the United Nations said Wednesday, in a report that added Mali to its child soldier list of shame. U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon said in the report the 26-month-old war in Syria is taking an “unacceptable and unbearable” toll on children with thousands among the death toll.

United Nations says death toll from Syrian conflict tops 93,000


The United Nations says more than 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in the "senseless carnage" gripping Syria. UN rights chief Navi Pillay says the toll, along with documented cases of children tortured and entire families massacred, "is a terrible reminder of just how vicious this conflict has become".


'Life-saving' custody hotline wins funding rescue


A crisis phone line used by thousands of Aboriginal people in New South Wales police custody has been given a last-minute reprieve. The Federal Government has today agreed to fund the 24-hour Custody Notification Service - which costs $500,000 dollars a year - for another two years.

Legislating to counter grog fuelled violence

Frank Brennan - Eureka Street

Countering alcohol-fuelled violence is a major public policy challenge in Australia, especially in the tropical north. In 1998, the Queensland Government established an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Task Force on Violence. It reported on the adverse effects of gross alcohol consumption especially on Queensland's remote Aboriginal communities, located mainly in Cape York.


Croatia anti gay-marriage petition sparks fears


Less than three weeks before it joins the European Union, Croatia is facing calls for a referendum that could rule out same-sex marriages in the largely Catholic nation, where conservatism appears to be on the rise. Last month almost one-fifth of Croatia's population signed a petition launched by a Catholic Church-backed group calling for a referendum on whether to introduce a constitutional clause defining marriage as a "union of a woman and a man".

Sexualisation of Society

Defence force outraged at sex scandal

Max Blenkin - AAP

Australia's defence boss admits there are "systemic problems with culture inside the army" as another sex scandal engulfs the military. Three officers have been suspended and more than 100 others are being investigated over the creation and distribution of explicit and "profane" material featuring several women on defence computers and the internet.


Google tax whistleblower says he was motivated by Christian beliefs

Rajeev Syal - Guardian

Barney Jones says he has no regrets even though speaking out on Google's tax affairs may have damaged his career.

21 rapes and still free to kill Jill Psycho’s reign of evil on bail

Owen Conlon - The Irish Sun

Adrian Bayley had carried out 21 rapes before he attacked and murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher. Details of the monster’s shocking background emerged yesterday as it was revealed he was on parole and on bail at the time he strangled Jill, 29, in Australia last September. A court heard evil Bayley, 41, had a “degree of sexual depravity rarely seen”.