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.



Planned Parenthood marks 96th birthday with 6 million abortions

Steven Ertelt - LifeNews

Planned Parenthood marks its 96th birthday today and one leading pro-life activists who has been a watchdog of the abortion business for decades estimates Planned Parenthood has denied 6 million unborn children birthdays of their own. “In 2010, Planned Parenthood did 27 percent of all the abortions in the United States. It has ended the lives of over 6,000,000 human beings in its own facilities since 1970. And, during that same time, it collected over $6 billion in taxpayer money,” says Jim Sedlak of American Life League.


Abusive websites could be charged

Karl Quinn - The Age

A senior detective in the Victoria Police e-crime squad has said there may be grounds to prosecute the creators of a Facebook page that denigrated Jill Meagher, the 29-year-old Brunswick woman who was abducted and killed last month.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Custody win for sperm donor father

Ainsley Pavey - The Courier-Mail

A sperm donor who secretly fathered two girls in two Australian states four years apart will raise his eldest daughter and have sole rights to decide where she goes to school after winning a bitter custody dispute. The 47-year-old father's identity is protected under the Family Law Act, but a recent Federal Magistrates Court judgment has revealed he is involved in "touring" and travels overseas to attend to "business and property dealings".

Drugs & Alcohol

Seven paramedics implicated in drug thefts in past four years

Mark Buttler - Herald Sun

At least seven paramedics have been implicated in drug thefts from Ambulance Victoria in the past four years. Three lost their jobs and two resigned after being suspected of stealing drugs. Ambulance Victoria has confirmed that in one case, in northern Victoria last year, seven patients were affected by the theft of drugs by a paramedic.

Nile wants funding for heroin 'cure'

Deborah Snow, Anna Patty - SMH

The NSW government should fund a trial of surgically-implanted naltrexone capsules to cure heroin addiction, says the Reverend Fred Nile, the leader of the Christian Democrats. He has called on the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, to fund the experimental treatment which was a cornerstone of practices at a Sydney clinic slammed by the Coroner last month.


Parents lose fight over religion in school

The Age

Three parents have lost their battle in claiming religious classes in state primary schools are discriminating against their children. The parents argued during a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing that their children, who do not attend the optional religious classes, are being left out when the classes are on.


Woolies fights pokies limit

Richard Willingham - SMH

Woolworths has urged shareholders to vote against a motion at an upcoming extraordinary general meeting to limit bets on the company's 12,000 poker machines to $1. The proposal has been put forward by GetUp members who are also Woolworths shareholders and will be voted on November 22 in Adelaide. States have different limits - Victoria has a $5 maximum bet per spin of the machine. Gambling reformers believe a $1 bet limit will reduce addiction.


We can do more to aid people with HIV

Bill Whittaker - The Punch

There has been a 50 per cent increase in HIV cases over the past decade in Australia. So what are we going to do about it? The biggest bang for our buck will be getting people who have HIV on treatment. The data suggests only around 50 per cent of people with HIV in Australia are on HIV treatment, yet it is becoming increasingly clear that virtually all people with HIV should consider taking treatment to benefit their health and wellbeing.

Homelessness & Poverty

Poverty hits Canberra households


A new ACT Council of Social Service report has found close to 10 per cent of Canberrans are living in poverty. The Cost of Living Report shows utilities costs have risen nearly 50 per cent over the last five years. ACTCOSS director Roslyn Dundas says many people do not realise some Canberra households are struggling, particularly given the city has higher-than-average incomes.

Overseas Aid

Australia wins seat on UN Security Council

Paul Toohey - News Limited Network

Australia has scored a surprising and emphatic win in its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, coming well ahead of its opponents Luxembourg and Finland with 140 of a possible 193 votes.


Undecideds hold the key: leaders

Lisa Cox, Noel Towell - The Canberra Times

The leaders of the major parties have declared that undecided voters will determine the outcome of tomorrow's ACT election. Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the last seat in each electorate would come down to several hundred votes.

Rudd back in harness, counting numbers

Phillip Coorey - SMH

Kevin Rudd has beat a steady drumbeat this week. He began by tweeting about his sick cat. On Wednesday, he used his considerable popularity to campaign in the marginal seat of Banks, in south-western Sydney. On Wednesday night he conducted a wide-ranging interview on the ABC program Lateline in which he called for an end to personal attacks pervading politics and a return to policy debate.

Nine churches and six Buddhist temples shut down under Islamist pressure in Banda Aceh

Mathias Hariyadi - Asia News

For the city's deputy mayor, the buildings were not being properly used. They lacked the proper building permit and were used for "unlawful" purposes. She pledged greater monitoring of minority activities. Local sources say that the crackdown is the result of threats from extremist groups. FPI now wants other cities and towns to do the same.

Sexualisation of Society

Man bailed after 'mother and daughter' sex sting

Amy Remeikis - Canberra Times

He allegedly thought he would be meeting 'Bree', a 13-year-old Brisbane schoolgirl, and her mother for sex. Instead, a 55-year-old man from Campbell in the ACT, who cannot be named for legal reasons, arrived in Queensland to be greeted by detectives from the State Crime Operations Command Task Force Argos.

Two more arrested over child prostitution

Vincent Morello - AAP

Two more men have been charged over an alleged child prostitution ring in Sydney involving eight girls, some as young as 12. A total of 90 charges have now been laid against six men and two women allegedly involved in the sex ring, which sold a 12-year-old for sex three times in three days.


Abuse inquiry needs swift action

Paul Mulvey - AAP

More victims of church sexual abuse will kill themselves unless Victoria's parliamentary inquiry acts swiftly to protect the men who still contemplate suicide every day, one campaigner fears. Up to 50 men taught in the 1960s and 70s by convicted pedophiles Brother Robert Best, Brother Edward Dowlan, Brother Stephen Farrell and Father Gerald Ridsdale at Catholic schools in Ballarat and elsewhere in Victoria have taken their own lives and many more former students suffer from the long term impact of abuse.