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

Families going hungry in NSW: report


Welfare agencies in NSW are struggling to cope as an increasing number of families ask for help to put food on the table, a charity report says. Charities are also fielding more calls in NSW than elsewhere in Australia. A report from Foodbank, which supplies food for charities to distribute, found 680,000 people in NSW are going to bed every night without food.

Labor MPs urge delay of Gillard's single parent pension bill

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

A Labor-dominated Senate inquiry has taken the extraordinary step of asking the Gillard government to indefinitely delay a key budget measure that would push single parents off the pension and onto the dole in January next year. The Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee, which is looking at the measure, has recommended that the government defer consideration of the bill until the committee has concluded two other big inquiries and their recommendations.


R18+ rated computer games to be available in the ACT from January


Gamers will be able to buy R18+ rated computer games in the ACT from January. The ACT today became the first state or territory to pass laws to create an R18+ rating for computer games. Federal parliament passed its laws in June to create the new ratings category. The states and territories have to legislate as well to enforce the classifications.

Canberra shuns tighter rein on outdoor advertising

Clare Kermond - SMH

The federal government has rejected key recommendations from an outdoor advertising inquiry, baulking at calls for greater regulation of racist or sexualised images in ads and tougher scrutiny of alcohol ads. The government has also sidestepped a recommendation that advertisers who do not follow industry codes should be named and shamed in Parliament. It said this was primarily a matter for the advertising industry body.

Drugs & Alcohol

Controversial doctor Mark Schulberg faces VCAT tribunal over prescribing drugs to heroin-addicted patients

Kate Jones - Herald Sun

A controversial doctor excessively prescribed psychoactive drugs to heroin-addicted patients because he thought it was the lesser of two evils. Dr Mark Schulberg, who owns the Croydon abortion clinic at the centre of a hepatitis C outbreak, faces 16 allegations relating to overprescribing to seven patients from 2000-09. The allegations being heard in VCAT concern Dr Schulberg's work as a GP, not a late-term abortion specialist.


Sydney primary school teacher charged for filming students

Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop - ABC

A teacher has been charged with secretly filming young students at a primary school in Sydney's west. The 34-year-old Sports Teacher allegedly set up a video camera in a change room at a public school at Hassell Grove near Mount Druitt, which cannot be named for legal reasons. Acting Police Inspector Steve Vuletas says a group of girls discovered the camera late last month after a physical education class.


Electric cars a hard sell: dealer

Joshua Dowling - SMH

The boss of the biggest car dealer network in North America says electric vehicles will account for less than 1 per cent of sales in the coming years – significantly lower than industry forecasts of between 5 and 10 per cent. Mike Jackson, the chief executive officer of Auto Nation – which has 215 dealerships representing more than 30 brands – has told the Bloomberg news agency high prices will mean slow growth for pure electric cars.


Dark clouds and red dirt


Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, a crusty veteran of indigenous politics, is enjoying the moment. She has Des Rogers, the endorsed Labor candidate for the vast electorate of Namatjira, nibbling like a trout at the end of a line baited with promise. "Des, what can you achieve for us? Labor's $300 million for outstations over 10 years is minuscule," she sniffs. Rogers protests: "It is $200 million more than the Country Liberals are promising; its $25,000 a house. I wouldn't call it minuscule."


About time we all cared more about marriage

Patrick Parkinson - SMH

One of the most heartening aspects of the otherwise divisive debate on same-sex marriage has been the recognition on all sides of politics that marriage matters. That is a real turnaround.

Senators put up a fourth same-sex marriage bill

Milanda Rout - The Australian

Four Labor senators will introduce another same-sex marriage bill - the fourth - into federal parliament and will be allowed to debate it during time allocated for official government business.

ACT's civil ceremonies get green light


The ACT Legislative Assembly has passed a bill to strengthen civil union laws, during a marathon sitting that continued until early this morning. The laws passed with support of the Greens and will allow legally binding ceremonies for same-sex couples. Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the laws restore legislation overturned by the former Howard government.

Overseas Aid

Aid money to pay for detention centres

Herald Sun

Money from Australia's aid budget will be spent on reopening asylum seeker detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, the Senate has heard. During Senate question time on Thursday, Australia Greens senator Lee Rhiannon grilled Foreign Minister Bob Carr on how much aid cash would be spent on offshore processing.


PM comes out swinging over claims

Phillip Coorey - Sydney Morning Herald

Julia Gillard has decried the Americanisation of Australian politics as she defended herself vigorously over her conduct as a lawyer 17 years ago, saying a spate of recent reports had been prompted by the ''ravings'' of ''the misogynists and the nutjobs on the internet''. After almost four days of silence, the Prime Minister called a news conference to confront head-on the claims surrounding her role as an industrial lawyer at Slater & Gordon in the early 1990s when acting for an Australian Workers Union branch run by her then boyfriend, the allegedly corrupt Bruce Wilson.


Government announces increase in refugee intake


Australia will boost its refugee intake by more than 6,000 people per year under changes announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard today. The increase in the annual refugee quota from 13,750 to 20,000 people was one of the key planks of the expert panel report on asylum seeker policy handed to the Government earlier this month.

Sexualisation of Society

Skype sex scandal 'the tip of the iceberg'

Dan Box - The Australian

The covert and potentially illegal filming of servicewomen having sex is much more widespread within the military than previously admitted, despite assurances that last year's Skype sex scandal was an "isolated" event. A report commissioned in the wake of that controversy, in which cadets allegedly used the internet to illicitly broadcast a young woman having sex, has uncovered a number of other servicewomen who say something similar happened to them.

Petition calls on Cleo to use real images of women

Collective Shout

Following a US teenager’s successful petition calling on 17 Magazine to publish one unaltered photo spread per month, Melbourne woman Jessica Barlow has created a petition calling on Australian Cleo Magazine to do the same.


Pell puts abuse at arm's length

The Australian

Australia's most senior Catholic, Sydney Archbishop George Pell, has authorised an extraordinary 4000-word statement publicly distancing himself from responsibility for the church's mishandling of sexual abuse investigations around the country.

Sharia poses problems, says judge

Geesche Jacobsen - SMH

The idea sharia could operate as part of Australian law was ''misconceived'' and minority practices that offend moral standards should be abandoned, the former High Court judge Sir Gerard Brennan said last night.