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.


Charities & NFP

Salvos fired at charities

Dale Renner - On line Opinion

As the Coalition gears up for government in September, and amidst the eagerness to reduce budget deficits, it was only a matter of time before the social sector was in the sights of small government apologists. Four major accusations are being used to question the funding of the social sector. These shots are wide of the mark, and deserve a critical response.


Watchdog to review website blocks


Australia's corporate watchdog will review how it goes about blocking access to dodgy websites as part of a crackdown on frauds and scams.

Drugs & Alcohol

Bodybuilder gives insight into Thailand steroid holidays, doctors warn of health risks

Matt Wordsworth - ABC

An amateur bodybuilder has given an alarming insight into so-called steroid vacations, where eager athletes head to Thailand to buy supplements that are illegal in Australia. All manner of performance-enhancing substances are legal in the country, and sell for a fraction of the cost of their black market equivalents in Australia.

Global Commission on Drugs warns of miscalculation over Hep C epidemic


Global Drug Policy Commissioner and a former President of Switzerland, Ruth Dreifuss warns that the 'war on drugs' is driving a global epidemic in hepatitis C and that the world's leaders are grossly miscalculating the impact of the deadly epidemic.


Gonski drama ain't over just yet

Jewel Topsfield - The Age

Education Minister Martin Dixon has long lamented that the most significant reform of school funding in 40 years has been reduced to a motherhood statement. "If you 'give a Gonski' you like kids, if you don't 'give a Gonski', you don't like kids – it's become as banal as that," he said recently.


Shot by police: 42pc are mentally ill


Almost half the people shot dead in confrontations with police in the past 22 years were suffering from some form of mental illness, a new study says. The paper, released by the Australian Institute of Criminology, said 105 people had been fatally shot by police since monitoring through the National Deaths in Custody Program started in 1989-90.

Homelessness & Poverty

Qld fights with feds on homelessness


A Queensland tenancy advice group will lose its funding in July despite the federal government offering to pay its costs to the end of the year.

Homeless agreement signed


Micah Projects welcomes signing of National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, calls for bipartisan support going forward. Micah Projects, a not for profit organisation working with hundreds of people in Brisbane who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, has welcomed the signing of the National Homelessness Partnership Agreement between the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.

Human Rights

UN condemns Hezbollah involvement in Syria


The UN's top human rights body has condemned the Syrian regime's use of foreign fighters in the besieged town of Qusayr, and ordered an urgent probe into the reported killings of hundreds of people there. Hezbollah militia fighters from neighbouring Lebanon have spearheaded an assault that's cut off Syrian rebels in the strategic town. The US says Hezbollah's involvement signals a dangerous broadening of the war. The development loom as yet another potential obstacle to diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict.

NSW Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal issues millionth order

Richard Noone - The Daily Telegraph

Whether it is chasing refunds for a nightmare trip to the snow or damages to a 4WD caused by contaminated fuel, one thing consumers hate most is being ripped off.


Mind the gap on indigenous health

Billi McCarthy-Price - On line Opinion

There remains a 10-year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia. Around 12 per cent of this difference has been attributed to mental health conditions, with four per cent to suicide and six per cent to alcohol and substance abuse. Australians must start paying attention. What's more, they must be made more aware of the phenomenally high rates of Indigenous youth suicide that contribute to this gap.


US: Supreme Court might dismiss Prop. 8 case on a technicality

Maura Dolan and David G. Savage - Los Angeles Times

Lawyers leading the fight for gay marriage in California have been quietly preparing state officials for the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court might dismiss the case on a technicality next month without deciding the fate of Proposition 8. The justices could decide that the sponsors of the ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage had no legal right, or standing, to defend it in federal court. That would end the case in Washington, but it is not clear what it would mean for California.

The totalitarian threat of same sex marriage

Trey Dimsdale - Christian Post

When the Supreme Court announces its opinion it will be doing one of two dangerous things. The first possibility is that the Supreme Court may redefine marriages and hold that no state can bar two members of the same sex from entering into a marriage. If this is the outcome, the Court itself will have stepped directly over the line into totalitarianism for the first time in the history of our nation. The second possibility is that the Supreme Court may hold that the definition of marriage is a state issue, in which case the marriage battle will rage along fifty independent fronts. If this is the outcome, the Court will have given permission to the several states to step over the line into totalitarianism. Either outcome is a disastrous first step to a culture unbounded by reason, common sense, or any sense of morality.

Late night votes on gay marriage could be a headache for Cameron


The level of turnout in divisions often hinges on when votes are held in the Lords. Most Lords insiders reckon there is a comfortable majority for gay marriage in the Upper House - but maybe not at 2am on a Tuesday morning. The ever-lengthening speakers list for the Second Reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, this Monday - 79 and counting - suggests the debate will drag on long past midnight.

Marriage equality proponents silent on state interference

Paul Chandler - The Australian

Rodney Croome ("Marriage equality is good for children", 30/5) attempts to make the case that it is immaterial in what family situation a child is raised. Research upholds the conclusion that the optimal place for a child to be raised is with his/her biological parents in a stable marriage.


Coalition pushes for early poll

Sid Maher - The Australian

The opposition has asked the independents whether they would support a no-confidence motion against the government that would spark an August 3 election. The leader of opposition business in the lower house, Christopher Pyne, last night wrote to the independents on the threatened no-confidence motion, declaring that supporting the move would put the government into an immediate caretaker mode.

Two sandwiches more than a joke

Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun

This kind of disrespect is ugly and alarming: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has had a sandwich thrown at her during a school visit for the second time this month. Ms Gillard was walking in a crowded foyer at Lyneham High School - where she was announcing the ACT had signed up to her Gonski reforms - when the salami sandwich was thrown.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Syrian refugees: Women in Jordan 'sexually exploited'


The conflict in Syria is brutal within its borders but once outside, those that flee often find they have no way of earning a living. Syrian women, often without a male guardian or breadwinner, struggle to make ends meet and some are forced to take desperate measures such as forced marriage or prostitution.


Devastation hits Syria hard

Syed Shahzad Alam - The News

The civil war in Syria has turned the country into a land of “Devastation and Destruction” where hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives without knowing their mistake or offence. Millions of people are forced to leave their homeland to seek shelter in neighboring countries Jordan and Lebanon and are facing severe humanitarian crises.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Some 100,000 Christians killed per year over faith, Vatican says

Cristina Corbin - Fox News

A staggering 100,000 Christians are killed annually because of their faith, according to the Vatican -- and several human rights groups claim such anti-Christian violence is on the rise in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt. "Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year."


Pell's great test of faith

Doug Conway - AAP

God chose George Pell before Richmond Football Club could. But is the former ruckman now a religious tiger who has been forced to change his stripes a little? Australia's most senior Catholic churchman had a professional Aussie Rules contract in his bag in his last year at school.

US: Department of Justice tells employees to verbally affirm homosexuality

Todd Starnes - Fox News

The Department of Justice has been accused of religious intolerance and viewpoint discrimination after workers were sent an email directing them to verbally affirm homosexuality, according to a law firm specializing in religious liberty and now representing a DOJ whistleblower. Liberty Counsel said DOJ employees were emailed a brochure called “LGBT Inclusion at W rk: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers.”