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.



Nile bill to ignite debate over abortion

Kirsty Needham - SMH

A controversial bill giving legal rights to an unborn child will be supported by the O'Farrell government under a deal with Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile in exchange for his support for crucial state budget legislation to privatise Newcastle Port.

Julia Gillard's cut-price abortion drug as RU486 slashed to $12

Samantha Maiden - The Daily Telegraph

Julia Gillard's last act as prime minister included signing off on cabinet approval for slashing the cost of abortion pill RU486 to as little as $12.

Abortion drug subsidies blasted, cancer treatments welcomed


The inclusion of controversial abortion drug RU-486 on Australia's subsidised medication program has been attacked as an ''abuse of power'' by anti-abortion activists.

Abortion pill to be included on PBS: MP

Ilawarra Mercury

Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek says drugs to treat skin cancer, as well as the controversial abortion pill RU486, will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Speaking at Cancer Australia yesterday, she said the taxpayer-funded PBS would also include a drug to treat prostate cancer and a new-generation oral anticoagulant medicine for the prevention of strokes.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Babies with three parents could be born by 2015 after controversial genetic treatment gets green light

Jenny Hope - Daily Mail

The first baby with three parents could be born as early as 2015 after a landmark decision to move ahead on a controversial genetic treatment. Britain could become the first country to sanction the creation of babies with three genetic parents, despite fears it might lead to ‘designer babies’. The Government will publish draft regulations later this year that will bring techniques a step closer to giving women affected by devastating hereditary diseases the chance to have healthy children.

A couple who hired an illiterate Indian woman to be surrogate of their twins ordered to prove she wasn't exploited

Brenden Hills - Sunday Telegraph

A couple who hired an illiterate Indian woman to be the surrogate mother of their twins was ordered by a judge to return to India to prove she had not been exploited.

Plan to scrap booze bans on Good Friday and other holidays

Kara Vickery - Herald Sun

The scrapping of booze bans on Good Friday, Christmas Day and Anzac Day is being considered as part of a major overhaul of WA's alcohol licensing laws. The Tourism Council of WA said outdated laws that prevented bottle shops and nightclubs from opening on religious holidays, and force pubs to close early on public holidays, were costing the state money.


A battle royale for the very, very profitable VIPs

Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

The official blurb for the exclusive Sovereign Room at the Star casino in Sydney describes it as a luxurious oasis, with unparalleled levels of service. It is a ''private area featuring exclusive salons [that] offers personalised service, premium tables and an exclusive dining room and outdoor terrace''.


Kevin Rudd raises stakes on gay marriage

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Kevin Rudd has declared he will consider a plebiscite or referendum on the issue of gay marriage if Tony Abbott fails to grant his MPs a free vote to resolve the issue. Mr Rudd yesterday sought to make his personal conversion to supporting gay marriage a central election issue and pitch to young voters, proudly declaring that he was Australia's first marriage-equality prime minister and was committed to marriage law reform.

Rudd’s new view of marriage out of step with orthodox Christianity

Ben Williams - International

Kevin Rudd’s new position on marriage is out of step with every major Christian denomination in Australia, according to the Australian Christian Lobby. ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said it was incomprehensible that the man who publicly defended marriage outside church on Sunday mornings, is now promoting something that is contrary to every major Christian denomination's teaching on marriage and family.

Kevin Rudd's gay marriage referendum offer dismissed by advocates

Ashley Hall - ABC

Gay marriage advocates have dismissed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's offer to hold a referendum on gay marriage if Tony Abbott refuses to allow Coalition members a conscience vote on the issue.

Court lifts ban on California gay marriage


A US federal court on Friday lifted a ban on same-sex marriage in California with immediate effect, following a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court this week. The decision came only two days after the top US court's ruling, much quicker than expected. Many observers thought it could be several weeks before marriages would resume in the famously liberal western US state.

Vote on same-sex marriage divisive: Croome

The Border Mail

Gay rights advocate Rodney Croome has rejected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's suggested referendum on gay marriage, saying it would be expensive and divisive. On Friday, Mr Rudd said he would consider holding a plebiscite or referendum, if Opposition Leader Tony Abbott did not allow Coalition MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage.

Polygamy now!

W W Houston - The Economist

Now that the federal goverment recognises the marriages of same-sex couples from enlightened states, what's next? Polygamy? Well, polygamists are hopeful. And it does stand to reason. DOMA was struck down in no small part because it picks out a certain class of people and, by denying them recognition of their marriages, denies their families equal freedom and dignity.

Polygamists welcome Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage predicting relationships with multiple people will be next

Hugo Gye - Daily Mail

Polygamy activists have spoken of their hopes that the Supreme Court's landmark rulings on gay marriage could lead to a breakthrough for their cause too. The top court in the U.S. yesterday ruled that the federal government must recognise same-sex marriages, and allowed judges to overrule a ban on gay marriage in California. And some polygamists predict that the decisions will 'blaze the marriage equality trail', saying that 'the nuclear family is not the majority any more'.

Can gay marriage really lead to polygamy, polygamists seem to think so

Meredith Jessup - The Blaze

Immediately following the Supreme Court’s ruling this week, conservative radio host Glenn Beck warned that legalized polygamy wouldn’t be far behind. “If you change one variable — man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman,” he said, “you cannot then tell me that you cannot logically tell me you can’t change the other variable: one man, three women. One woman, four men.” Many gay marriage supporters scoff at the notion, declaring that no such thing could ever happen. But if that’s the case, no one apparently told the polygamists.

After gay marriage why not polygamy

Harry Cheadle - Vice

Sooner or later, and probably sooner, two men or two women will be able to legally wed each other. It’s taken too long, sure, but that day isn’t too far off. But if two men or two women can get married, what's stopping two men and two women from getting hitched?

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Named: the Australian paedophile jailed for 40 years

Nick Ralston - SMH

Standing before an American court convicted of the most heinous of child sex crimes, the double lives of Australian citizen Mark J. Newton and his long-term boyfriend Peter Truong were laid bare. ‘‘Being a father was an honour and a privilege that amounted to the best six years of my life,’’ the American-born Newton, 42, told the court. Moments later Newton was sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing the boy he and Truong, 36 from Queensland, had ‘‘adopted’’ after paying a Russian woman $8000 to be their surrogate in 2005.

Australian paedophile gets 40 years in US jail

The Age

An Australian man who bought a baby boy for $US8000 ($8600) with his partner, sexually abused the child and handed him to other paedophiles to molest, has been sentenced to 40 years' prison in the US. Judge Sarah Evans Barker, while sentencing the 42-year-old in the US District Court in Indianapolis on Friday, said he deserved a harsher punishment but accepted the plea deal because she did not want to subject jurors to the disturbing evidence.

No 'typical' child sex tourist as 150 known offenders go offshore

Nino Bucci - SMH

More Australian sex offenders are travelling overseas than ever before, federal police have warned, with almost 150 registered offenders leaving the country since December 1. Australians recently charged overseas for child offences include a man working in Indonesia who forced his daughters to pose for pornographic images.


Tougher test for boat people, vows Carr in Jakarta

Michael Bachelard - SMH

The Rudd government is about to rewrite Australia's refugee assessment process, making it more "hard-edged", says Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, who believes the majority of people arriving by boat now are "economic migrants", not genuine refugees.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Syria conflict: 'Suicide bomb' in Damascus Christian area


A blast in an old Christian quarter of the Syrian capital Damascus has left four people dead, in what Syrian state TV describes as a suicide attack. Several people were injured in the attack in the Bab Sharqi neighbourhood, near a church.

Christianity in peril in Turkish Cyprus

Michael Curtis - American Thinker

Violence against Christians has become all too frequent in recent years, with attacks on them in a wide variety of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Repression and intolerance have been displayed against the Christian community in Nigeria; against the Coptic Christians in Alexandria, Egypt ; by bombing in a chapel in Sulu, Philippines; by bomb arracks against Assyrian Christians in Iraq; by discrimination against them in the Islamic Republic of Iraq; by prosecution under the blasphemy laws in Pakistan and elsewhere.


Australia must also caution on Gardasil

Renate Klein and Helen Lobato - On Line Opinion

On June 14, the Japanese Health Ministry issued a nationwide notice that the so-called ‘cervical cancer’ vaccinations should not be recommended for girls aged 12 to 16. This precautionary move followed reports of 1,968 cases of possible adverse effects including body pain, numbness and paralysis.

The inconsistency of modern western morality

Wendy Francis – Online Opinion

At times I feel like I am caught in some sort of weird ‘Alice in Wonderland’ scenario. “ should say what you mean,' the March Hare went on. `I do,' Alice hastily replied; `at least--at least I mean what I say--that's the same thing, you know.' `Not the same thing a bit!' said the Hatter. `You might just as well say that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see"!' `You might just as well say,' added the March Hare, `that "I like what I get" is the same thing as "I get what I like"!'