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.



Federal judge grants temporary injunction in Bible publisher's contraception rule challenge

Medical Net

A federal judge on Friday temporarily prevented the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House Publishers, which does not want to provide employees with contraceptives that it equates with abortion.


UK: Online porn linked to half of all child sex abuse cases

Daniel Martin - Daily Mail

Thousands of children in England are at high risk of sexual exploitation – and in half the cases, the impact of online porn is partly to blame, a devastating report found last night. Some 16,500 youngsters – the equivalent of 20 medium-sized secondary schools – were identified over the course of one year as displaying signs of being vulnerable to being raped or otherwise sexually abused. Contrary to expectations, many were from ‘loving and stable’ middle-class homes, with children as young as four at risk.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

All views will be considered in Qld surrogacy laws: Bleijie

Ava Benny-Morrison - Chronicle

The State's top lawmaker has attempted to pacify both sides of the debate surrounding a plan to exclude same-sex couples from surrogacy laws and says all views will be considered before any amendments are made. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie's reassurance comes in response to a petition Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts tabled calling on the Parliament to repeal all laws and amend any regulations that allow a single person or a same sex couple to obtain a child by surrogacy.

Drugs & Alcohol

Drug lab charge is a legal first

Brenden Hills - The Daily Telegraph

An alleged drug manufacturer has been charged with manslaughter after his mate was killed when their backyard lab exploded, a legal first in Australia. Crawford Leslie Dagger will face trial in April for the death of Matthew McKenzie, 23, who suffered fatal burns when a shed at the rear of a property in Kemps Creek, western Sydney, caught fire as they were allegedly cooking up large quantities of drugs.

Parents told don't buy grog for WA leavers


West Australian police have urged parents not to buy alcohol for their children as they embark on the state's Leavers Week festivities. More than 60,000 school leavers are expected to flood the traditional party spots of Dunsborough and Rottnest from November 26, and the state government has just revealed it has spent $200,000 on support services for the thousands of revellers.

$235m drugs haul: massive stash found in imported road roller


Australian Federal Police (AFP) have seized cocaine and methamphetamine worth an estimated $235 million hidden inside a road roller imported from China. Two men have been arrested: a 33-year-old US national and the other a 34-year-old Canadian alleged to be the organiser and financier of the importation. Police also seized $150,000 cash in a raid on a home in Sydney.


Nile claims win on fisheries shutdown

Josephine Tovey - The Age

The closure of the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre of Excellence has been put on hold after lobbying from Christian Democrats MP Fred Nile. At a rally against the closure this afternoon, Mr Nile revealed the government had agreed to temporarily halt the decommissioning of the centre until it had responded to a damning report by an upper house inquiry into the closure.


Mercy killer didn't want political debate

Rania Spooner - SMH

An elderly man whose body was found on a Perth beach after he admitted to the mercy killing of his disabled life partner never wanted his personal struggle to become a political debate, his lawyer says. Herbert Erickson, 81, who preferred to be called "Bernie", pleaded guilty to the murder of his de facto partner Julie Betty Kuhn, 73, less than a month ago.


Will a casino be a boon or a bane for Barangaroo?

Deborah Edwards - The Conversation

Barangaroo, on Sydney’s harbour, is no ordinary development. It has been promised that the 22-hectares of former industrial land sitting on the western edge of the CBD will transform Sydney both culturally and economically. In particular, the economic benefits of a second Sydney casino licence at Barangaroo have been much touted – but does this stack up?

Jockeys to face more questions over bets

Mike Hedge - SMH

At least two more jockeys expect to be questioned this week in the betting investigation that has caused upheaval in Victorian racing. And as the probe continues, the scandal centred on a $10,000 bet made by Damien Oliver will go back to its source as the racing integrity commissioner, Sal Perna, reviews Racing Victoria's inquiry into the matter.

Pokie limit dumped over revenue fears


A parliamentary committee investigating a $1 betting limit on poker machines in Tasmania has recommended against the change. The committee was swayed by the gambling industry's contribution to gross state product, saying a reduction in gaming expenditure would decrease state revenues. It recommended against parliament proceeding with amendments to the Gaming Act, but the chairman Kim Booth has issued a dissenting statement.


Self-harm is occurring for children of all ages

Amy Corderoy - Sydney Morning Herald

Thousands of children - some younger than nine years old - have been admitted to hospitals around the country after intentionally harming themselves, a new report has found. More than 4200 children aged between 10 and 14, mostly girls, were admitted to hospital after self-harming in the 10 years to 2007, according to a report into child injuries from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. There were more than 100 children aged up to nine hospitalised.

Rate of new HIV infections increasing in parts of Asia

Radio Australia

Burma's opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted a new role as ambassador of the UN's programme on HIV and AIDS, saying she wants to be a "voice of the voiceless". UNAIDS says the key to her new role is fighting discrimination against people living with the disease. News of the appointment came as the UN agency released its annual global report on HIV-AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1. Steve Kraus is UNAIDS regional director, for Asia and the Pacific and he says while good progress has been made in many areas, a number of countries have seen an increase in infection rates.

Report blasts Australia’s failing HIV response

Star Online

Australia’s response to HIV has stalled and lacks leadership and investment according to a critical assessment released by the nation’s leading HIV/AIDS groups, following a national rise in infections of eight percent. According to the report Turning Political Will into Action, Australia’s once groundbreaking partnership approach to HIV has stalled and stagnated with a lack of communication, innovation and vision.


Primary school teachers 'could face sack' for refusing to promote gay marriage

John Bingham - Telegraph

Liz Truss, an education minister, refused to rule out the possibility that teachers, even in faith schools, could face disciplinary action for objecting on grounds of conscience. Miss Truss said simply that it was impossible to know what the impact of the legislation would be at this stage. Her admission came in a letter to a fellow Conservative MP, David Burrowes, last month. Mr Burrowes, a practising Christian, originally wrote to Maria Miller, the equalities minister, raising concerns about the impact on schools of the Coalition’s plans to change the marriage laws.


Greens party in a dubious alliance

Simon Benson - The Daily Telegraph

A senior Labor MP has accused the Greens of supporting "gay-hanging, women-hating" terrorists by failing to condemn Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel. Chair of the parliament's foreign affairs committee Michael Danby slammed Greens leader Christine Milne, accusing her of being "in bed with Islamic fundamentalists" after the Greens put a motion yesterday to the Senate blaming Israel for the conflict. "The Greens failure to even mention the millions of Israelis living under constant rocket fire, forced into air raid shelters, exposes them as an extreme left political party," Mr Danby, an outspoken supporter of Israel, said.


Admit it, the model has been broken

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

The Gillard government set out to "break the people-smugglers' business model". It has failed. The people-smugglers have broken Labor's asylum-seeker policy model. Asylum-seekers have been used to swamp the limited facilities for offshore processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Even as the first asylum-seekers were sent to a re-opened Manus Island, so many were waiting on Christmas Island the PNG facility was already oversubscribed.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Atheists win battle against nativity display


A US federal judge has denied a Christian group's bid to display a nativity scene in a Los Angeles park. District Court Judge Audrey Collins formalised an earlier tentative ruling. William Becker, the lawyer for the Christian group, said he would appeal. "The atheists won and they will always win unless we get courts to understand how the game is played, and this is a game that was played very successfully and they knew it," Mr Becker said after the hearing on Monday.

Sexualisation of Society

Naked protesters outraged over San Francisco public nudity ban


San Francisco lawmakers have voted to outlaw most public nudity, despite protests in the California city. The city's Board of Supervisors approved a ban proposed by Scott Wiener; its Castro neighborhood is a gay hub where so-called Naked Guys regularly hang out. The law was approved by 6 votes in favor to 5 against at an afternoon meeting, at which Wiener said the move was long overdue.

US: Middle schoolers subjected to graphic gay indoctrination

Western Journalism

Shortly before Maine became one of the first states to approve gay marriage at the ballot box, a school district in the state was ahead of the curve with a presentation of graphic gay sex acts. Promoted as part of the school’s “Diversity Day”, 25 students in a middle school class were subjected to the filth by a group called Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine. The reprehensible display included advising students about safe homosexual sex acts and suggesting the use of saran wrap during oral sex if a dental dam is not available. The mother of one 13-year-old upset by the presentation told the media that the PRYSM speaker also used profanity when spreading the gay-centric message.


Another senseless death

Lucy Kippist - The Punch

I felt an overwhelming sadness looking at the beautiful face of Sarah Cafferkey. Bearing an uncanny resemblance, in its light, beauty and openness, to the other young Melbourne woman, Jill Meagher, who also lost her life as a result of a senseless and thuggish attack. Can anybody tell me why? Sarah Cafferkey was all of 22 years of age. She’ll never even know how it feels to celebrate her 30th birthday. As her mother, Noelle Dickson said in a statement this morning. “I’m just thinking about my poor little girl. She’s all I ever had and now he’s taken her and I’m never going to be able to see her again, she won’t get married, she won’t have anything now. This is my little girl ... I don’t have any more and nobody deserves this. She had her whole life ahead of her.”