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.



DIY abortion doctor won't be banned

Christine Flatley - Brisbane Times

A Brisbane obstetrician has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct for publishing advice online about how to conduct home abortions. Dr Adrienne Freeman will not be banned from practising but will face yet-to-be-determined sanctions for her actions. The Medical Board of Australia took Dr Freeman to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal earlier this year over her decision to establish a website that advised how women could terminate a pregnancy using a drug regime and without medical supervision.

Romney lays out pro-life agenda he would take as president

Steven Ertelt -

Mitt Romney has laid out the pro-life agenda he would take as president, if elected to defeat pro-abortion President Barack Obama this November. The agenda, written in a letter to voters asking his campaign where he stands on pro-life issues, would have Romney reinstated the Mexico City Policy to prevent taxpayer funding of groups like Planned Parenthood that promote and perform abortions overseas. It includes supporting the reversal of Roe v. Wade, supporting pro-life legislation pending in Congress, and appointing the kind of judges who would be most likely to reverse Roe.

Bioethics & Health

Paternity firm slapped over privacy breach

Hedly Thomas - The Australian

The largest Australian company in the field of drug, alcohol and paternity testing has been found to have breached the Privacy Act for displaying on the internet confidential, sensitive information about hundreds of customers and their orders for testing kits. But Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim found Medvet had acted quickly last July to resolve the privacy breach, despite The Australian establishing the company had not fixed the problem after being told three months earlier that customers' information had become readily available on Google.

NDIS to be launched in two states and ACT

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the federal government has reached an agreement with two Labor states and one territory to launch the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS). The states are South Australia and Tasmania and the territory is the ACT. Ms Gillard said the federal government had made $1 billion available for launch sites.

Disability scheme snub outrages PM

Phillip Coorey - Sydney Morning Herald

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has accused NSW and Victoria of paying lip service to the disabled after one of her signature reforms, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, suffered a serious setback when not one large state signed up to host a trial. With Ms Gillard planning to launch the trials in time for the next federal election, only the small Labor-run jurisdictions of South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT agreed to contribute extra money to secure a trial, while every Coalition-run state refused.

Children & Family

Shared care not the key for kids

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Children of divorced parents do not feel secure in shared care unless there is a high level of parental co-operation, according to new research, which finds that equal time and a lack of conflict between parents is not enough to foster contentment. Researcher Christina Sadowski did a qualitative study through the University of Ballarat, interviewing 16 Australian children aged eight to 12 in depth on their experiences of security and contentment -- or lack thereof -- in shared-time living arrangements.

Kids couldn't care less about going to childcare, study finds

Adele Horin - Sydney Morning Herald

Childcare use in the first year of life has no discernible bad effects, according to a series of Australian studies that track children through to age eight or nine. Early use of centre-based childcare in particular has long been a contentious issue. The associate professor of early childhood at Charles Sturt University, Linda Harrison, said the latest findings were ''good news for parents''.


YouTube's push for users to use real names

Samantha Murphy - Brisbane Times

YouTube is making it harder for users who post negative and hurtful comments on videos to hide behind the site’s anonymity. The video-sharing site is urging users to start using their full name when commenting and uploading clips. Instead of displaying a pen name linked to the YouTube account, the company wants to link to the user’s full name and picture used on their Google+ account.

Drugs & Alcohol

HIV epidemic in drug users threatens to spread

Star Online

An explosion of HIV cases among injecting drug users in Africa could spread to the wider population, says an Australian researcher. A study conducted in Tanzania by Dr Mark Stoove from the Burnet Institute in Melbourne revealed that 35 percent of injecting drug users are now HIV positive in the city of Dar es Salaam. The rate of infection almost doubled in women with 67 percent found carrying HIV compared with just 30 percent of men. Dr Stoove said this disparity was due to female injecting drug users often being linked to the sex trade.


Unis bound by red tape, low funds, says chief

Dan Harrison - SMH

The university leader Fred Hilmer has declared Australian universities are on a precipice, underfunded and smothered by regulation, and heading for decline without urgent and dramatic policy change.


A fractured spirit

Ian Munro - The Australian

Melbourne footballer and Warlpiri man Liam Jurrah was yesterday committed to stand trial in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for his alleged role in a wild brawl in March. But the roots of the conflict run deep. A short distance before the turnoff from the Tanami Road into Yuendumu, a dusty roadside sign makes a declaration citing the Liquor Act: the first hint that Yuendumu is officially a dry town. At the police station, a dark sedan is parked out front with a sign warning of patrols against grog-running.


UK: Office for National Statistics well-being report reveals UK's happiness ratings


People who are married, have jobs and own their own homes are the most likely to be satisfied with their lives, the first national well-being survey says. The Office for National Statistics data also suggests people in Wales and England are less satisfied than people in Scotland and Northern Ireland. When broken down by marital status, married people were the most satisfied with their lives, followed by cohabitees, then single people, widows/widowers and people who were divorced.

Divorcee's guide to marriage

Elizabeth Bernstein - The Australian

Want great marriage advice? Ask a divorced person. People who lose the most important relationship of their life tend to spend some time thinking about what went wrong. If they are at all self-reflective, this means they will acknowledge their own mistakes, not just their ex's blunders. And if they want to be lucky in love next time, they'll try to learn from these mistakes.

Bowen blasted on gay marriage

Ean Higgins - The Australian

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen yesterday became the latest Labor MP holding a vulnerable western Sydney seat, and facing pressure from religious groups, to declare he will vote against gay marriage. The move was condemned by the lobby group Australian Marriage Equality, which has accused Labor MPs of "hiding behind their electorates" in opposing same-sex marriage rather than taking a stand on principle.


Labor buries Greens costings as Joel Fitzgibbon opposes Treasury secrecy

Matthew Franklin - The Australian

Labor has moved to shield the Greens from scrutiny by blocking the release of publicly funded costings of policies, in a strategy that has angered some backbenchers. Since the 2010 election, Wayne Swan has authorised Treasury to calculate the cost of at least a dozen Greens initiatives in line with the party's agreement to back Julia Gillard's minority government.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Bankruptcy bid looms in battle for mega-brothel

Adam Shand - The Australian

A battle for control of Stiletto, Sydney's most luxurious and lucrative brothel, looms as owner Eddy Hayson fights to stave off a bankruptcy action brought by rival operators in the sex industry. The Australian understands that Trystar Pty Ltd, which is threatening to bankrupt Mr Hayson next month over a $2.14 million debt, plus interest, is associated with the owners of escort service Boardroom Escorts.

Vote on condoms in porn


Los Angeles County voters will be asked to decide whether porn actors should be required to wear condoms in sex scenes. The LA Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to ask voters whether to require adult filmmakers to get health permits from the county for film production.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

70,000 Christians locked in concentration camps

Michael Carle - WND

Sources confirm North Korea has eased or lifted a number of restrictions for citizens since Kim Jong Un succeeded his father, Kim Jong Il. Kim Jong Il’s tenure as dictator was marked by intense persecution of Christians, including imprisonment of generations of a family for a single individual’s offense and executions.

Sexualisation of Society

Victory! Zoo apologises for ‘hottest asylum seeker’ competition

Melinda Tankard Reist - Blog

The petition calling on ZOO magazine to apologise and scrap its ‘hottest asylum seeker competition’ accumulated over 6000 signatures. sent out the following email to petition supporters yesterday. Thanks to all who signed and shared the petition.


Faiths creating an Australia marked by postcodes of piety

Jared Owens - The Australian

Commentators eagerly foreca ting the demise of religion should spare a thought for Sydney's Horsley Park, where 97 per cent of the population believes in God and three-quarters of them think he is a Catholic. Census data has shone a spotlight on Australia's lesser-known religious enclaves - hot spots of Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and even Mormons - nestled in our city suburbs and regional towns.