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

Government, make things easy for non-profits? Ha!

Kevin Andrews - The Punch

Civil society comprises the groups of individuals which freely associate to pursue their mutual social, cultural, professional, sporting, religious or other communal interests. They are the local carer’s groups. They are the sporting clubs, the congregations, the communities that fund and build schools, the welfare agencies, the bands of people who work together to support medical research, or assist the poor and afflicted, both here and overseas. They are the myriad of large and small associations that provide the organic vitality of our nation.

Children & Family

The gift of family in difficult times

Catholic Social Justice

Australia’s Catholic bishops urge us to consider the essential role that families play in our society – to think how we can strengthen and support them. We are called to give special consideration to those families in our midst that face particular difficulties in their efforts to stay together and nurture each other.

A fly-in, fly-out workforce can test relationships

Ebonnie Spriggs - ABC

"Even the strongest, toughest couples , when you are separated by two, three, four weeks at a time, it can be really difficult." "It can be really tricky." That's Alicia Ranford, a mother of two, who has experienced firsthand the challenges of having a partner who works fly-in fly-out.

International custody battle back in court


An international custody battle involving four sisters will return to Queensland's Family Court on Thursday. The court will consider an application from the girls' mother to overturn an order for the family to return to Italy to resolve the custody dispute.

Will Western Australia's new out-of-control party laws work?

Emma Wynne - ABC

After a succession of police call outs to deal with wild suburban parties, the government is set to introduce tough new legislation for organisers, but not everyone is convinced the strategy will be effective. In her first major piece of legislation since taking up the portfolio, Police Minister Liza Harvey is targeting the organisers of out-of-control gatherings with heavy fines and potential jail terms.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Disease passed on by donor


A Danish sperm donor passed a severe genetic disorder to five children after tests did not detect it and the fertilisation clinic failed to act on evidence that a baby had been diagnosed with the illness. The man, known only as ''donor 7042'', fathered 43 children, in breach of rules limiting the number to 25, after giving sperm to Copenhagen's Nordisk Cryobank clinic.


13 psychiatric patients were helped to die last year

Dutch News

A total of 13 psychiatric patients were helped to end their life last year, compared with just two in 2010, according to new figures from the regional euthanasia monitoring groups. Euthanasia among people in the early stages of dementia also rose last year to 49 cases, double that of 2010.

US: Another cloud on the moral horizon: Assisted suicide

John Leies -

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We have all heard that adage. It is a true one, especially in regard to moral threats to society. For a long time we have been warned of the dangers of abortion in our country. We are also quite aware of the movement to legalize same-sex marriage. But now another cloud looms on the moral horizon — assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Human Rights

Finals time! But it’s child labour that deserves a big kick

Tim Costello - The Punch

In their biggest week of the year, the AFL and NRL have had to respond to reports that they are using footballs stitched by Indian child labourers who are paid mere cents for the work. Child labour is a serious evil and needs to be combated everywhere. Not only are child labourers exploited economically, but their health and safety is often endangered, and they are deprived of the chance to get an education.


Same-sex marriage bill headed for defeat

Rosemary Bolger - Examiner

Tasmania's bid to become the first state to allow gay couples to tie the knot is all but over. Debate on same sex marriage was adjourned in the Legislative Council late last night, but early speakers confirmed predictions the bill would be narrowly defeated.

Key MLC to vote against same-sex marriage

Rosemary Bolger - Examiner

Apsley MLC Tania Rattray has confirmed she will vote against same-sex marriage, unconvinced the majority of Tasmanians support the change. Ms Rattray was one of four independent MLCs who had refused to declare their voting intentions prior to today and without her support, the legislation is doomed.

ACT Labor same-sex marriage policy on its way

Glen Fuller - Crikey

Just two days after same-sex marriage legislation failed in the Federal House of Representatives, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher revealed that an ACT Labor policy on same-sex marriage is on its way. When asked on Friday if Labor would be making a policy announcement on the issue, Minister Gallagher said, “we will, we’ve got 29 days to go and that’s 29 days to fill of policy and Andrew Barr has been one of the national leaders in this debate so we’d expect announcements around that yes.”


Greens want to raise more tax from wealthy

The Australian

Australian Greens leader Christine Milne has proposed increasing taxes on mining and the wealthy to raise an extra $13.2 billion over four years in a bid to better care for "people and nature". Senator Milne set out the Greens' economic strategy at the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday.

Joyce withdraws from lower house bid

The Age

High-profile National Barnaby Joyce's bid to move to the House of Representatives at the coming election, to position himself for the party leadership in the future, has been stymied.

Why does Australia want a UNSC seat?

Andy Park - SBS

Who are we competing against, how does it work and most importantly, why is Prime Minister Julia Gillard bidding for a UN Security Council seat?

Speaker Peter Slipper in travelling shoes

Anna Caldwell and Steven Scott - The Daily Telegraph

It's been 189 days since he last set foot in parliament but stood-aside speaker Peter Slipper has pocketed $173,000 for entertaining dignitaries and visiting four foreign lands.

Boswell exits with honour intact

Barnaby Joyce - Canberra Times

Spending 30 years in politics means that you will be buffeted by the pressures and fads that try to pull you from your moorings. Boswell's first speech 30 years ago reads like something he could have said yesterday. You may not agree with him, but you knew why he was in politics and he had his fair share of wins for the causes he believed in. Ultimately, that's the greatest accolade any politician can earn.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

'Jesus not allowed': Anti-faith sentiment sweeps US

Paul Strand - CBN News Washington

Could you imagine going to jail for your faith? A recent report warns that it could happen. CBN News investigated the growing wave of hostility to Christianity in America that's led to hundreds of court cases.

Sexualisation of Society

Parents talk: Sexualized by swimwear?

Jody Gifford - AnKeyPatch

Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley is being criticized for a line of swimwear she's created for girls 13 and under. Hurley, designing for Elizabeth Hurley Beach, says her creations are inspired by "sunny places" but many parents, along with a child protection agency in the United Kingdom, are saying the designs are anything but "sunny." They're saying they're downright inappropriate.


Opinion: Stop calling criticism of Islam ‘Islamophobia’

Jackson Doughart and Faisal Saeed al-Mutar - National Post

The English language needs a moratorium on the word Islamophobia, a term often used to describe bigotry against Muslims. Unfortunately, it is also used reflexively to denounce critics of Islam, who contribute to a valuable and ongoing debate concerning the relationship between the West and the worldwide Islamic community.