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.



Anti-abortion flyer may breach privacy

Tammy Mills - The Border Mail

An anti-abortion flyer printed on the back of old letters containing personal information and dropped into Albury letterboxes could be in breach of privacy laws. Businesses on Englehardt Street who are used to protecting their client’s privacy received the flyers in their letterboxes last Thursday and Friday and raised the alarm.

Children & Family

Same-sex parents raising healthier kids

Vince Chadwick - The Canberra Times

Children of same-sex parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population on a number of key health indicators. That is the initial finding from the world's largest study on the children of same-sex parents, under way at Melbourne University. The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on 500 children nationwide, up to the age of 17. Of the 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents who completed the globally-recognised Child Health Questionnaire, 80 per cent were women.


Google bans porn apps on glass

Adario Strange - PC Mag

Since its debut, Google Glass has sparked curiosity, and a bit of controversy. Although many early adopters are fascinated by the cloud-computing possibilities of Glass, others are concerned that the device could erode personal privacy via its ever-present camera. Now, another concern has cropped up that wasn't entirely unexpected: the prospect of using Glass to record porn videos.

Drugs & Alcohol

Born a heroin addict

Illawrra Mercury

Three young people tell how they were abused by the very people they trusted to protect them. Youth Off The Streets helped turn their lives around.


Are CFCs responsible for global warming?

Andrew Glikson - The Conversation

On Monday, a report appeared in the Australian claiming a link between chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) in the atmosphere and global warming. The report claimed “banned aerosols” and not carbon dioxide were “responsible for global warming since the 1970s”. It went on to claim global temperatures would fall as the concentration of CFC in the atmosphere declined.


Angry protesters disrupt lecture

Elle Farcic - The West Australian

Dozens of angry protesters drowned out an anti- voluntary euthanasia and gay marriage lecture last night by a controversial professor. The public lecture by Professor John Finnis, of the University College, Oxford, was hosted by the University of Notre Dame's Fremantle campus. Protesters from Equal Love WA gathered at the Tannock Hall of Education, forcing staff to lock the front door and usher people through a side entrance.


Casino did not exploit man who spent $1.5b, rules High Court

Heath Aston - SMH

Punters have no one to blame but themselves after the High Court found Crown Casino was not responsible for the losses of a gambling addict who churned through $1.5 billion in bets in a little over a year.

Tasmanian MP Scott Bacon agrees to visit grave of problem gambler


Tasmania's Finance Minister has agreed to visit the grave of a problem gambler. The agreement came during a clash over gaming policy during a budget estimates hearing. The Greens want gaming machines removed from low socio-economic areas around the state.


Beyond Blue launches Man Therapy ad campaign to tackle male suicide


Non-profit organisation Beyond Blue has launched a multi-million-dollar campaign to treat the high rate of male suicide around the nation. The federally funded Man Therapy campaign encourages men to take charge of their mental health. It features fictional "man's man" Dr Brian Ironwood as the campaign's humorous spokesman for advertisements on TV, radio and online.

Homelessness & Poverty

Definition of homeless widened


The federal government is widening its definition of homelessness. Housing and Homelessness Minister Mark Butler said on Wednesday that people staying in crisis accommodation should be regarded as homeless. The new definition stipulated that safety must be recognised as a vital element in how people lived. Some people may be homeless because they have no safe place to live even if they have a usual address.

Homelessness report: fall in rough sleepers but overall number of homeless rises

Naomi Woodley - ABC

Welfare groups says a new report that shows homelessness is growing in Australia must prompt all governments to work harder towards establishing a new national funding agreement to tackle the problem.


Marriage under attack by homosexual couple legislation

Paul Dobbyn - Catholic Leader

Legislation to permit same-sex marriage would have far-reaching effects on the fundamental institution of society that is marriage, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane has warned. The warning came after recent expressions of support for same-sex marriage by various political figures including Federal Labor MP Kevin Rudd and Queensland Liberal backbencher Wyatt Roy.

Marriage sign has gone viral: designer

Jonathan Mallison - The Advocate

Another sign promoting traditional marriage has appeared on the North-West Coast, this time at Wynyard. It uses the same symbols as the sign that was vandalised at Camdale several months ago before it was removed by its designer, Cam River Signs owner Graham Hodge. "Since the Camdale sign was erected and allowed to remain for two days before it was vandalised, the actual design, I am happy to say, has gone viral," Mr Hodge said.


Ex-Labor pollster tips 'epic disaster'

Michael Gordon - The Age

For more than two years, Rod Cameron's pessimism about Labor's prospects has been a strictly private affair. Although he dubbed Tony Abbott unelectable, the former ALP pollster remained circumspect on the challenge facing the party he served in more than 50, mostly winning, state and federal campaigns. ''I didn't want to throw any curve balls in while there was a prospect that the party would do what I thought it would do - and that's just act out of self-interest,'' Mr Cameron explains. Now, ''more in sorrow than anything'', he is predicting an epic Labor disaster.

Did hipster tech really save the Obama campaign?

Jonathan Alter - Wired

Obama field organizers (OFA), armed with the fruits of Big Data, could bring a presidential campaign to the front porch as never before. OFA’s aim was to use algorithms to enhance the human (and thus more persuasive) part of politics: face-to-face, friend-to-friend, or at least Facebook friend-to-Facebook friend. The idea was that everything the geeks did should be a ‘force multiplier’. By 2011 the technology of the 2008 campaign was long obsolete.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex workers rally at Parliament House to decriminalise prostitution

Lauren Novak - Adelaide Now

An alliance of sex workers are lobbying state MPs to support a legal bid to decriminalise prostitution. Labor MP Steph Key has introduced a Bill to State Parliament which would decriminalise all forms of sex work for people aged over 18, make it illegal to discriminate against a sex worker and wipe clean past convictions.


Haven of hope war-torn refugees

Matt Carr - Illawarra Mercury

Ten orphaned refugees from African countries ravaged by war and poverty could find a new home in the Hunter, NSW, if the hopes of refugee advocate Sister Diana Santleben are realised. Sister Santleben, from Penola House, has begun a fund-raising drive to raise the estimated $5000 a child needed to deliver the orphans – from two families – to Newcastle.


The Catholic Church and paedophilia: Learning from failures

Nicholas Tonti-Filippini - ABC Religion and Ethics

The current clerical paedophilia crisis affecting the Catholic Church in Australia is a surprise only in that it seems to have taken so long for the extent and gravity of events to have become public knowledge.

Thirty-four Diggers sent home from Middle East in disgrace

Alex White - Herald Sun

Disgraced Australian Diggers have been ordered home for drinking on duty in the Middle East, disobeying orders and becoming pregnant overseas. More than 34 Australian Defence Force personnel have been sent home since January 2011. The ADF hierarchy has refused to reveal the specific cases but has admitted that "the majority of disciplinary return-to-Australia incidents occurred from within the Middle East Area of Operations".