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.



Spend money on child care, counselling – not abortion

The Catholic Weekly

If the death of her baby and the consequent emotional and often physical problems for the mother is the best option we can provide for women in a crisis pregnancy, then we are failing badly, says Paul Hanrahan, executive director of Family Life International, Australia’s largest Catholic pro-life organisation.

Children & Family

Gap widening between rich and poor: report

Nathan Paul - AAP

The gap between the haves and have-nots in Australia is widening, a new federal government report indicates. And once people find themselves on the wrong side of the ledger, it is harder for them to break the cycle. The latest Social Inclusion in Australia report, released in the Ipswich suburb of Goodna on Wednesday, indicates income inequality has risen sharply since the mid-1990s.

Families and carers detail costs of enabling the disabled

Emily Bourke - ABC

While trials are set to begin next year, the bickering at state and federal levels over how to pay for the Federal Government's National Disability Insurance Scheme is continuing. And as they wait for the scheme to begin, carers still face a demoralising battle with government departments as they try to get access to quality services and support.

Children in poverty: their stories


Extracts from the study: Some households struggled with daily necessities like food, and some children did not attend school when there was no food: "My mum struggles, she gets paid on Thursdays but struggles on the Wednesday. Me and my brother if there is no food for school, we don't go to school at all. She has never sent us to school with no food." (Billie, female, 15 years, NSW).


Teenage gamer collapses after fourth day of "Modern Warfare" marathon

Daily Telegraph

For four days a US teenager stayed shut in his bedroom, engrossed in his Xbox game. Then he collapsed. WBNS-TV reports that fifteen-year-old Columbus teen Tyler Rigsby collapsed and was taken to hospital on Tuesday after becoming severely dehydrated. His mother says he emerged from his bedroom during the four days only to pick up snacks or take a quick shower. The boy was so engrossed in playing shoot-em-up "Modern Warfare 3" on Xbox that he made himself sick.

Drugs & Alcohol

Concern over school's decision to drug test students

David Lewis - ABC

Civil libertarians and health experts have raised concerns over an elite Queensland private school's decision to randomly drug test its students. The Southport School (TSS) on the Gold Coast has written to parents advising them of the new policy, aimed at eliminating weekend drug use. There are roughly 880 secondary students at TSS and all of them have a unique identification number.


Facebook slammed for gambling game that allows visitors to win up to £50,000 of real money

Mark Prigg - Daily Mail

Facebook has been accused of being a ‘front for gambling’ after it launched a bingo game that allows users to risk thousands to win jackpots in excess of £50,000. Users of Bingo Friendzy must stake a minimum of £10 on the virtual bingo machine – the site’s first ‘real money’ game – which was launched on the social networking site yesterday.

High roller bounces $5m cheque at The Star casino

Vanda Carson - The Daily Telegraph

The Star Casino has been the victim of a millionaire Thai gambler who bounced a $5 million cheque in April last year. Thai developer Nattachai Srirungsukpinij has been ordered to pay $5.5 million to The Star but has so far failed to come up with the dough. He is the largest of a group of ten “whales” - as big gamblers are known in the industry – who bounced cheques but gambled anyway.


Adelaide program teaching homeless people first aid goes national

Brett Williamson - ABC

A program developed by the Australian Red Cross Adelaide branch to teach homeless people how to administer first aid has proved so successful that it has been adopted across the country. The 'Streetwise First Aid' program was co-partnered by the Adelaide City Council, a move that Lord May Stephen Yarwood said the Council was proud to be associated with the local project.


'Facebook should ban racist page about Aborigines', Stephen Conroy says

Daily Telegraph

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says Facebook is not immune from Australian law and should have removed a racist page that portrayed Aborigines as drunks and addicts. The creator removed content from the Aboriginal Memes Facebook page following a barrage of complaints to Facebook, the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Australian Human Rights Commission. The page portrayed Aborigines as drunks who sniff petrol and bludge on welfare. But Mr Conroy says Facebook itself should have acted to shut down the site.

Facebook won't remove abuse page targeting Aborigines

Michelle Ainsworth - Herald Sun

Facebook is continuing to defy petitions to remove an Australian "fan page" dedicated to stereotyping Aborigines as hopeless drunks. The page, which has more than 4000 "likes", posts pictures of indigenous people with captions that some Facebook users say are offensive and, in some cases, hate speech, The Australian reports. "How do you kill 1000 flies at once? Slap me in the face," reads one of the photo captions.


Tasmanian Labor breaks election commitment but Liberals keep theirs in gay marriage debate

Christian Today – Australia

The Australian Christian Lobby has applauded the Tasmanian Liberals for keeping its election commitment to keep marriage between a man and a woman in it’s commitment to vote against potential state legislation on gay marriage.

Also video here: Make it Count – Tasmanian 2010 state election – Marriage

10 reasons to stay together

Barton Goldsmith - SMH

Don't give up on your relationship - it makes you a better person, writes Dr Barton Goldsmith. Keep it together ... turning your relationship around is probably easier than you think. We all want reasons for the things we do and don't do. When it comes to love, however, what we do is seldom reasonable. Here are some good reasons to be in a relationship and ways to keep yours on track.

Croome aims to change Libs' vote decision

Loretta Johnson - The Examiner

Gay and lesbian rights activist Rodney Croome is hoping to convince Opposition Leader Will Hodgman to change his mind and offer Liberal MPs a conscience vote on legalising same-sex marriage. Mr Croome said that he had sought a meeting with Mr Hodgman.


Angry steps into already heated Coalition dispute over NSW seats

Phillip Coorey - Sydney Morning Herald

The former rocker Angry Anderson says he is interested in seeking Nationals preselection for the Liberal-held seat of Gilmore as the tit-for-tat dispute between the Coalition parties over NSW seats escalates. Mr Anderson, the former frontman of Rose Tattoo, has the backing of the NSW Nationals, including Senator John Williams. ''I would suggest that Angry Anderson should run for the Nationals in Gilmore,'' Senator Williams told the Herald. ''What's more, he would win it.''

Barnaby Joyce preselection bid has deputy PM aim

Matthew Franklin – The Australian

Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce will seek preselection for the House of Representatives seat of Maranoa in a bid to position himself for future leadership of his party and the office of deputy prime minister in a Coalition government. But Senator Joyce might have to take on veteran incumbent Bruce Scott, 68, who continues to resist pressure from some sections of Queensland's Liberal National Party to retire at the next election, due in the second half of next year.

NSW Young Labor launches queer network

Serkan Ozturk - Gay Network News

The NSW Labor Party’s youth wing will now feature a Queer Network to help provide a voice for young people within the party to discuss issues relating to the LGBTIQ community. The NSW Young Labor Queer Network was launched on Saturday, August 4 as part of the NSW Young Labor annual conference held in Sydney last weekend.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex worker case alarms hotel industry


A sex worker's discrimination win against a Queensland motel has the accommodation industry alarmed. The Accommodation Association of Australia is worried the ruling robs hotel and motel owners of the right to refuse guests who might disturb others. The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled the owners of a motel in the mining town of Moranbah breached the Anti-discrimination Act for denying the sex worker a room.


Indonesia angry by asylum seeker laws

Sky News

Australia's policy deadlock on asylum seekers has become a major source of frustration in Indonesia with a senior politician saying there must be a 'strict and clear' deterrent against people smuggling. With asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia in record numbers, Indonesia's resources are also being stretched as police and immigration authorities deal with an increase in refugees transiting through the archipelago. While about 7000 asylum seekers have arrived in Australia this year, another 6000 registered refugees are waiting in Indonesia.

Sexualisation of Society

Fifty Shades of Grey is UK's biggest selling book after publisher says 5.3million copies have been sold

Liz Thomas - Daily Mail

And just four months after its publication in book form, Fifty Shades of Grey is outselling Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, say experts. EL James’s erotic novel, released as an e-book last June and in book form in April, has sold 5.3million print and digital copies, according to publishers Random House. The other books in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, have sold 3.6million and 3.2million copies.


STDs rife in Mt Isa

Stephen Smiley - ABC

Health workers in Queensland's north-west say they're still struggling to cope with an outbreak of a sexually transmissible infection, that's more commonly associated with sub-Saharan Africa. Queensland Health says in the past 18 months, there've been three cases of congenital syphilis and two foetal deaths as a result of the disease all in the Mt Isa region. All told, the department's received notification of 146 syphilis cases.