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.


Children & Family

Why the table's tops for families

Simon Wilkinson-

Overtime, sport, dance, play-date, homework, iPad, cooking, shower, Home and Away, shower, teeth, bed ... Jamie Oliver's new batch of recipes are supposed to take only 15 minutes but, in the blur of the weeknight mayhem, eating seems to be allocated only five minutes. And that time is often interrupted or shared with other activities to keep the wheels turning. It's all enough to give you a bad case of indigestion. Seriously.


Backdown on internet filter plan

Michelle Grattan - The Age

The government has finally backed down on its plan for a controversial mandatory internet filter, and will instead rely on major service providers to block ''the worst of the worst'' child abuse sites. The Christian lobby says children as young as 11 are regularly accessing porn online. Research had also found that 84 per cent of boys and 60 per cent of girls had been exposed to internet sex sites accidentally.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

New bub on way for Elton John and David Furnish

Amy Harris and Joel Christie - The Daily Telegraph

There's another tiny dancer on the way for the Elton John? The pop-rock god arrived in Australia at the weekend on the back of news that he and long-time partner David Furnish are expecting their second child. The 65-year-old - who kicks off a five-date tour around the country tonight in Perth - and Furnish are said to be using the same surrogate who gave birth to their son Zachary almost two years ago.

Drugs & Alcohol

Binge drinking in young people attracted to more than one gender

Health Canal

A report by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that many young people attracted to more than one gender tend to binge drink because they feel stigmatised and socially excluded. Lead author, Frank Pega, from the University's Department of Public Health and the Harvard School of Public Health, says that a minority of young people who are attracted to more than one gender binge drink. However, binge drinking is higher in this social group than in other sexual minority and heterosexual young people.


Homeless figures a blow to Kevin Rudd's plan

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The number of homeless people in Australia is on the rise, despite Labor's 2008 plan to halve homelessness by 2020. According to the 2011 Census, the rate of homelessness in Australia was 49 persons for every 10,000 persons, up 8 per cent from 45 persons in 2006.

Homelessness soars in Canberra

Kathleen Dyett - ABC

In the ACT, the homeless rate has soared 70 per cent in the past five years and is now the second highest in the country. According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, there are 105,237 homeless people nationally, up from 89,728 in 2006.


'Determined' Aboriginal campaigner Isabel Coe dies

Lindy Kerin - ABC

Australians are today mourning the death of one the country's most prominent Indigenous leaders, Isabel Coe. For decades, Ms Coe played a key role in the campaign for Indigenous sovereignty and was instrumental in keeping the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra going.


Forget the big wedding - let's elope

Sandy Smith - Brisbane Times

Lorraine Murphy and Wade Tink chose to tie the knot in Bondi, thousands of miles from family in the UK and Ireland. Lorraine Murphy admits the idea of a big wedding had never really appealed to her. Instead, she and her new husband Wade Tink felt they wanted “a day that was just about us, our closest family members and our vows to each other” so, November 2, they eloped and got married on the doorstep in Sydney where they first met three years ago. “It was amazing,” says Murphy. “Everything went so perfectly and was ten times better than I even hoped it would be. We would absolutely recommend it.”


Labor suspends Obeid over 'shocking' allegations

Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

The former Labor powerbroker, Eddie Obeid, has been suspended from the party tonight following allegations aired during a corruption hearing that have been described as "shocking" by the NSW opposition leader, John Robertson. Mr Robertson moved to have Mr Obeid’s membership suspended this afternoon. The request was acted upon at an extraordinary meeting of Labor party officers at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Gunmen kill five Christians in Nigeria


Gunmen have shot dead five Christian residents of a town in a restive northeastern Nigerian region previously hit by deadly Islamist attacks, the police say. The gunmen stormed the home of five Christian ethnic Igbos from eastern Nigeria in Gaidam town late on Saturday and shot them dead before fleeing, state police commissioner Patrick Egbuniwe said.

Sexualisation of Society

Cross’em off your Xmas list

Collective Shout

You’re about to be bombarded. Bombarded with junk mail, TV, radio and outdoor advertising all competing for your Christmas dollar. Before you purchase gifts for your friends and loved ones, lets remember those brands that have excelled in sexploitation this year, the brands and companies that do not deserve your hard earned money.


Julia Gillard announces royal commission will probe child sex abuse


Julia Gillard has agreed to a royal commission into institutional responses to allegations of child sex abuse in Australia. The Prime Minister said the terms of reference for the royal commission would be worked on in coming weeks, before the persons to lead the inquiry were appointed. “I want to get this right,” Ms Gillard said in Canberra.

Nile claims major parties 'nervous' of abuse inquiry

Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

The leader of the Christian Democratic Party in NSW, the Reverend Fred Nile, has accused the major parties of being "nervous" about pursuing a wide-ranging inquiry into child sexual abuse because it might uncover abuse by one of their own. Reverend Nile said he was puzzled by the announcement by the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, of a special commission of inquiry into allegations of interference in police investigations of alleged paedophile priests in the Hunter region. "I find it puzzling why it was so restricted to the Hunter when there's reports outside of that area," he said.

Cardinal Pell welcomes Royal Commission


Australia's most senior Catholic believes the royal commission announced on Monday will uncover the truth about the child sex abuse scandal. Cardinal George Pell, who has previously said he believes his church has been unfairly targeted due to "anti-Catholic prejudice", said he hoped the new investigation would clear the air. "Public opinion remains unconvinced that the Catholic church has dealt adequately with sexual abuse," he said in a statement on Monday night.