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.



Not marching for baby fish

Dan Flynn - Online Opinion

Thousands of Victorians marched through Melbourne's CBD on Saturday. Why ? Who needs their protection ? This month snapper commence their annual migration into Port Philip Bay. These fish are highly prized by recreational anglers and in accordance with sustainable fisheries priorities Fisheries Officers will enforce size limits to protect juvenile fish.

Drugs & Alcohol

Ambo theft prompts total recall

Josh Gordon - The Age

Ambulance Victoria insiders have been systematically siphoning off a powerful and highly addictive liquid pain killer and replacing it with water to avoid detection, prompting a state-wide investigation. Ambulance Victoria is reeling after discovering a large amount of Fentanyl — a high potency opiate pain killer that is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine — is missing.


Victorians lose $15 million a day having a bet

Christopher Gillett - Herald Sun

Victorians are gambling away $15 million a day - or $625,000 every hour - and suffering record losses. More than $5.4 billion was lost last financial year - $1.5 billion at Crown casino alone.


Jobs for the mentally ill – role to be expanded

Brian Davies - Catholic Weekly

CatholicCare’s program that includes finding jobs for people with mental health problems is expanding that role in suburban Sydney, given that in the last two years it has placed 190 people with mental illness in jobs in Bankstown, Fairfield, Liver­pool and Sutherland. The Disability Employ-ment Services Provider is Direct Employment, a division of CatholicCare which launched the program two years ago, contracted and funded by the Common-wealth Government, to help people with disabilities of any sort to find employment

Homelessness & Poverty

Christians unite against corruption

Christian Today

Churches have united in London for the historic launch of a global Christian response to corruption. EXPOSED is being led by Christian organisations including Micah Challenge, The Salvation Army, Bible Society and the World Evangelical Alliance. It is the first time that so many Christian organisations have united to stand against corruption. The campaign aims to shine a light on corruption, which they warn is a major contributing factor to global poverty.

Community groups highlight poverty problem


The Young Women's Christian Association is among eight community organisations collaborating to highlight the issue of poverty in the ACT this week. A report by the Australian Council of Social Service has revealed one in eight Australians are struggling to make ends meet. The report did not provide specific data for the ACT or the Northern Territory.


McKim 'chucking a tantrum'

Matt Smith - The Mercury

The Tasmanian Liberals have accused Greens Leader Nick McKim of throwing a tantrum because same-sex marriage laws failed to pass the Upper House last month. Liberal Pembroke MLC Vanessa Goodwin today said Mr McKim was attacking the Legislative Council on behalf of the Greens "because they didn't get their own way on same-sex marriage".

Roxon silent on same-sex marriage states

David Beniuk - AAP

Tasmania is getting no hints from federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon as its upper house considers an investigation into whether a state-based same-sex marriage law would be constitutional. Most of the Legislative Council members (MLCs) who voted against Tasmania's bill last month cited legal issues as their primary concern.

Australian people win on marriage

Peter Westmore - News Weekly

Since Australia was established as a nation over a century ago, marriage in Australian law has been understood as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. In 1901, at the time of Federation, this was the common understanding throughout the Western world.

SA Liberal senator Cory Bernardi won't back away from comments linking gay marriage to bestiality

Mark Kenny - The Advertiser

Liberal firebrand Cory Bernardi has reaffirmed his controversial comment linking gay marriage to bestiality, branding the political and media reaction as "hysteria". But in an exclusive interview, his first since travelling to Britain after being sacked as Tony Abbott's parliamentary secretary a month ago, the South Australian senator accepted he had put his leader in a difficult position.


Christians won’t vote for atheist leaders: research

Grant Power - Crikey

Tony Abbott is a Christian. Did you know that? Perhaps it slipped your notice when he condemned boat people as “un-Christian” for using the back door, or when he told the Australian Christian Lobby that “our civilisation is inconceivable without the influence of Christian faith”, or insisted that Bible classes in schools should be compulsory.

ALP rocked by new Craig Thomson cash for sex claims

Steve Lewis and Andrew Clennell - The Daily Telegraph

Suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson says civil charges by Fair Work Australia will be 'thrown out' amid new claims he spent another $2000 on prostitutes. The suspended Labor MP turned independent faces fines of up to $450,000 and compensation payments after the workplace watchdog filed civil charges in the Federal Court yesterday. The charges broaden existing claims Mr Thomson spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of union funds on prostitutes and other personal expenses while national secretary of the Health Services Union.


Blood flows in biblical opera


Opera Australia has reworked the bloody story of Salome and John the Baptist to explore how the character of Salome is victimised as a male plaything before resorting to violence.

Salesian report to sex probe queried

Barney Zwartz - The Age

The Catholic Church has seriously misrepresented Sydney University law professor Patrick Parkinson, who conducted an independent inquiry into how the Salesian order sent three sex offenders overseas, the child protection expert said yesterday. In its submission to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into how the churches handled sex abuse, the church says Professor Parkinson began his investigation without the knowledge of the Salesians of Don Bosco - which the professor says is utterly false.