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.



Dutch abortion ship heads for Morocco


A Dutch "abortion boat" has set sail for Morocco, its first trip to a Muslim country, to provide abortions to women who are exposed to grave health risks if treated domestically. "The ship is on its way. We can't yet disclose the place and time of arrival ... We expect it to stay for up to a week." Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of the Dutch non-profit organisation Women on Waves, told AFP on Monday.


Navigating the maze of TV, computers and social media is not impossible for parents

Heather Kennett - Adelaide Now

Children today spend more time with television, computers and video games than any other activity, except for sleeping. It's a sobering thought. Television, which once dominated children's media consumption habits, is now joined by computers, video game players, mobile phones and other connected electronic devices.

Facebook refuses to take down Meagher site

Yahoo news

Social media giant Facebook is refusing a police request to take down hate material posted in response to Jill Meagher's death. Victoria Police chief commissioner Ken Lay says police asked Facebook to take down a site over the weekend.

Drugs & Alcohol

Survey shows growing support for ban on alcohol until 21

Jordanna Schriever - The Advertiser

One in three people believe that the legal drinking age should be lifted from 18 to 21, a new survey has found. While 46.3 per cent of the 2685 respondents to the adelaidenow survey said 18 was the right age to drink legally, 37.1 per cent said the legal drinking age should be lifted to 21. Medical groups and experts said there was growing support and evidence for raising the legal drinking age.

Drugs behind learner-driver's roadblock crash, court told

Mark Russell - The Age

A speeding learner-driver, who police stopped by ordering motorists to use their cars as roadblocks, was high on the drug ice, a court heard today. Ashley Steel, 20, of Corio, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to six charges including reckless driving endangering life, driving under the influence of drugs and four counts of theft.


Marriage contracts: from prenups to planned obsolescence

Carolyn Moynihan - Mercator Net

A rumour that Hollywood couple Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, who are getting divorced after only five years of marriage (for Cruise, the latest marriage), had a “five year marriage contract” has prompted an article in the New York Times speculating on the usefulness of such contracts. After all, Mexico last year even had a go at legislating for them -- not that anyone would normally follow Mexico’s lead in anything, any more than Hollywood’s, if they knew what was good for them.

Overseas Aid

Ties with PNG too crucial to be neglected

Josh Frydenberg - The Australian

Julia Gillard was in New York last week on a much hyped UN Security Council campaign. Multilateralism is the dominant theme. But, closer to home, key bilateral relationships have been left to languish. While it is now well known that Indonesia, China and India have all been left off the Prime Minister's itinerary, there is another important country that receives scant attention. Papua New Guinea is our most immediate neighbour, one of great strategic importance.

Freed aid worker Alexandra Bean on way home from Libya

Gemma Jones - AAP

Australian aid worker Alexandra 'Pippi' Bean is on her way home from Libya after local authorities returned her passport. Ms Bean, 30, was stopped for questioning by Libyan authorities at Tripoli airport on Tuesday and her passport was seized after she refused to sign a statement written in Arabic.


Christine Milne's challenge is stark: develop mainstream policies or risk irrelevance

Katharine Murphy - SMH

Former Greens leader Bob Brown surfaced on television recently to talk about same-sex marriage. While he was up and about, he had another point to make. Some ''inner-city Greens need[ed] to take a good look at themselves'', Brown opined. We would not have seen this tartness about colleagues from a leader who took great pains to present as a benign prophet of aspiration throughout his tenure in the Federal Parliament. The dig was quite clearly deliberate and, by Brown standards, positively bitchy.

Tied in the lead for Moore seat

Josephine Tovey - SMH

A poll shows the Liberals and the independent candidate backed by Clover Moore are neck and neck to take over her seat in the coming byelection. The independent candidate Alex Greenwich, who commissioned the poll, and his Liberal opponent, Shayne Mallard, each polled 31 per cent of the primary vote. The Greens candidate Chris Harris polled 25 per cent.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Ethnic Cleansing of Christians in the Sinai

Khaled Abu Toameh - Gatestone Institute

In events being ignored not only by the Egyptian authorities, but also by the mainstream media and human rights organizations in the West, Muslim terrorists have in recent weeks attacked Christian families and forced them out of their homes and businesses in the Sinai town of Rafah. The terrorists have threatened to pursue their jihad against Christians until all of them leave the Sinai.

Deadly Kenya grenade attack hits children in church


One child has been killed and three seriously hurt, police say, in a grenade attack on a church's Sunday school in the Kenya capital, Nairobi. The attacker targeted St Polycarp's church on Juja Road. A police spokesman blamed sympathisers of Somalia's al-Shabab Islamist militant group, angry over Kenya's role in the UN-backed intervention force.


Afghan's warning: Nauru no deterrent

Paul Maley - The Australian

Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia, Nasir Andisha, has predicted that the revival of offshore processing on Nauru and Manus Island will do nothing to deter the thousands of asylum-seekers already in Indonesia from journeying to Australia.

Nauru’s tent city too modest for fussy asylum seekers

Malcolm Farr - The Punch

The fussy asylum seekers from Sri Lanka—one look at Nauru and they are off back home—have raised serious questions for the Federal Government on who is a genuine refugee. The voluntary returnees risk tainting the asylum seeker debate against those who really are trying to escape death and harassment based on their ethnic, political or religious backgrounds.

Sexualisation of Society

Muirhead jailed for 10 months

David Kilick - The Mercury

Former ABC radio and television presenter Andy Muirhead has been sentenced to a total of 10 months jail for downloading thousands of child pornography images from the internet. Muirhead, 36, pleaded guilty to accessing and possessing child exploitation material.

Not the man to lead the Jill Meagher march, in my opinion

Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in inner Melbourne to mourn Jill Meagher, grieving her horrific death, and urging harmony and an end to violence in the community. Local resident Philip Werner, who organised the march, led the procession. But that’s Philip Werner, as in the professional photographer of whose many bondage pictures, several quite graphic, I dare show only the most “demure”.


Gays embrace Kennett's change

Jill Stark - SMH

BeyondBlue will sponsor the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with organisers inviting the national depression agency's chairman Jeff Kennett to march in the parade. It's the first time the mental health organisation has teamed up with the 18-day gay pride celebration, which includes drag queen races and a parade with lavish floats.

US state bans 'therapy' for gays

Erik Eckholm - SMH

California has become the first US state to ban controversial and disputed ''ex-gay'' therapies for minors, a step hailed by gay rights groups that say the therapies are unscientific and a cause of emotional harm to gay and lesbian teenagers.