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.



The deadly silence

Babette Francis - On Line Opinion

October has been the National Breast Cancer Awareness month in the U.S. Since 1985, major breast cancer charities run events to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its causes, diagnosis, early detection, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.


New campaign to protect children from sex on TV

Christian Today

A campaign has been launched in Wales today to stop unsuitable TV and radio programmes from being aired pre-watershed. Parents are being asked to send bilingual postcards to the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to complain about sexualised content and swearing on television and radio programmes that young children watch or listen to. The effort is being led by the Welsh branch of the Mothers' Union and is part of the charity's UK-wide Bye Buy Childhood highlighting the sexualisation of children.

Parents opting out of Facebook posts of their kids

Lucy Kippist -

Our grandparents had brag books, flimsy little photo albums they could fold up, tuck into the handbag and whip out at opportune moments. Now, it’s all about posting photos on Facebook while parents and grandparents pass around the iPad. Yet for most parents, making the decision to post photos of their kids on Facebook has become a contentious issue.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Gay sperm donor must pay out for daughters he barely knows

Ben Spencer - Daily Mail

Mark Langridge didn’t want children, but his lesbian friends did – so he agreed to donate his sperm. Now his ‘act of kindness’ has come back to haunt him 13 years later, after he received a letter demanding child support payments. Mr Langridge has not spoken to the family he helped create since 2004.

Drugs & Alcohol

Plain packaging for cigarettes is just plain nightmare for stores

Nikita McInnes - Canberra Times

ACT shop owners say the rollout of plain-package cigarettes is shaping as a "logistical nightmare", but many doubt the federal government-imposed regulations will affect cigarette company profits. The new packets have appeared in Canberra supermarkets after the manufacturing of the previous packaging stopped at factories belonging to British American Tobacco in Sydney and Phillip Morris in Melbourne this month. However, while manufacturing has stopped, stores can legally sell the old packets until December 1.

Greens drive needle exchange: AMA

Peter Jean - The Canberra Times

The Greens should use their kingmaker status in the Legislative Assembly to lobby for a needle and syringe exchange in Canberra's prison, according to the Australian Medical Association. AMA ACT branch president Andrew Miller said the most significant health policy issue that Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury could raise during his negotiations with Labor and the Liberals over who would form the next government was the proposed needle exchange at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. ''We have an undertaking from the government but I detect that they could get wobbly on it,'' Dr Miller said.


Education will boost Asia links: Swan


Education, personal links and flexible leadership will boost relationships between Australian and Asia, Treasurer Wayne Swan says. Mr Swan will tell a delegation of China's up and coming leaders in Canberra today that Australia's Asian century white paper is a major planning document that lays down an "ambitious roadmap" for the nation's engagement with Asia over the coming decade and beyond.


Fallout as forest peace talks collapse

Sarah Gillman - ABC

Environmentalists and forestry industry groups say federal and state political leaders must step in to prevent any escalated conflict over the future of Tasmania's forests. After more than two years of round-table negotiations, parties to the Intergovernmental Agreement on Forestry announced at the weekend they could not reach an agreement aimed at ending three decades of dispute.

Challenge against West Coast mine begins


New Zealand environmentalists have taken an Australian mining company to court in a bid to stop it operating an open-cast mine on the West Coast's Denniston Plateau. Environmental group Forest & Bird are appealing against building consent for the mine, which was granted to Perth-based listed miner Bathurst Resources earlier this year. The hearing started on Monday at Christchurch's Environment Court.


Revealed: gambling threat as premier rolls dice over Packer

Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald

Almost one in eight gamblers in NSW is at some risk of problem gambling, according to the largest survey ever conducted into the issue for the state government. As the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, contemplates issuing a second casino licence to James Packer at Barangaroo, the survey, commissioned by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, found that 65 per cent of adults in the state had gambled at least once in the past year.

UBS banker behind $2.3bn loss denies being rogue trader


A UBS banker accused of gambling away $US2.3 billion (1.78 billion euros) told a London court on Monday he did not believe he was a rogue trader. Kweku Adoboli, 32, told Southwark Crown Court that if what he was doing amounted to gambling, then so did the entire investment banking industry.

Homelessness & Poverty

Vinnies urges govts to focus on housing crisis

Damir Govorcin - Catholic Weekly

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW has urged governments at Federal and State level to take a serious look at the housing crisis, including taxation reform and adequate investment in public and community housing. Social welfare advocates are bracing for a dramatic cut in homelessness services if the Queensland and NSW governments reduce their commitment to the national partnership agreement, which expires on 30 June next year, reported the Australian.


Sham marriages a money-spinner for police officer, commission told

Rachel Olding - SMH

A NSW police officer and his de facto partner have been accused of staging sham marriages in Vietnam and collecting tens of thousands of dollars to deceive officials into sponsoring the immigration of their "spouses" to Australia. The court has also heard accusations that Senior Constable Hoan Thien Pham, also known as Ryan Pham, suggested staging a fake break and enter so he could take more than $100,000 from his brother-in-law.

A marriage breakdown is not just emotionally wrenching. Financially, it can be devastating.


Maree hasn't been to the hairdresser for the past five years. Her "new" clothes come from a friend who handily clears out her wardrobe every year. And when she recently bought her children new school shoes, they were moved to ask when was the last time she had bought shoes for herself.

Forrest pushes for new look at same-sex laws

Rosemary Bolger - The Examiner

Moves to set up a Tasmanian parliamentary committee to examine the constitutionality of state same-sex marriage laws have been slammed by MLCs who blocked Tasmania's bid to become the first state to legalise gay marriage. Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest remains determined to set up a committee, which she said would lead to a more "open and transparent" debate by the end of the year.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Facebook used to kidnap, traffic Indonesian girls

Associated Press

When a 14-year-old girl received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn’t know, she accepted it out of curiosity. It’s a click she will forever regret, leading to a brutal story that has repeated itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit Indonesia’s growing obsession with social media. The junior high student was quickly smitten by the man’s smooth online flattery. They exchanged phone numbers, and his attention increased with rapid-fire texts. He convinced her to meet in a mall, and she found him just as charming in person.


Labor set to strip asylum seeker rights

Sky News

The Federal Government is reportedly set to strip rights from asylum seekers who reach the Australian mainland by boat. According to The West Australian, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen intends to change the law to effectively excise the entire Australian continent from the migration zone for people arriving by boat.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Kaduna Catholic church hit in Nigeria suicide bomb attack

Dan Wooding - ASSIST

At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide bombing today, during Mass at a Catholic church in northern Nigeria, officials say. Bodies being loaded into an ambulance after the church attack An explosive-laden vehicle drove into St Rita’s Catholic Church which was packed with worshippers when the suicide bomber struck in the Malali area of Kaduna, Nigeria, and detonated its load, ripping a hole in the wall and roof.

Nigeria: Kaduna suicide bomb blast - 90 percent of victims are children

Geogre Agba - All Africa

Kaduna State was yesterday thrown into another round of pandemonium following a suicide bomb blast that rocked the Saint Rita's Catholic Church at Ungwa Yero in Malali, Kaduna North LGA. The church has a capacity to accommodate over 1,000 worshipers.

Sexualisation of Society

Australian filmmaker of Virgins Wanted could be charged with sex trafficiking

Daily Mail

The Australian director of a reality show in which a woman auctioned her virginity for $780,000 could be charged with sex trafficking. Brazilian student PE student Catarina Migliorini was the subject of 15 bids as part of a documentary film, Virgins Wanted, being made by Australian filmmaker Justin Sisely. The 20-year-old will be "delivered" to her buyer - a Japanese man known only as Natsu - on board a plane between Australia and the US, and be interviewed before and after.


Former witch turned Christian gives insight into Halloween, advice for parents

Alex Murashko - Christian Post

The Christian Post interviewed her for an article shortly after her book was released earlier this year. As Halloween approaches, and as the darker side of the holiday's history resurfaces every year, CP decided to take a closer look at the tradition from the perspective of someone who was once immersed for 10 years in witchcraft and the occult before fully accepting Jesus Christ into her life.