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.



LifeChoice club gains momentum

Roaie Lewis - The Australian

A controversial anti-abortion movement has spread to a second state less than a year after it was launched at a NSW university, sparking fears among the peak student union body that campuses are returning to a conservative "bygone era". LifeChoice, a student union-funded club that kicked off at the University of Sydney last June, aims to change people's perceptions of abortion and euthanasia at a grassroots level.

So what does an abortionist do with a baby which won’t die?

Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun

Two answers

Closing arguments in US abortion trial


The high-profile murder trial of an abortion provider has sparked courtroom debate over when life ends, a tweak of the politically charged question of when life begins. Dr Kermit Gosnell, 72, faces capital murder charges in the deaths of four aborted babies, described by prosecutors as viable, born alive and then killed at his busy Philadelphia clinic.

Drugs & Alcohol

Arrests made in illicit drugs bust


Police have arrested more than a dozen people in the ACT and southern New South Wales after an investigation into the supply of illegal drugs. Officers seized drugs, firearms and ammunition after a number of premises were searched on Tuesday morning. The arrests were the culmination of a nine-month investigation focussing on Queanbeyan, Cooma, Goulburn and parts of the ACT.

Calls for shatter-proof glassware at nightclubs after man left disfigured from glassing

Aleks Devic, Angus Thompson - Herald Sun

The disfiguring of a man who was glassed at his engagement party has prompted a call for shatter-proof glassware at large nightclubs. Melton West man Justin, who did not want his last name used, was celebrating his engagement with family and friends at a pub on April 20 when a patron, who had shoved his mother, glassed him. "It was a full beer, so I actually thought it was just beer until I looked down, and the blood was going everywhere," he said yesterday.


Gonski reforms and the meaning of 'disadvantaged'

Matt Noffs - SMH

When I was younger my grandfather Ted Noffs wrote me a note with some words of encouragement as I began work in the community. Part of his advice was about the role of politicians, which explains perhaps why I am, like him, cynical about politics. He shared the view of a friend who told him once: "Trust the poets, not the pollies, Ted." But as I watched Premier Barry O'Farrell accept Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Gonski deal, I found myself suspending my cynicism. It was an almost inspirational bipartisan move – for once, putting aside personal and party politics for the good of educating our youth.


Woman jailed for gambling away $7.8 million of employer's money

Emily Portelli -

A mother-of-two who claimed her multiple personalities meant she was not to blame for losing almost $8 million of her employer's money on online pokies has been jailed. Wendy Hope Jobson, 50, did not react as she was sentenced this morning to eight years' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of five years, in the Victorian Supreme Court.

The bookie, the Immortal, the jockey and the brothel owner embroiled in the John Singleton, Gai Waterhouse feud

Phil Rothfield and Ray Thomas - The Daily Telegraph

It was supposed to be just another Friday night game of NRL. Instead, it ignited a feud that has destroyed one of racing's tightest friendships. A throwaway line inside a corporate suite at the Souths-Manly blockbuster at Brookvale Oval last Friday night led to a series of phone calls that alerted owner John Singleton that all did not seem to be quite right with his champion horse More Joyous. It can be revealed that punter and brothel owner Eddie Hayson was in a corporate suite at the footy on Friday night.

Everywhere bookie unable to lie low in this scandal

Greg Baum - SMH

Of course, Tom Waterhouse must be allowed the presumption of innocence. But, and this is his own doing, he cannot be granted the blessing due divinely to the meek. Not only does he have a bumptious public image, he already has inherited the earth. Right now, this is his biggest problem. Racing is inherently inbred and nepotistic. This is inescapable about the horses, but true also of the people. Success begets success, which then is served by success. By Robbie Waterhouse, a Bill Waterhouse colt, out of Gai Smith, a TJ filly. It's impeccable lineage, even allowing for a rogue-ish gene.

Human Rights

The real story behind Melbourne University’s gender segregation case

Fiona Hill - The Conversation

The fallout from an event at the University of Melbourne where women and men were asked to sit separately has been intense. The media coverage so far has focused on the issue of segregated seating in a public space, with many using raw and emotive language to denounce the university and the Islamic community group involved. It’s clear that the university should be considering its role as a public institution and pay closer attention to communicating its guidelines for venue hire. But the university should be reproached for another reason.


Muslims join Christians on gay marriage referendum call

Heath Aston - SMH

Australia's Islamic community has joined Christian groups in calling for a referendum on same-sex marriage. The main Islamic organisation, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, has backed an election day poll on gay marriage – but also questioned the right of non-believers to cast a vote on the ''religious institution'' of marriage.

Labor, Libs baulk at call for vote on gay marriage

Joe Kelly - The Australian

Independent MP Tony Windsor's proposal to put same-sex marriage to a referendum has been dismissed by both sides of politics as well as by marriage equality advocates. Opponents of gay marriage emerged as the biggest supporters of the plan, with the Australian Christian Lobby and NSW Christian Democrats leader Fred Nile backing the proposal.

Same-sex reforms warning to Julia Gillard

Annabel Hepworth - The Australian

The nation's top lawyers have demanded the Gillard government revisit gay marriage, warning Labor's reforms will fail to deal with discrimination against same-sex couples unless the Marriage Act is radically changed. The Law Council of Australia has also backed proposals by the Attorney-General's Department that would require agencies and departments to allow people to identify themselves as M for male, F for female or X for "indeterminate/intersex/unspecified" when giving personal information.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Seedy streets of Perth still alive

Anne Gartner - Guardian Express

Drive through the streets of Highgate with two experienced police officers and evidence of street prostitution quickly becomes apparent. Perth Police Station officer-in-charge Noel Gartlan and Senior Sergeant Simon Hazell say sex workers have been in the area for years, with residents complaining about their behaviour. The pair agreed to take us out to see the issue from a police perspective.


Labor senators back appeals for refugees in limbo

Daniel Flitton - SMH

Labor is under pressure from within its own ranks to allow 55 refugees – locked in indefinite detention after ASIO branded them a threat – some avenue to appeal the secret assessments. The group of refugees with adverse findings by ASIO have been trapped for up to four years in immigration detention, unable to return home or travel to another country, yet denied a visa to live in Australia.

Sexualisation of Society

'I love sluts' baby clothing

Jerrie Demasi - SMH

'Sex instructor; first lesson free' is probably not a slogan that most mothers would select to dress their children in. Yet, for $21, this slogan is emblazoned across baby bodysuits that are available in Australia. No baby should wear a 'blow-job instructor' bodysuit, this is sickening. Website Cafe Press has close to 100 infants' clothing items, bibs and blankets baring overtly sexual and offensive slogans; including "horny", "sexpert", "classy ho", "wanted: one night stand" and "sl_t: all I need is u".


Urge Pentagon to scrub plan to court-martial Christians

Family Research Council

The very troops who defend our religious freedom are at risk of having their own taken away. Last week, anti-Christian and left-wing activists met at the Pentagon with military officials to discuss pressing issues in the military. What issues would be of such importance to gain such a high-level hearing? According to these far-left consultants, religion is one of the chief problems plaguing our troops. As the Washington Post reported, some are saying that "religious proselytizing" is at the top of the list of problems in the armed forces -- even on par with sexual assault.

Assaulted by gay activists, Belgium archbishop closes eyes and prays

Catholic Online

It's being called a most remarkable example of gentleness in the face of a vile attack. The leader of the Catholic Church in Belgium, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard kept his eyes closed in prayer as four topless lesbians attacked him with shouts and curses and doused him with water. In the minutes before the women could be forced off stage, Archbishop Leonard sat drenched with water, eyes closed in prayer.

In the war over Christianity, orthodoxy is winning

Mary Eberstadt - Time Ideas

Small wonder, given the harrowing times recently, that news about a long-running property fight over a picturesque church in northern Virginia escaped most people’s notice. But the story of the struggle over the historic Falls Church is nonetheless worth a closer look. It’s one more telling example of a little-acknowledged truth: though religious traditionalism may be losing today’s political and legal battles, it remains poised to win the wider war over what Christianity will look like tomorrow.