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

Forced Adoptions: Why an apology is not enough

Linda Mottram - ABC

Tens of thousands of victims of illegal but state-sanctioned forced adoptions are gradually hearing apologies from Australian governments. New South Wales' government will become the latest when the Premier Barry O'Farrell delivers an apology at a joint sitting of State Parliament planned within weeks. Activists and victims say it's a start but Lily Arthur says it won't be enough if it fails to meet a call from a recent Senate inquiry for apologies that formally acknowledge illegal or unethical practices.

I kept asking for my baby and they kept telling me 'no'

Josephine Tovey - SMH

Christine Cole was 16 when, heavily drugged and in agonising pain, her daughter was pulled from her body in a labour ward in Crown Street Women's Hospital. The teenage mother lay there, waiting to hear the new baby cry, and when she could not, tried to sit up and see whether the infant was OK.


Game publisher pulls real weapons promotion

James Manning - SMH

Electronic Arts has pulled a charity promotion that involved the sale of actual weapons featured in the first-person shooter game Medal of Honour. This year, the game publishing giant teamed up with weapons manufacturers to create Project Honor - a fund-raiser that aimed to "benefit the families of special operations warriors". As a part of the deal, arms makers had their weapons featured in the game and also produced merchandise that included actual weapons, the sale of which would benefit various war charities.

Man jailed for Facebook sex ratings comments


A central Victorian man who posted offensive personal comments about women on Facebook has been sentenced to four months in jail. David McRory, 22, of Bendigo pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to offend and publishing objectionable material online on Facebook.

Droga5 claims VB manages controversial Facebook page itself despite brand blaming agency


VB and its former agency Droga5 are locked in a blame game over who was responsible for managing the brand’s Facebook page which fell foul of the ad watchdog over sexist and homophobic comments. This week it was revealed that the Advertising Standards Board had ruled that brands are responsible for comments made by fans on a Facebook page.

Drugs & Alcohol

Man charged after child injured in clan lab blast

Graeme Powell - ABC

A 32-year-old man is set to become the first person in Western Australia to face a possible mandatory jail term for injuring a child while manufacturing drugs. The man and his four-year-old son suffered significant burns when an explosion caused major damage to their rental home in Bertram three weeks ago. Police alleged he had a drug lab set up in the bathroom of the home.


Bullying of autistic kids going unnoticed

David Lewis - ABC

Researchers say autistic children who are bullied at school often do not receive any help until the abuse becomes physical. A study of 50 autistic primary and secondary school students by Bond University on Queensland's Gold Coast has found 80 per cent of them have experienced bullying without their teachers knowing. Dr Vicki Bitsika from the Centre of Autism Spectrum Disorders says it often takes a long time for a child with autism to realise they are being mistreated.


Super trawler not the only fishy issue that stinks

Suzanne Pope - The Punch

The decision to allow the super trawler Margiris to fish in Australian waters has aroused a wave of opposition. A coalition of environment groups has taken out a full page ad in The Australian. A flotilla of over 200 boats sailed up the Derwent River in protest. A 35,000 signature petition opposing the trawler has been presented to Parliament, and in a recent reader poll in the Adelaide Advertiser, 92 per cent of respondents were opposed to the ship being allowed to fish in Australian waters. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has referred to issue to the Commonwealth Ombudsman.


Homeless survey finds fewer sleeping on streets

Leesha McKenny - SMH

There are fewer rough sleepers in inner Sydney than four years ago, preliminary figures from the City of Sydney's street count found. The biannual survey of the inner city's homeless conducted by 180 volunteers found 226 rough sleepers between the hours of 1am and 3am on Tuesday – the lowest figure since the count began in August 2008.

Human Rights

Christian lobby takes govt to task

Canberra Times

Christian lobby groups have attacked the ACT government's religious vilification bill, claiming the legislation will undermine freedom of speech and lead to drawn out legal battles. The Australian Christian Lobby and FamilyVoice Australia, a Christian ministry promoting ''family, faith and freedom'', say they want the bill shelved or abandoned.


Minister says 80% of Pacific New Zealanders oppose same sex marriage

Radio Australia

A Samoan church minister in Auckland estimates that around eighty per cent of the Pacific islanders in New Zealand are opposed to the idea of gay marriage. Reverend Tavale Mataia of the Word of Life Church in Grey Lynn says many of them are reluctant to say so in public, partly because they lack confidence to express themselves in English, but also because they fear being labelled bigots.

Support for church over stance on gay marriage


Christian leaders in Northern Ireland have backed the Catholic Church in Scotland, after it said plans to legalise gay marriage had “strained” its relations with the Scottish Government. The church opposes same-sex marriage, which the Scottish Government last month announced it plans to legalise.

Photog fined for refusing gays gets day in court


The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a Christian photographer who refused to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony for two women. The case began five years ago when Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography, refused to do the job because of her Christian beliefs. The state Human Rights Commission fined Hugenin's company nearly $7,000, saying the business was guilty of discrimination against "sexual orientation."


CLP looking strong in key NT seat

The Australian

An opinion poll shows the Country Liberal Party (CLP) could squeak to victory in Saturday's Northern Territory election, with a jump in support in a crucial seat. Polling for the NT News published on Monday shows the CLP holding 48 per cent of the primary vote in the seat of Johnston, where senior Labor MP Chris Burns is retiring, an increase of 6.1 per cent. Labor's primary vote in the seat has crashed, the poll indicates, to 34 per cent, down from 58.1 per cent.

Newman's poll slump as cuts polarise voters

Daniel Hurst - Brisbane Times

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has experienced a fall in support according to latest poll numbers. Nearly half of Queensland voters believe Premier Campbell Newman's cuts have gone too far, with support for the Liberal National Party plunging 12 percentage points since last month, a new opinion poll suggests.

Henderson tops Mills in crucial seats

NT News

Labor leader Paul Henderson is more popular than his CLP rival in key northern suburbs Darwin seats, despite polling indicating big swings to the opposition. Our polling suggests that, in Sanderson and Johnston, nearly half of all respondents said they thought the Labor leader would make a better chief minister.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

ACL calls on Australian government to pressure Pakistan on religious freedom

Ben Williams- International News

The Australian Christian Lobby is urging the Australian government to place pressure on Pakistan to change its outrageous blasphemy laws. The call comes with the news that an 11-year-old Christian Pakistani girl was arrested and now faces a possible death sentence after being accused of burning a Koran.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani headed back to Iranian court

Mission Network News

The Iranian pastor who has spent more than 1,000 days in prison for his faith in Christ is headed back to court. Iranian authorities are demanding Youcef Nadarkhani face a judge in Iran on Sept. 8 to answer for "charges brought against him." According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), it's unclear if the charges are new or are connected to his apostasy conviction. Nadarkhani was convicted and sentenced to death for essentially becoming a Christian. When Iranian officials demanded that he recant his faith in Jesus Christ or die, he responded, "I cannot." He has been illegally imprisoned and separated from his wife and two boys since 2009.

FRC's Tony Perkins: 'We Will Not Waver'


Let me assure our supporters, as well as our opponents, we will not waver at all from our mission.


54,000 refugees, no questions asked

Peter Martin - SMH

Australia is facing a flood of economic refugees. But the big numbers aren't from the north, they are from the across the Tasman where Statistics New Zealand yesterday announced the biggest exodus to Australia on record. An extraordinary 53,900 New Zealanders moved to Australia in the year to July - around the entire population of New Plymouth, New Zealand's 11th biggest city. The number dwarfs the 9607 asylum seekers who arrived in Australian waters by boat.

Sexualisation of Society

Study: Shocking spike in full nudity on broadcast TV

Charisma News

The Parents Television Council (PTC) on Monday released results of a research analysis of nudity on prime-time broadcast television—and the results may shock (and e en disgust) you.


It's a broad church, says progressive Christian leader

Daniel Hurst - Brisbane Times

Australians must understand that conservative Christian lobbyists do not speak for all people of the faith, according to the Brisbane Anglican leader heading a new progressive advocacy group. The Very Reverend Peter Catt, the Dean of St John's Cathedral, announced yesterday the creation of the new group called A Progressive Christian Voice (Australia). It is the dominance of groups like the ACL that seem to be creating the idea that Christians are all of a particular mind.

Thomson, HSU probe was flawed, review finds

Kate McClymont, Richard Willingham - SMH

Fair Work Australia's investigation into the troubled Health Services Union, including allegations of wrongdoing by its former national secretary, Craig Thomson, was under-resourced and ill-equipped, an independent review has found. The review, which was conducted by the accountancy firm KPMG, found that FWA's investigation was deficient in ''the planning, management and execution of the HSU investigations'' and did not consider all potential sources of information.

Legal firm's founder says 'no evidence' against PM

Phillip Coorey, Natalie O'Brien - SMH

The law firm Slater & Gordon and one of its founders, Peter Gordon, have issued separate statements stressing there was no evidence Julia Gillard was involved in any legal wrongdoing while a partner at the firm. Also, Mr Gordon debunked the notion that Ms Gillard's resignation from the firm in 1996 was due solely to ill-feeling created by her representing her boyfriend, the allegedly corrupt union official Bruce Wilson. He said relationships between the firm's partners were already damaged and under strain following another, unrelated case.