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.


Charities & NFP

Coalition wants wealthy to donate more


The federal coalition plans to revive a body to encourage community philanthropy among Australia's wealthy if it wins the next election. Opposition families spokesman Kevin Andrews on Tuesday flagged the proposal to re-establish the former Howard government's community business partnership within six months of winning government. "The partnership ... will encourage prominent Australians from the business and community sectors to work together for the benefit of the community," he told the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney.

Drugs & Alcohol

New York City age for buying cigarettes could be 21


After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may set a new bar as officials propose to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a proposal on Monday to increase the threshold from 18. That's the US minimum. Quinn says the measure aims to stop young people from developing a potentially deadly habit.


Gillard's deal on Gonski a case of better late than never

Mark Kenny - SMH

So much so that Tony Abbott, visiting Geraldton in the secessionist state on Tuesday, constructed his own pretend reality from which he was able to simultaneously attack Julia Gillard for: (a) never achieving anything; (b) actually achieving something (albeit a deal with "one state") with her signature education reforms; and (c) bribing NSW Liberal Premier Barry O'Farrell with extra cash ("enormous promises of money, money, and more money") to get him over the line.


Poppies, not pokies, will help our veterans, says RSL chief

Rachel Browne - SMH

The president of the NSW branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia, Don Rowe, has accused RSL clubs of exploiting the Anzac legend. Mr Rowe claimed the clubs were more interested in making money from poker machines and cheap alcohol than serving the interests of veterans.


The impossibility of gay marriage and the threat of biopolitical control

John Milbank - ABC

During the course of recent debates in the British Parliament over the proposed legalisation of gay marriage, it has gradually become apparent that the proposal itself is impossible. For legislators have recognised that it would be intolerable to define gay marriage in terms equivalent to "consummation," or to permit "adultery" as legitimate ground for gay divorce.

Same-sex marriage: French parliament approves new law


France has become the 14th country to approve a law allowing gay marriage. The bill, which also legalises adoption by same-sex couples, was passed by 321 votes to 225 in the French parliament. The decision follows a divisive public debate with some of the biggest protests seen in France in recent years.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Brothel raids a waste of time: sex workers

Nine News

Jules Kim - migration project manager at Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association - told the inquiry into slavery and human trafficking on Tuesday there was a bias towards the sex industry when it came to the number of trafficking cases.

Sydney prostitute died in client's home

Nine News

A prostitute died in the home of a client who promised to get her off heroin and gave her medication, a Sydney inquest has heard. Defne Yeter, 30, died three days after she met Rowland Hill in June 2010 and had sex with him for $50 at his Redfern unit. Mr Hill told police Ms Yeter asked him to help her stop using heroin and he agreed.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Syria says two bishops kidnapped by rebels

Dominic Evans - Reuters

Two prominent Syrian bishops, who had warned of the threat to religious tolerance and diversity from the two-year conflict in their country, were kidnapped on Monday by armed rebels in the northern province of Aleppo, state media said.

Sexualisation of Society

UK: Gwyneth facing backlash over her grown-up bikinis for girls aged four

Simon Cable - Daily Mail

Gwyneth Paltrow has been accused of sexualising children after endorsing a range of bikinis for girls as young as four. The actress has long been a fan of Melissa Odabash’s creations, described by Vogue as the ‘Ferraris of swimwear’. The designer’s sought-after bikinis have won her a host of celebrity followers – from Rihanna to Kelly Brook.