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.



Heat over WA stand-alone abortion clinic


The Catholic health provider that will run a new hospital in Perth says it is the state government that wants "restricted procedures" including abortion to be performed at a stand-alone facility.

Charities & NFP

Lord Mayor not in favour of charity collectors on Melbourne streets

News Limited

Street charity collectors in Melbourne’s CBD can be too pushy and should be curtailed, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said. “People have a right to go about their business in the city without being harassed or bothered,” Cr Doyle said. “Although we support charities collecting money for their charities there needs to be rules around that.”

Children & Family

Refuges for women fleeing domestic violence face closure under NSW reforms

Rachel Browne - SMH

Parts of NSW with the highest domestic violence rates will be left without specialist women's refuges under a controversial government reform that advocates say will endanger the lives of women and their children.


Billboard complaint is 'discrimination against blonde beautiful women', says Sydney scrap metal yard

Megan Levy - Blayney Chronicle

A Sydney scrap metal yard accused of objectifying women on a billboard has defended itself against the charge, saying anyone who complained about the bikini-clad woman was "discriminating against blonde beautiful women in general". But the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has upheld a complaint against the Rockdale business, ruling that its billboard had breached a code that directs advertisers not to employ sexual appeal in a manner which is exploitative and degrading.

Drugs & Alcohol

Drug expert fears reformulated oxycodone will turn users to fentanyl, resulting in deaths

Melinda Hayter - ABC

A leading drug expert from regional New South Wales says a new version of oxycodone, reformulated to limit its injectability, could do more harm than good.


Prime Minister responds to Cessnock's Orlando Burcham, 11, over same sex marriage criticism

Annie Stevens - The Herald

Orlando Burcham, 11, recently wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, questioning Mr Abbott on his views on same sex marriage. Then he got a reply. Burcham is the son of Cessnock councillor Cordelia Troy, who came out as a gay woman in 2013 during the local government election. She married her partner in New York later that year.


Denis Napthine in limbo, appeals to Labor

John Ferguson - The Australian

Maverick independent MP Geoff Shaw’s suspension has left Victoria facing a rocky path to the November 29 election, with the Napthine government unable to guarantee legislation will pass and its parliamentary agenda in limbo.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Just part of the barbaric fate that awaits mother sentenced to hang and 100 lashes in Sudan for marrying a Christian: Meriam Ibrahim's supporters release shocking video of woman being flogged in public

Daily Mail

Meriam is due punishment within days if pending appeal is thrown out. WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

Sexualisation of Society

Laws on consensual teenage sex 'draconian' and need change: Judge Paul Muscat

Candice Marcus - ABC

A judge is urging the laws on underage sex be changed to ensure teenagers with consensual sexual relationships do not end up facing criminal charges.

Canberra parents beg for kids' pole-dancing classes

Primrose Riordan - The Canberra Times

Once the domain of strip clubs and hens' nights, pole dancing has come a long way. Former gymnast Ms Elizabeth Domazet said four years ago she never used to tell people she pole-danced. Now the mother of three said times have changed and her year-and-a-half-old studio in Kingston is not only buzzing with new enrolments - but also with requests from parents for kids' classes.