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.



Abortion fears raised over proposed NSW foetus law


The New South Wales Health Minister and Attorney-General have taken opposing sides over proposed legislation to change the legal definition of an unborn child. MPs will be allowed a conscience vote on the private member's bill, which is designed to allow criminal liability for the death of a foetus that is at least 20 weeks old.

Children & Family

More people are choosing to opt out of working full-time

Clay Lucas - The Examiner

''Breadwinner man'', once the norm in Australian society, is long gone, replaced by a nation of families on joint incomes - making concerns around job security less critical than they once were. New research by a leading workplace economist suggests the crisis in ''insecure work'' presented by the Australian labour movement in recent years may have been overstated. Instead, more Australians are favouring part-time and casual work over punishing full-time jobs.


Sexualised billboard in Qld to be removed

Christian Today

A sexualised billboard will be pulled down in Queensland after a complaint was made to the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) by ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis. In July this year, Ms Francis submitted a complaint to the ASB about the Australian Medical Institute’s (AMI) erectile dysfunction billboard in Brisbane’s Ferny Grove, “Making Love…Make it bigger & last longer.”

Drugs & Alcohol

Ice precursor smuggled into NSW in torches


Customs officers' eyes have lit up after discovering 4kg of a precursor drug used to make "ice" hidden in almost 100 handheld torches.

Illegal drugs industry adds $6bn to economy

David Uren - The Australian

The illegal drugs industry contributes about $6 billion a year to the size of the economy, while tax avoidance adds a further $20bn, research by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows. The illegal drugs industry is in withdrawal, with falling spending on marijuana and heroin cutting total spending by 19 per cent over the past five years.


Sigma urges no more cuts to PBS

Trevor Chappell - AAP

Drugs distributor Sigma Pharmaceuticals has called on the incoming Abbott government not to make further cuts to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.


Marriage debate must go to the people


A referendum of the Australian people should decide the future of marriage following a report today that Kevin Rudd may introduce a private members' bill to redefine it in the new Parliament.

ACT's gay marriage test for Tony Abbott

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Tony Abbott faces an immediate test on marriage equality, after the ACT Labor government yesterday declared it would introduce legislation to legalise gay marriage in the next sitting of parliament. ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said her government would once again "bring forward legislation that delivers equality for same-sex couples, legislation that promises them the right to marry".

Overseas Aid

Australia should fund foreign aid. Here's why

Joe McKenzie - ABC

In 2010 David Cameron, the conservative British prime minister, embarked on a policy of savage austerity that fundamentally altered the size and scope of the UK's government and continues to be a defining reason why Britain remains in recession today. The cuts that Cameron made utterly dwarf anything that Joe Hockey could imagine, let alone politically enact, yet he refused to cut the budget of two departments, the National Health Service and foreign aid.


We will reject Abbott's policy on asylum seekers: Indonesia Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

David Wroe - The Age

Tony Abbott faces fresh obstacles from Jakarta on his asylum-seeker policies after Indonesia's foreign minister appeared to reject Coalition plans to pay bounties for information that helps disrupt people-smuggling.

Sexualisation of Society

Women degraded and used as commodities: the terrible impacts of the objectification of women

Ori Golan - Melinda Tankard Reist blog

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality.

Sarah Hanson-Young sues magazine over photoshopped bikini pictures


Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says ZOO magazine made her look incompetent and immature when they photoshopped her head onto the body of a lingerie clad model.


Aussie in Syrian suicide attack as fears mount over terror training

Paul Maley - The Australian

An Australian jihadist has reportedly blown himself up in a truck bombing in eastern Syria, amid reports about 70 per cent of Australians fighting with the rebels are known to counter-terrorism authorities. In what would be the first known suicide attack by an Australian, counter-terrorism officials in Canberra were yesterday investigating reports a man by the name of "Abu Asma" died following a car-bomb attack in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor.