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.


Dawkins, Down Syndrome and the Bankrupt Logic of Utilitarianism 

Barney Zwartz - ABC Religion & Ethics

Richard Dawkins, the world's most famous atheist, loves a headline. He got plenty recently when he tweeted that it is immoral not to abort a baby with Down Syndrome if you have the choice.

Children & Family

Vulnerable children abuse continues to rise, new report reveals

Henrietta Cook - The Age

At least 64 vulnerable children were abused in out-of-home care last year, as reports to authorities about at-risk children reached a record high.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Surrogacy the new slavery, says top judge John Pascoe

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian 

International commercial surrogacy is the new frontline in the trafficking of women and newborn babies and should be stamped out, says Federal Circuit Court chief judge John Pascoe.

Drugs & Alcohol

Study finds increase in HIV linked to 'ice' 

Tammy Mills - The Age

Melbourne men believe they contracted HIV through ice use, with a ground-breaking study finding a "convincing significant association" between the drug and soaring rates of the infection.

'Safe drinking' campaign prompts calls for sober rethink of alcohol-related advertising during football games

Amy Corderoy - SMH

Families who sit down to watch the AFL preliminary final on Friday night will probably be swamped byalcohol advertising throughout the game, experts say.


Indigenous child removal in Victoria 'highest since white settlement' 

Melissa Davey - The Guardian

Indigenous Australian children in Victoria are 16 times more likely than the state’s other children to be in out-of-home care, a report from the state’s Commission for Children and Young People tabled in parliament says.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christian Youth Camps seeks to appeal against discrimination finding in High Court

Tony Nicholls - ABC

A Melbourne-based organisation, Christian Youth Camps (CYC), which is connected to the Christian Brethren church, has applied to the High Court for special leave to appeal against a discrimination verdict.

Overseas Aid

UN to cut food aid to Syria

The Guardian

The UN warned on Thursday that it will be forced to cut food rations for more than 6 million Syrians from next month unless it received more funding.


Cory Bernardi renews calls for burka ban after Sydney, Brisbane anti-terror raids

Simon Cullen - ABC

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has renewed his call for a ban on the Muslim burka following this morning's anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane. He described the head covering as a "shroud of oppression" and a "flag of fundamentalism", adding they are "not right" in Australia.

Give poor countries tax reform say: Oxfam


Multinationals that cheat the global tax system are just the tip of the iceberg, Oxfam warns. The world charity estimates that $US100 billion ($A108 billion) of tax revenue is lost by developing countries each year through tax avoidance.