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

Living like it’s 1986

Tamara Rajakariar - Mercator Net

What lengths would you go to in order to ensure that your children had the best possible childhood? According to a report in The Atlantic, one couple decided to cut out all technology that has been introduced since 1986 (this was the year that both parents were born) for a whole year. Why? To give their kids a better chance of a real, childish, play-in-the-dirt, unsaturated-in-technology kind of youth.


Sex, drugs and worn out controls: Grand Theft Auto V hits the streets


The unabashedly brutal Grand Theft Auto V has hit the streets, in the global launch of a sequel that promises to enthral fans of the blockbuster videogame franchise.


Policy challenge: Abbott's education plans

Kevin Donnelly - ABC

The Abbott Government has clearly signalled school education as an important policy issue but it is clear the new government will be faced with some challenges, writes Kevin Donnelly.

WA premier braces for more school strikes

Tim Clarke - AAP

More than 20,000 people have come together to support an unprecedented teacher's strike across Western Australia.


False notes and the Suzuki Method

Roger Franklin - Quadrant

A slick salesman always tells customers what they want to hear. David Suzuki, jet-setting campaigner against carbon emissions, is a very good salesman – and, sadly, the Fairfax press is the sort of wood duck every peddler of shoddy goods dreams will step wide-eyed and open-mouthed into his showroom.

Abbott shuts down Climate Commission

Tom Arup - The Age

The Abbott government has abolished the Climate Commission, which had been established to provide public information on the effects of and potential solutions to global warming. Environment Minister Greg Hunt rang chief climate commissioner Tim Flannery at 10am on Thursday to tell him the body had been shut down.


HIV remains a public health threat

Melissa Stoneham - Crikey

Globally, HIV/AIDS continues to be a major public health issue, with more than 34 million people estimated to be living with the disease and 1.7 million dying from it in 2011. amfAR estimates that nearly 7000 people contract HIV every day. As expected, according to UNAIDS, more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of all people living with HIV, equating to 23.5 million, live in sub-Saharan Africa—including 91 per cent of the world’s HIV-positive children.


Abbott's indigenous team to be named soon

Lisa Martin - Adelaide Now

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's new team to instigate a radical shake-up of indigenous affairs will be named within 10 days.


PM seeks legal advice on ACT Marriage Equality Bill

Lisa Mosley - ABC

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has asked for legal advice on the ACT's bill to legalise same-sex marriage. The ACT Government says same-sex couples will be able to get married in Canberra before the end of the year, with the introduction of the Marriage Equality Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Why the same-sex marriage bill will end up in the High Court

Crispin Hull - The Canberra Times

ACT MLA Jeremy Hanson was certainly correct when he predicted this week that the ACT Government's proposed same-sex marriage laws will end up in the High Court. There are several major constitutional questions. The first question is: Who has standing to challenge such a law? Then the question arises as to what is marriage as defined in the Constitution? And then whether the Commonwealth's existing Marriage Act leaves any room for a state or territory to enter the field.

Same sex marriage bill introduced in ACT


If all goes according to plan for the Australian Capital Territory government, gay and lesbian couples will no longer have to travel overseas to get married. A Marriage Equality Bill to legalise same sex marriage in the Territory is expected to pass the Legislative Assembly as soon as October.

Gay marriage an early test for Abbott

Michelle Grattan - The Conversation

Tony Abbott had hoped he wouldn’t be confronted with the gay marriage issue for quite a while. Now, just a day after the new government’s swearing in, it’s potentially posing a major challenge for him. The ACT government introduced legislation today to legalise same sex marriage there. It will be passed next month. Does the Coalition government let it be, or try to overrule it?


Modern politics 101: adapt or perish

Jonathan Green - ABC

In a world in which appeals to tradition and the loyalties of the last century have lost their effect, the Australian Labor Party may or may not have a place, writes Jonathan Green.

Victorious Abbott must not let Labor and the Greens set his agenda

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Tony Abbott has been condemned for not having more women in his ministry; he's being urged not to appoint "climate change deniers" to government posts; and he's being warned not to interfere in Labor-Greens attempts to introduce same-sex marriage in the ACT. The new Prime Minister also has been accused of neglecting specific areas - such as science or the Pacific Islands - by not putting them in ministers' titles, and carrying out retribution in the dropping or non-promotion of some MPs as well as dumping three departmental heads.

Sever ties now, says Adams

Alison Andrews - The Examiner

Tasmanian Labor should seriously consider splitting with the Greens before next year's March election if it wants to hold onto government, says veteran federal Labor politician Dick Adams. If it doesn't separate from its minority government partners, Labor should at least appoint its own spokesmen to work alongside the two Greens ministers so that Labor values have the influence not Greens, Mr Adams said yesterday.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Solving the problem of child marriage

Mohshin Habib - Gatestone Institute

Earlier this year, a 15 year old girl was sentenced to 100 lashes for being raped and made pregnant by her stepfather. Premarital sex is not legal, but flogging is. An eight-year-old girl, identified as Rawan, and married the week before to a 40-year-old man in the northwestern Yemen, died of internal injuries the first night of forced marriage to a groom five times her age, the Daily Mail reports on September 9th.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Muslim persecution of Christians: July, 2013

Raymond Ibrahim - Gatestone Institute

On July 4th, the day after the Egyptian military liberated its nation from Muslim Brotherhood rule, Christian Copts were immediately scapegoated and targeted. All Islamist leaders—from Brotherhood supreme leader Muhammad Badi, to Egyptian-born al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri, to top Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi—made a point to single out Egypt's Copts as especially instrumental in the ousting of former Islamist president Morsi, a claim that ushered in a month of slaughter against the nation's Christian minority.