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

Ken Lay hopes for Luke Batty 'watershed' in dealing with family violence

Mex Cooper - The Age

Victoria's police chief hopes the tragic death of 11-year-old Luke Batty will become a watershed moment in how family violence is tackled. Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said Luke's death last week was a wake-up call to the whole community to act.

Child-protection information set to be outsourced overseas

Richard Willingham - The Age

The IT system for the client and case management of some of Victoria's most vulnerable will be managed by a private company, possibly overseas, under changes made by the Napthine government, raising concerns about Child protection service delivery. The Department of Human Services Integrated Client and Case Management System which includes child protection and disability services is currently being developed by the department but is now out to tender for an external provider.


Health and physical eduction national curriculum proposes sex, alcohol and drug education for children as early as age eight

The Courier Mail

Sexuality, alcohol and drugs will be studied by schoolchildren as young as eight, while CPR will be mandatory in Years 9 or 10, under the Health and Physical Education national curriculum.


The conspicuous silence from euthanasia activists about Belgium’s horrific child euthanasia law

Paul Russell - Life Site News

The Belgian Parliament passed a change to their euthanasia laws on the 14th of February making euthanasia available to minors – children. One commentator incorrectly – but nonetheless poignantly called it a ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’. Most, however, questioned the ability of minors to make such grave decisions and/or the problems with euthanasia in general, of which child euthanasia is a savage symptom.

Disability charity: Don’t follow Belgium on euthanasia

The Christian Institute

British disabled people “will be looking nervously” at Belgium’s decision to introduce child euthanasia, the Chief Executive of disability charity Scope has warned. Following Belgium’s vote on the issue last week, Richard Hawkes cautioned against “loud, well-organised” calls to allow assisted suicide in Britain.


Whittlesea’s neighbourhood houses band together to tackle gambling

News Ltd

Neighbourhood houses are calling on Whittlesea residents to help the municipality shed its title of one of Australia’s biggest gambling black holes. Whittlesea’s six neighbourhood houses are banding together to run a series of events during March to entice people to replace visits to gaming venues.


Doctors warn: restricting GP access may cost more

The Australian

Doctors have backed Health Minister Peter Dutton’s call for a “national conversation” about Australia’s rising health costs, but warned restricting access to GPs could ultimately cost even more.


Big picture needed on Aboriginal education

News Ltd

Indigenous leader Tom Calma has warned the Abbott government that improving indigenous education outcomes will take more than just getting bums on seats in classrooms. Dr Calma said attendance was just one measure of success as he addressed the National Press Club on Thursday, the same day he became University of Canberra chancellor and the first indigenous man to hold such a position in Australia.


High Court rules WA to go back to the polls for new Senate election


Western Australia will go back to the polls for a new Senate election, the High Court has ruled. The Australian Electoral Commission had petitioned the court asking for the Senate results from September's federal election to be declared void after 1,370 votes could not be found for a recount.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Arrested Australian John Short was in North Korea for more than tourism: travel officials


An Australian missionary being held in North Korea had admitted he was in the country for more than just tourism, according to North Korean tourism officials who have been in touch with his Chinese travel company. John Short, 75, has been arrested in North Korea for distributing Christian pamphlets and could face a long period of incarceration.