potnACL 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.



Cool heads are needed on the abortion-breast cancer link

David van Gend - Mercator Net

A Mexican wave of moral indignation swept through the chattering class this month in Australia when the hypothesis was raised of a link between abortion and breast cancer. We heard, in shrill tones, that claims of such a link are “factually incorrect” (blogger Mia Freedman), “absurd” (Simon Breheny of the IPA) and even “an insult to all women” (Greens MP Adam Bandt).

Children & Family 

Federal minister urged to boycott 'bigoted' World Congress of Families conference

Anna Henderson - ABC

The Senate has passed a motion calling for federal minister to boycott a controversial conference that endorses anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage messages. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is opening the World Congress of Families in Melbourne on Saturday.

Protesters vow to block World Congress of Families attendees

Richard Willingham - The Age

Opponents of the hard-right World Congress of Families have vowed to block attendees from getting into its conference on Saturday, although they do not know where it will be held. The controversial forum features speakers who say abortion causes breast cancer, as well as homophobic speakers. Senior Liberals including Abbott Families Minister Kevin Andrews and Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark are to attend.

Calls grow for reform of domestic adoption laws

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian 

Leading child welfare organisation Barnardos has backed calls by the nation's chief family law judges for a review of adoption laws to enable many of the tens of thousands of children in care to find a permanent home.

Tony Abbott's adoption laws reforms under attack

Lauren Wilson - News Corp Australia

The government has been warned its overhaul of adoption laws risks opening the door to child trafficking, malpractice and reduced protections for children. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has been working with high-profile adoption campaigner Deborra-Lee Furness and husband Hugh Jackman, has pledged to cut red tape and make overseas adoption “much easier” for Australian families.

Drugs & Alcohol

Napthine government to overhaul law to allow clinical trials of medical cannabis

Josh Gordon - The Age

The Napthine government will overhaul the law to allow clinical trials of medical cannabis. Health Minister David Davis will announce an advisory committee, made up of medical and regulatory experts, that will also work through the complex issues to allow a trial examining the use of cannabis compounds in treating or relieving symptoms for a range of illnesses and conditions.


Tony Abbott's truancy crackdown to include working families

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Working families will be included in an expanded crackdown on truancy likely to include the withholding of Family Tax Benefit payments if parents are not sending their children to school.

Chaplaincy scheme overhaul puts Canberra school welfare officer jobs in the firing line

Phillip Thomson - The Canberra Times

The jobs of 25 school welfare officers in the ACT are under threat. Government documents detail the list of Canberra schools with student welfare workers, a workforce which the Abbott government did not want to fund as it favoured giving money toward religious chaplains.


Pensioner hid euthanasia drugs

Shannon Hampton - The West Australian 

An Albany pensioner who is the first person in Australia to be prosecuted for importing a euthanasia drug pleaded guilty yesterday, admitting that he hid his stash in a hole in bush.Rupert Ward pleaded guilty in Albany Magistrate's Court to possessing 5g of an imported euthanasia drug, saying he got the substance in case he was to suffer a "long, drawn-out illness".


Stephen Conroy, Kim Carr set for 2016 federal election 

Royce Millar - The Age

Veteran federal MPs and Victorian factional heavyweights Stephen Conroy and Kim Carr look set to win their party's backing to recontest the 2016 federal election after a controversial party decision to bring forward senate preselections.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Tired of Being Victims, Iraqi Christians Arm Themselves to Fight ISIS; 'Talking About Jesus and Peace is Not Enough,' They Say

Leonardo Blair - Christian Post

Tired of being slaughtered like sheep and chased from a place they have called home for two millennia, some Christian groups in northern Iraq have decided to take up arms to defend their place in the war-torn country from the terror of ISIS.