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.



ACT first with full national disability insurance scheme

The Australian

The ACT will become the first jurisdiction to roll out the national disability insurance scheme in full and outsource some government services. About 5000 Canberrans with a disability will move to the NDIS from July 1, making the territory the first jurisdiction to accept all eligible residents into the scheme.

Human Rights

John Moriarty backs George Brandis on rights

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

John Moriarty has never been scared of a fight. The Aboriginal artist, activist and businessman, whose studio designed Qantas’s distinctive plane livery, fought for Aboriginal rights in the 1967 referendum — and now he’s standing up for freedom of speech.


Inquiry reveals grim NT alcohol statistics


An inquiry into problem drinking among indigenous people has heard that the NT government's approach to tackle alcoholism is expensive and failing.

Aboriginal child protection contact increases in Victoria

Miki Perkins - The Age

Aboriginal children in Victoria are 10 times more likely to come into contact with child protection than their non-indigenous counterparts, a figure the government's own report has described as ''unacceptably high''.


It doesn’t come much clearer than this

Carolyn Moynihan - Mercator Net

Here’s US marriage expert Ryan T. Anderson giving one of his sparkling clear presentations on the problem with same-sex marriage. If you want to see how you can talk comfortably to your friends and family about the importance of preserving marriage, watch this video.

Overseas Aid

Britain reaches 0.7 percent overseas aid target

Global Post

Britain has reached its goal of spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on foreign aid, the Department for International Development said Wednesday.


Fund education with church and pot taxes: Sex party

Echo Net Daily

The Sex Party candidate in the upcoming WA state Senate by-election has called on the Barnett government to tax and regulate marijuana as a way to fund public education.

Reform starts with members 

Jamie Clements - The Australian 

Right now there is a great deal of talk about Labor Party reform: in NSW, we’re actually getting on with the job of changing Labor. Last weekend, community preselections in the state seats of Newtown and Campbelltown saw about 2500 people, more than 2000 of whom weren’t party members, participate in deciding Labor’s local candidates for the state election next year.


Self-immolation highlights woes of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Yara Abi Nader - SMH

Beirut: A United Nations official said a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who doused herself with petrol and set herself alight after her aid was cut was a victim of a lack of funding for the world body's work. The millionth Syrian refugee will register in Lebanon on Thursday, the UN refugee agency said, adding to the strain on a county of only 4 million which is struggling to stop the war from flooding into its territory.

'Cambodian solution' could see Phnom Penh take refugees

Paul Maley - The Australian 

The Coalition government is inching closer to a deal with Cambodia that could see Australia-bound asylum-seekers resettled or processed in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison was yesterday in Phnom Penh for discussions with the Cambodian government.

Catholics ready to school refugees 

Justine Ferrari - The Australian 

Growing unease with Australia’s treatment of asylum-seekers, particularly the locking up of children in detention centres, has prompted one of the largest Catholic school systems to offer free education to refugee students.


"Nobody is born that way", gay historians say

Christian Telegraph

American journalist, David Benkof, has published an essay concluding that scholarly research on homosexuality indicates ‘gayness’ is much more socio-cultural than biological, reports Christian Concern for our Nation. He has interviewed leading scholars of homosexual history and anthropololgy, almost all LGBT themselves, and reports that they have decisively concluded that ‘gayness’ is a product of Western society originating about 150 years ago.