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.



Hobart abortion clinic protest charges against Brisbane man dropped


A pro-choice demonstrator has disrupted the anti-abortion protest of a man who had just walked free from court after police dropped charged against him. Brisbane man John Graham Preston had been the first person charged in relation to Tasmania's new Reproductive Health Act.

Children & Family

Campaign against domestic violence in Melbourne's north to launch at State Parliament


A new campaign to boost funding to tackle family violence and youth disadvantage in northern suburbs will be launched at State Parliament. The campaign will call for MPs to commit to improving access to services and help “Families on the Edge”.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Man conceived with donated sperm seeks birth certificate change to reflect 'truth'

Sarah Dingle - ABC 

An Adelaide man conceived using anonymous donor sperm has applied to have his birth certificate changed to record his father's name as unknown. A medical law expert says that if successful, his bid would lead to only the second instance in which a donor-conceived person managed to have their birth certificate changed.

Drugs & Alcohol

Police 'ice' calls ignored by parliamentary committee

Nino Bucci - The Age

The parliamentary committee reporting on ice largely ignored a top cop who called for a swathe of legislative changes to tighten the screws on drug traffickers and users.

No basis to claims that lockout laws are working, says top crime statistician

Sean Nicholls - SMH

The state's top crime statistician says there is no basis for claims that lockout laws are working, arguing that it will take at least until Christmas before enough data is available to conduct a proper analysis.


Suicide kills one person worldwide every 40 seconds, WHO report finds

Sarah Boseley - The Guardian

One person in the world dies by suicide every 40 seconds, according to the first ever comprehensive report on the issue from the World Health Organisation, which talks of a massive toll of tragic and preventable deaths.


Federal judge, bucking trend, affirms ban on same-sex marriages in Louisiana 

Campbell Robertson - NY Times

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge here upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, going against what had been a unanimous trend of federal court decisions striking down such bans since the Supreme Court ruled on the matter last year.


Democratic Labour Party Senator John Madigan quits party to become an independent

Latika Bourke - The Age

Democratic Labour Party Senator John Madigan has quit his party citing internal warfare, but says he will continue out the remainder of his term as an independent Senator.  The feud centres around a staffer who he accused of seeking Liberal party preselection in Victoria, a fortnight after joining his office earlier this year.

Labor move to settle preselections

Troy Bramston - The Australian 

NSW Labor will seek federal intervention today to settle contentious preselections before the state election in March, including the endorsement of Punchbowl Boys High School principal Jihad Dib for the seat of Lakemba.


Former defence force chief Chris Barrie slams asylum-seeker policy

Eryk Bagshaw - The Age

The defence force chief responsible for border protection under the Howard government has slammed the federal government's asylum seeker policy. Admiral Chris Barrie described detention centres as "jails" and said the policies enacted by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison were a "mess that reflect badly on all of us".