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.


Charities & NFP

Welfare groups warn changes will spark catastrophe

Dan Harrison, Beau Donelly - The Age

More than half a million young people could need emergency assistance - including food packages - as a direct result of an Abbott government change which welfare groups have warned will lead to ''catastrophe''.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

IVF and surrogacy: human right violations

Chris Meney - On Line Opinion

The use of expensive technology to assist couples to have children is now common with the global IVF market expected to exceed $20 billion by 2020. In Australia, after a typical government subsidy of around $3000, just a single cycle of IVF can cost a couple up to $6000. Because we regard having a child as an inherently good thing we rarely pause to ask whether there are any reasons why we should be concerned about how or at what cost this generation and handing over of children is being achieved.


No place for chaplains in NT govt schools: ACSSO

Xavier La Canna - ABC

Public schools in the Northern Territory already provide value-building and there is no place for chaplains permanently on their grounds, the main body that represents families of those schools says.

School’s out for truancy in bush

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The Abbott government’s strategy to reduce truancy appears to be working in most Northern Territory remote schools, with 14 out of 17 recording a rise in attendance rates over the past year.


Police probe Dr Philip Nitschke over supplying equipment to two Melburnians for suicide pact

Nick Toscano - The Age

Dr Philip Nitschke is being investigated by police after two women allegedly ended their lives with equipment supplied by the euthanasia campaigner. Police are investigating the deaths of two Melbourne housemates who used suicide equipment provided by euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke. Ms Parsons, who was healthy, had agreed to help carry out her friend's wish to die after she began showing early signs of dementia, Dr Nitschke said.

Homelessness & Poverty

States yet to sign federal deal for homeless services funding


Government funding for services for the homeless beyond the end of this month remains uncertain because states and territories have not yet signed up to a deal with the Commonwealth.


Date set: same-sex couples can use British laws to marry in Australia

Lisa Cox - SMH

The date has been set for the first same-sex couples to use British laws to marry in Australian cities. Same-sex couples in which one partner has British citizenship will be able to marry from June 27 in British consulates in Sydney and Perth, with Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra to follow soon after.

Overseas Aid

Attorney-General George Brandis asked: Where is the Cambodia money?

Sarah Whyte - SMH

The government has been accused of artificially inflating the aid budget by $370 million to fund Cambodia to resettle Australian-bound refugees.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Canada passes new prostitution laws


Canada’s attorney-general has unveiled a law that makes it legal to sell sex to individuals but illegal to buy it, after the high court struck down an anti-prostitution law. The new law switches the focus of criminal charges from sellers of sex to potential buyers, and prohibits advertising sexual services.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Boko Haram attack church dressed as Nigeria soldiers as dozens are killed in fresh raids

Mike Pflanz - Telegraph

Christians shepherded into a church by armed men apparently for their safety died when those soldiers turned out to be Boko Haram fighters in disguise, who opened fire on the cowering crowd in their latest attack. It was one of at least six different raids across northern Nigeria on Monday and Tuesday, when as many as 30 people died.