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.



Catholic college drops abortion coverage


The Cardinal Newman Society has learned that a Catholic university in Pennsylvania is dropping its unintentional coverage of abortion in its health insurance plan to better reflect Catholic teaching.

Charities & NFP

Greens hold out for advocacy and consultation provisions

Sally Rose – The Australian Financial Review

Twenty years after the sector began calling for an independent regulator, and less than two years since the whirlwind process began, a Charities Commission is due to commence on October 1. Important details are still being debated.

Children & Family

Clumsy children labeled as neglected

Natasha Bita – AdelaideNow

Parents of clumsy children are risking neglect charges if they show up too many times at a hospital emergency ward.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Mothers for hire

Amrit Dhillon – SMH

Many Australians travel to India and pay surrogate mothers to bear their child. But the local women are often poor, desperate and exploited.

Drugs & Alcohol

Police chief slams alcohol ads targeting kids

ABC Online

The Police Commissioner Karl O'Collaghan says he is concerned about a recent increase in alcohol advertising targeting children.


Queensland TAFEs face uncertain future

Katherine Feeney – Brisbane Times

A 40 per cent reduction in the number Queensland TAFEs is one of the more contentious recommendations made to Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek in an interim report set to seal the sector's future come November.

Funding cut ‘blows Gonski out of the water’

Justine Ferrari – The Australian

The NSW government has flagged cutting $67 million a year in public funding from Catholic and independent schools from next year, in a provocative move on the eve of the first ministerial talks to overhaul the funding system.


We will halve homelessness – Fed govt

Sky News Australia

The federal government says it's shining a new light on homelessness in Australia and has reconfirmed the goal of halving the problem by 2020.


Spate of suicides grips Aboriginal community

Bronwyn Herbert – ABC Online

On a cool dry season day last year, 16-year-old Darren Ejai had been at school in Derby in Western Australia's Kimberley. He spent the afternoon helping his brother get his car working, and as night fell the boys drove out to the Aboriginal community of Mowanjum to help celebrate their older brother's birthday.


PM cancels Christian Lobby visit

Dan Harrison – SMH

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has cancelled a speech at the Australian Christian Lobby's national conference, after its leader said a homosexual ''lifestyle'' was more hazardous to health than smoking.

PM cancels speech to Christian lobby after ‘offensive’ gay health comments

Ben Packham – The Australian

Julia Gillard has cancelled a planned address to the Australian Christian Lobby after "heartless" comments by ACL director Jim Wallace, suggesting smoking was healthier than homosexuality.

Bishop slams Gillard over Christian event


Prime Minister Julia Gillard should take issue with comments about gays by the Australian Christian Lobby rather than boycott its conference, the federal opposition says.

Overseas Aid

Pakistan kicks out Save the Children

Herald Sun

Pakistan has ordered all Save the Children foreign staff to leave the country within four weeks, in the wake of accusations linking the aid agency to a fake vaccination program used in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.


Abbott says remarks by Turnbull, Joyce don’t worry him

Herald Sun

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he's not concerned about Malcolm Turnbull's comments on the state of party politicking.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Truth, marriage and the threat to religious liberty

Anthony Fisher – ABC Religion & Ethics

Same-sex marriage (SSM) is all the rage at the moment. Last week the lower house of the Tasmanian parliament passed a bill to allow it. A similar bill passed first reading stage in New Zealand, and the Scots parliament announced it plans to make similar law.


Asylum seekers question offshore threat

ABC Online

Asylum seekers are questioning the Federal Government's threat to send them offshore despite them arriving on Australian soil before Parliament passed new legislation.