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.


Children & Family

Three-year-olds are bullying other kids at childcare

Amy Mcneilage - The Examiner

Children as young as three are bullying their peers at childcare, a study has found, challenging a common belief that children that young are not capable of deliberate victimisation.

Liberal MP Adrian Pederick introduces Finn's Law into SA Parliament in bid to give foster carers more rights

Sheradyn Holderhead - The Advertiser

Foster carers would have the opportunity to be recognised on death certificates of children who die in their care and to be involved in funeral arrangements, under a proposed new law. Liberal MP Adrian Pederick made the proposal, known as Finn’s Law, in parliament today.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

The contradictions of baby Gammy: Disability, discrimination and the true cost of surrogacy

Nicholas Tonti-Filippini - ABC

There has been extensive recent discussion of the circumstances of baby Gammy, suffering from Down's syndrome and heart problems, and apparently left behind with the birth mother in Thailand by the Australian commissioning couple, though they took his well sister home. Australians have responded generously with support for this photogenic little boy so that he can receive appropriate medical treatment.

Australian parents in limbo as Thai junta moves to ban commercial surrogacy

Lindsay Murdoch - Fairfax Media

Australian officials in Bangkok are pressing Thai authorities to allow dozens of Australian biological parents who have entered into arrangements with Thai surrogate mothers to be able to leave Thailand with their babies. Thai officials estimate there are 250 current cases involving Thai surrogate mothers and their foreign biological parents, 150 of them Australians.


Christopher Pyne not 'ruling anything out' on education reform negotiations


Education Minister Christopher Pyne says he won't rule anything in or out while trying to negotiate university reforms through the Senate, and asserts that he thinks student loans should be paid back at the same interest rate taxpayers pay.


Retail chain Target joins legal battle against man-woman marriage

Life Site News

After several years of support for homosexual advocacy efforts, the retail chain Target has joined the legal fight to dismantle the definition of marriage as one and one woman.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Sex workers win reprieve over dole

News Corp Australia

Sex workers have won a reprieve, and will be treated like any other worker if they become unemployed, after the Government backed down from plans to treat them differently when they wait for six months to get on the dole.


Greater Dandenong Council rallies for asylum seekers

Herald Sun

The City of Greater Dandenong is urging other councils to help it put pressure on the Federal Government for more resources for asylum seeker services. More than 50 representatives from councils and peak bodies attended the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Communities Mayoral Forum at the Greater Dandenong civic centre on Wednesday.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Islamic State militants' offensive sparks mass Christian exodus as Pope asks for international intervention

The Age

Jihadists seized Iraq's largest Christian town and surrounding areas on Thursday, sending tens of thousands of panicked residents fleeing in what is being called a humanitarian disaster, officials and witnesses said. The onslaught saw the Sunni extremist Islamic State extend its writ over northern Iraq and move within striking distance of autonomous Kurdistan, in one of the most dramatic developments of the two month-old conflict.

China pursues 'Chinese Christian theology': state media


China will construct a "Chinese Christian theology" suitable for the country, state media reported Thursday, with both believer numbers and tensions with authorities on the rise. China has between 23 million and 40 million Protestants, accounting for 1.7 to 2.9 percent of the total population, the state-run China Daily said, citing figures given at a seminar in Shanghai.