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 hospital ‘cannot comply’ with new Irish abortion law

Thaddeus Baklinski - Life Site News

A Catholic hospital in Dublin has said it cannot comply with the new law allowing abortions in Ireland, because doing so would contradict the hospital's Catholic vision and institutional character. Mater Misericordiae University Hospital “can’t carry out abortions because it goes against its ethos," said Fr. Kevin Doran, who is on both the hospital's board of governors and its board of directors.

Children & Family

Australian child protection system failing migrant and refugee children

Jatinder Kaur - on Line Opinion

Australia is multicultural society with one in four Australians born overseas and speaking more than 200 languages. Migrating to a new country can be stressful and research has shown that many migrants and newly arrived refugee’s face many challenges in their settlement. These include: trying to understand the Australian government system, language barriers, limited awareness of Australian laws and expectations, loss of family support system and social isolation. One area of social policy, where the need of migrant and refugee children and families has been neglected is in the child protection system. According to the latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW, 2013) there are nearly 39,000 children and young people on care and protection orders.


City aims to dump sleaze and boost women's safety

John Masanauskas - News Ltd

Melbourne City Council will push for the banning of ads that sexualise women under a new plan to prevent violence against females. The council will also encourage people to dob in advertising and signage that is offensive, discriminatory and sexist.

Drugs & Alcohol

Serial drink-driver Mitchell Walsh McDonald admits 7th charge, fined $2800

Phil Hickey - Perth Now

Serial drink driver Mitchell Walsh McDonald has admitted to his seventh drink driving charge in court today, exactly 10 years to the day he ran over and killed a 10-year-old girl. Walsh-McDonald, 29, faced four charges in Perth Magistrates Court today, including two breaches of his extraordinary driver's licence and driving with a blood-alcohol content above 0.08 per cent.


Palliative care an alternative to euthanasia

Rosalie Douglas - Chronicle Journal

I have recently read an article in a Toronto newspaper regarding the majority of doctors’ views regarding euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Most doctors believe that physician-assisted suicide poisons the mission of medicine. Euthanasia is not a medical act, for it runs contrary to what it means to be a professional healer.


NSW plan to sell lotteries tax to pay debt

Michaela Whitbourn - AFR

The NSW Coalition government is likely to proceed with a first-in-Australia plan to sell part of the state’s lotteries tax revenue after it privatises the Port of Newcastle and its remaining power station assets. Treasurer Mike Baird said the government had done “significant due diligence” on the deal, including determining market interest in buying the right to part of the $350 million the state makes each year from a tax on NSW Lotteries scratchies and tickets.

Homelessness & Poverty

A home for life: youth homelessness in the spotlight

Prue Bentley - ABC

Forget about the economy, the big election issue for 19 year old Jess is housing. The election battlegrounds of Melbourne's mortgage belt are a far cry from Jess's own personal war. Jess has been homeless on and off for the last four years and through that time she's battled family breakdown, addiction and unemployment.

Human Rights

Civil liberties in a grave new world

Bill Calcutt - Eureka Street

Since the Second World War, Western democracies have championed human rights, decrying the abuse of civil liberties in undemocratic states.


My two husbands

Angi Becker Stevens - Salon

My family is very ordinary to me. We eat dinner together. We gather in the living room and watch movies. Last weekend, we went on a camping trip and sat around the campfire making s’mores, the grown-ups enjoying a few beers while my 9-year-old daughter challenged us with endless rounds of “would you rather?” It all feels so wonderfully mundane that sometimes I have to remind myself that most people view us as strange at best, depraved at worst.

Overseas Aid

AusAID cuts psychological support program for aid workers


Thousands of Australians work overseas providing aid in conflict zones and following natural disasters. Like returning soldiers, many of them come home scarred mentally and physically by their experiences. Few organisations provide targetted psychological support to returning aid workers. One that does is the Melbourne-based Mandala Foundation. It's services are about to disappear after AusAID cut funding of just half a million dollars a year over three years, or $1.5 million.


'Humble' Peter Beattie confirms his Labor candidacy for federal seat

Judith Ireland - SMH

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has introduced Peter Beattie as the brand new candidate for the seat of Forde, riffing on his own catchphrase: "His name's Peter, he's from Queensland and he's here to help as well." Officially launching Mr Beattie as Labor's star candidate on Thursday afternoon in Forde, Mr Rudd praised the former Queensland premier as "rolled gold Queensland".

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Slain Vic sex worker 'deserves respect'

Patrick Caruana - AAP

The partner of a murdered Melbourne sex worker says she deserves justice and to be treated with dignity and respect. The body of 40-year-old Tracy Connelly was found on July 21 in the van in which she was living, which had been parked in St Kilda for about a month. She had suffered upper body and facial injuries. In a plea for information about Ms Connelly's death, her partner Tony Melissovas said she deserved justice. "First and foremost Tracy is a human being, regardless of what she had done for her job," he said.

Supreme Court hears 'Jazzy O' most likely strangled from behind

Paul Anderson - Heral;d Sun

Sex worker and 'extreme' stripper Johanna "Jazzy O" Martin was most likely strangled from behind, a pathologist has told the Supreme Court. While giving evidence in the murder trial of accused man Steve Constantinou, Dr Paul Bedford today gave his opinion about how Ms Martin died.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

In city rooted in Bible, Islamist marches and graffiti intimidate Egypt's Christian minority

Associated Press

It was nighttime and 10,000 Islamists were marching down the most heavily Christian street in this ancient Egyptian city, chanting "Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians." A half-dozen kids were spray-painting "Boycott the Christians" on walls, supervised by an adult. While Islamists are on the defensive in Cairo following the military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in Assiut and elsewhere in Egypt's deep south they are waging a stepped-up hate campaign, claiming the country's Christian minority somehow engineered Morsi's downfall.

Egypt Christians allege torture under Morsi regime

Gary Lane - CBN

Roughly a year after revelations the Muslim Brotherhood had tortured Christian demonstrators at a Cairo mosque, more Egyptians are coming forward, detailing abuse they endured during Mohammed Morsi's presidency. The torture allegations come as no surprise to Egyptians demonstrators brutally beaten by pro-Morsi Islamists.

Sexualisation of Society

Mistress of sexting MP Peter Dowling says LNP tried to cover up allegations he misused travel expenses

Steven Wardill, Anthony Gough - AAP

The mistress of a disgraced Queensland MP claims the Liberal National Party tried to "sweep under the carpet" allegations he misused his parliamentary travel expenses. Redlands MP Peter Dowling has stood aside as chair of parliament's ethics committee and as a member of the parliamentary crime and misconduct committee.


Two teenagers to change gender after Family Court gives approval

Kay Dibben - The Courier Mail

Two 16-year-olds will be given irreversible gender-changing treatment so a boy can become a girl and a girl can change gender to be a boy, after a court decision.