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.



Anti-abortion protesters in clash during CBD rally

Paddy Maughtin - Herald Sun

An anti-abortion rally turned violent in the city as protesters clashed with pro-choice lobbyists. An estimated 3000 people turned out for the annual March for the Babies in Melbourne's Treasury Gardens, but as the group walked through the city they were confronted by hundreds of counter protesters.

Australian March for Babies turns violent: U.S. pro-life activists, MPs assaulted by pro-abort mob

John Jalsevac - Life News

American pro-life activist Bryan Kemper says he is bruised and sore, but recovering, after a mob of pro-abortion counter-protesters attacked him and his team of pro-life activists during the March for the Babies in Melbourne, Australia. Kemper, the founder of Prolife Stand True Ministries, told today that he was thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked. Several other members of his team were also roughed up.

MP says he was assaulted in abortion rally

Nine MSN

An organiser of the anti-abortion march, Liberal MP Bernie Finn, says he and others from his group were assaulted by pro-choice activists who held a counter-demonstration. "I was belted in the head but I've still got the remnants of an egg in my hair," he told AAP. "What we saw today was literally a public mugging on the streets of Melbourne and Victoria Police let it happen.

Clashes erupt during protests

Yahoo!7 Video

Rival groups of protesters have come to blows bringing the centre of the Melbourne CBD to a standstill.


New Bonds "Boobs" campaign is under investigation by Advertising Standards Board

Jasmin Lill - Westside News

Bonds have been accused of prostituting their brand over their "boobs" campaign that is now under investigation by the advertising watchdog. The Advertising Standards Bureau has received around 15 complaints about the Bonds ad that bears the word "boobs" against a black background.

Donor Conception, Surrogacy & IVF

When two become three: couple sues IVF clinic over 'extra' child

Sarah Elks - The Australian

A couple who was desperate to have a baby and resorted to IVF is suing a prominent Queensland fertility clinic after the woman gave birth to triplets instead of twins.

International opposition grows to UK’s three-parent embryos

Jenny Leigh - Mercator Net

The British government is about to embark on the precedent-shattering move of allowing genome engineering.


National curriculum mired in half-baked fads

Judith Sloan - The Australian

I have never been a fan of the idea of a national school curriculum. I can understand why some people find it attractive. What happens to the 80,000 odd school-aged children whose families move interstate every year? How confusing it must be for them to deal with differences in curriculum. Actually, this is a very weak argument. In point of fact, the differences in the content of school courses have never been vast across the states. The lack of uniformity in the age at which children start school across the country is much more likely to trip up children whose families move interstate. There is no evidence that children who have attended schools in more than one state perform worse than those whose schooling has been in just one state. It is a classic case of a solution in search of a problem.

The lost art of discipline

Kevin Donnelly - On Line Opinion

It's ever present but rarely acknowledged. Forget arguments about school funding, whether government or non-government schools achieve the strongest results, or what is the best way to reward teachers. The real problem - and one of the main reasons so many teachers leave after three to four years in the profession - is noisy and disruptive classrooms.


Nitschke in state for right-to-die bid

Rosemary Bolger - The Examiner

High-profile right-to-die campaigner Philip Nitschke will be in Tasmania this week for what he has described as the first serious bid to legalise voluntary euthanasia in Australia since the short-lived world-first Northern Territory laws were passed in 1996. The director of Exit International has adopted a low profile in the lead-up to this week's debate on proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation, but yesterday said he was keen to watch what is expected to be a close conscience vote.


Online gamblers more at risk of addiction

Emma Hastings - Herald Sun

On-line gamblers are more likely to be at risk of becoming problem gamblers, new research shows. A survey of 4688 Australians who gamble online found 30 per cent of these people experienced low to moderate risks compared with 15 per cent of people who gamble using traditional, "offline'' means.


Why the health and wellbeing of new mothers needs to be considered

Joan Garvan - On Line Opinion

Family is one of the cornerstones in our social system but modern families face unprecedented change with very little support. This is never truer than when a family is expecting a baby. The birth of an infant still ushers in high levels of anxiety and depression in mothers, high levels of marital dissatisfaction, a spike in domestic violence and a raft of issues related to identity for women as new mothers. Many modern couples aspire to create an equal or egalitarian family but the birth of an infant often exacerbates, or introduces for the first time, quite gendered roles.

Homelessness & Poverty

Poverty gap widens across Queensland

Andree Withey - ABC

In Queensland, 12.5 per cent of the community struggle to make ends meet, as the gap between the rich and poor widens in Australia. That is 430,000 Queenslanders living in poverty, or the combined population of Cairns and Townsville in the state's far north. In Australia, poverty is defined as a single person with less than $358 of disposable income a week after housing.

Crisis is still hurting poor

Ben Schneiders - the Examiner

The fallout from the global financial meltdown continues to reverberate, with Australia's most disadvantaged experiencing a rise in social problems since the crisis began in 2008. Comprehensive research on disadvantage, produced by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute, points to a noticeable increase in social exclusion with the worst affected found to be public housing tenants.


Challenge to ACT’s laws on gay marriage will show state of play

Tim Wilson - The Australian

A challenge to the ACT’s proposed laws to introduce samesex marriage on constitutional grounds provides the certainty needed on an emotive issue and the guidance required for potential state-based schemes.


Bill Shorten elected Labor leader

Dan Harrison - SMH

Bill Shorten has been elected Labor leader, despite a clear majority of party members preferring his opponent, Anthony Albanese. Mr Shorten, 46, of the Right faction, is the first Labor leader to be elected under rules introduced by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, in which the result of a ballot of the Labor rank and file is weighted equally against a ballot of Labor MPs.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

French bill would criminalise paying for sex

France 24

Proposed legislation may outlaw paying for sex in France while giving prostitutes who are victims of sexual violence easier access to legal support. The preliminary text does not enjoy universal support.


Egypt: Boat sinking underlines wider tragedy for refugees from Syria

Sherif Elsayed-Ali - Amnesty International

Today’s shipwreck off the coast of Alexandria that drowned at least 12 people, many believed to be refugees from Syria, highlights the crushing life-and-death decisions facing many who fled to Egypt to escape Syria’s armed conflict, Amnesty International said.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iran: Woman who converted to Christianity jailed

Adnkronos International

A court in Tehran has sentenced to four years in prison an Iranian woman who converted to Christianity, the Iranpressnews website reported on Friday.

Newman push for bikie deportations

Michael McKenna - The Australian

The mandatory deportation of foreigners with bikie links and criminal convictions is being pushed by the Newman government as part of a raft of proposed state and federal legislative changes to crack down on the gangs.

SA Attorney-General John Rau to discuss changing laws to allow police to dismantle bikie clubhouses

Daniel Wills - The Advertiser

SA Attorney-General John Rau will meet police this week to discuss changing underused laws aimed at allowing officers to dismantle bikie fortresses, but insists South Australia's regime is no different to that in Victoria, which led to gates being torn off a clubhouse last week.