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

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews wants first-time parents counselled

Lauren Wilson - News Corp Australia

First time mums and dads could be required to take taxpayer funded parenting classes under a Federal Government plan to improve family relationships. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews said the Federal Government could be doing more to help couples adjust to the pressures and responsibilities that come with having a child.

Drugs & Alcohol

Ice and Grindr: danger in the online playground

Tammy Mills & Tolandra Redrup - The Age

Gay men are openly trading ice on dating apps such as Grindr as soaring use of the drug raises fears it is fuelling a 20-year high in Australia's HIV diagnoses. Grindr, which has more than 63,000 active monthly users in Melbourne, connects men for casual  sex but is increasingly becoming an online playground for ice dealers.

We've lost our way in fight against alcohol abuse

Andrew Fairley - Herald Sun

There was a time when Victoria led the way on public health measures; when the state was not afraid to embrace bold measures to reduce harm and save to lives. In 1970, Victoria was the first state to require people to wear seatbelts, with other states and Territories following. 

Rally calls for freedom of choice on medical marijuana

Liam Ducey - WA Today

About 150 Perth residents threw their support behind the push for the legalisation of medical marijuana on Saturday at a rally at the Supreme Court Gardens. A heavy police presence did not deter the supporters, with many suburban families present calling for the medical legalisation of the drug.

Unease brewing over reforms

Alexandra Humphries - The Examiner 

The state government will review the reform proposals for the Liquor Licensing Act after the deadline for  submissions ended on Friday. The government said the public submissions would allow them to develop a package of reform  proposals which would be considered with the aim of improving the hospitality sector.


Pokies venues can meet childcare demand: lobby group

Tom Cowie & Kirsty Needham - The Age

More than 1000 licensed clubs can fill the childcare shortfall by opening childcare centres on their premises in exchange for tax breaks on gambling profits, the poker machine lobby says.

Homelessness & Poverty

Illawarra child poverty figures 'alarming'

Illawarra Mercury

Three in 20 children under the age of 15 are living in poverty in the Illawarra and South Coast according to a new report. Shadow minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park said the "alarming" figures compiled by the NSW Parliamentary Research Service showed the need for more support services for the region's youth.


Push for indigenous Senate seats on Abbott's mind as bush visit begins

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian 

Tony Abbott is being urged to consider dedicating up to three Senate seats for Aborigines in a New Zealand-style system to guarantee indigenous representation in the Australian parliament.


Premier Will Hodgman still Mr Popular with Tasmanian voters, poll says

Matt Smith - The Mercury

Premier Will Hodgman has grown in popularity since March when the Liberals stormed back into government after 16 years on the Opposition benches. Exclusive polling for the Sunday Tasmanian shows Mr Hodgman is the preferred Premier for 56 per cent of 2646 Tasmanians surveyed on Thursday night.


Who is Warren Truss? Poll reveals holes in Australians' grasp of politics

Lenore Taylor - The Guardian 

Warren who? Only 21% of Australians know that the deputy prime minister is Warren Truss, including just 11% of 18 to 24 year olds, according to a new survey. Of those surveyed, 4% thought the deputy prime minister was Tony Abbott.