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.



The painful quest of fertility junkies

Miriam Zoll and Pamela Tsigdinos - Mercator Net

A US$4 billion industry is selling its products to desperate and vulnerable women. On Sunday in New York City, a trade show called Fertility Planit will showcase the latest inventions in the world of reproductive medicine under a banner that reads: “Everything You Need to Create Your Family.” Two dozen sessions will feature many of the sponsors’ products and therapies, with an emphasis on hopeful breakthroughs ranging from genetic testing to embryo thawing techniques to genome sequencing.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

More parents defy law with overseas surrogacy

Amy Corderoy - SMH

A sharp rise in Australian children born in India shows laws criminalising commercial surrogacy are doing nothing to stop parents going overseas to find birth mothers for their children, surrogacy advocates say.


We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC

Graham Lloyd - The Australian

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest assessment reportedly admits its computer drastically overestimated rising temperatures, and over the past 60 years the world has in fact been warming at half the rate claimed in the previous IPCC report in 2007.


Physician-assisted suicide: Poll shows divide among experts

Bahar Gholipour - Live Science

Medical experts in the United States remain divided in their opinion of whether physician-assisted suicide should be legal, a new poll suggests, indicating that the way in which patients die and the role of palliative care will remain issues of much debate.


AFL boss Andrew Demetriou details threat of match-fixing syndicates in letter to State Government

Stephen Drill - Herald Sun

The AFL has warned the State Government that Asian match-fixing syndicates could infiltrate the league. And in a bid to protect the game from international crime gangs, the AFL wants new laws introduced so that its integrity officers can gain access to police intelligence.

Victorian detectives bust alleged soccer match-fixing syndicate

Nick McKenzie, Nino Bucci and Richard Baker - Canberra Times

Victorian detectives have swooped on a match fixing syndicate operating from Victoria’s Premier League professional soccer division. Fairfax Media can reveal that international match fixing syndicates run by organised criminals have been fixing soccer matches in Australia, making hundreds of thousands of dollars on Asian betting markets.


Voters cool on same-sex unions

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

Same-sex marriage was a low priority for most Australians when voting last Saturday, with jobs, healthcare, education and border security clearly the top issues. Same-sex marriage ranked ninth overall as an issue of importance, with only 13 per cent of voters putting it in their top three priorities.

Territory to legalise same-sex marriage

Lisa Cox and Peter Jean - Canberra Times

The ACT government will introduce a bill on Thursday to legalise same-sex marriage in the territory and has vowed to fight off any federal or court challenge to the laws.

Christians urge overrule of gay marriage law

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The Australian Christian Lobby will exert pressure on Tony Abbott's new government to use its powers to override the ACT's proposed gay marriage laws by passing a bill through both houses of federal parliament.


Time for the major parties to acknowledge their significant others

Richard Denniss and Brenton Prosser - On Line Opinion

Australia has listened, it has voted and it has decided. Australia wants political arrangements 'other' than what the major parties intended.

Where the ALP lost its long-time supporters

John Black - The Australian

Last Saturday, in polling booths inside $14.2 billion worth of new school halls constructed under Labor's Building the Education Revolution program, a bare 33.9 per cent of Australian electors voted for Labor candidates. It was the lowest primary vote won by the ALP since 1903, when the fledgling party won 31 per cent of the primary vote.

Sex Party hot on ALP's heels for Senate spot

Bianca Hall - SMH

The Sex Party is within a nudge and a wink of getting a senator up in Tasmania, with party co-founder Robbie Swan running third on preferences behind the Liberal Party and the Palmer United Party.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

The degradation of Christian women under Islam

Raymond Ibrahim - Gatestone Institute

The degradation of Christian women living in the Islamic world continued in the month of June. In Syria, after the al-Qaeda linked rebel group conquered Qusair, a city of the governate of Homs, 15-year-old Mariam was kidnapped, repeatedly gang raped according to a fatwa legitimizing the rape of non-Sunni women by any Muslim waging jihad against Syria's government, and then executed.

Christians targeted in Middle East conflicts

Harry Sterling - Times Colonist

These are grim days for Christians in Egypt and Syria. Ominously, black “X” signs began appearing on the walls of Christian churches in Egypt and other buildings associated with Egypt’s Coptic Christians. According to Christian groups calling for help from Canada and other countries, the black Xs are intended to identify targets for enraged Muslims to attack during the violence in Egypt unleashed following the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s President Muhammad Morsi by the Egyptian military.


Unlikely alliance

The Australian

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has won the support of the Australian Christian Lobby in her battle with photoshopping lads mag ZOO Weekly. The ACL says ZOO's decision to place the Senator's head on the body of a lingerie-clad model is demeaning to her and "every other Australian woman, old and young alike, who aspire to be taken seriously in their chosen profession"