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.



Bishop Joseph Devine’s Auschwitz abortion image link condemned

BBC News

Pro-choice campaigners have condemned a Scottish Roman Catholic Bishop who made comparisons between images of Nazi death camps and abortion.

Children & Family

Families SA figures show an alarming jump in number of reported child abuse cases

Bryan Littlely – Adelaide Now

Reports of suspected child abuse and neglect have risen by more than 20,000 calls in four years, latest figures from Families SA show.

Drugs & Alcohol

Booze and pot use still on a high in WA

Cathy O’Leary – The West Australian

West Australians might be drinking less alcohol and smoking less cannabis but they are still having more than the national average, a new report warns.

Keep booze out of schools, parents told

Jill Starke & Rachel Browne – The Examiner

Parents would be banned from drinking at school fetes, discos, concerts, graduation nights and sports days under a plan that aims to prevent children developing an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.


Victorian schools fail on disabilities scores

Jewel Topsfield – The Age

Students with disabilities at Victorian schools are being bullied, refused enrolment, prevented from sitting NAPLAN tests and denied access to excursions and school camps.

Free online courses will change universities

Tim Dodd – The Australian Financial Review

The internet revolution has moved to education as top universities worldwide rush to put free courses online, setting up so-called massive open online courses or MOOCs. Higher education’s traditional business model is under threat as learning from the world’s most prestigious academic experts is available to anybody with a computer and broadband access.

Poll backlash over NSW govt education cuts

The O'Farrell government is facing a public backlash over its $1.7 billion cut to the education budget, with a poll finding 70 per cent of voters oppose the measure.


Pub’s links to laundering to be investigated

Chip le Grand & Adam Shand – The Australian

Victoria’s gaming regulator is investigating a suburban pokies venue after revelations the company failed to notify authorities of a six-month pattern of suspicious activity potentially linked to money-laundering.


18,000 homeless sleep at shelters

Natasha Robinson – The Australian

More than 18,000 people, thousands of them children, are being supported by homelessness crisis services every night.


Remote indigenous funding ‘spent on officials’

Amos Aikman – The Australian

Remote indigenous communities show little signs of the billions spent to improve living conditions, with a scathing government report saying much of the extra money is wasted on bureaucracy.


No conscience vote on gay marriage: Baillieu

Farrah Tomazin – The Age

Victoria will not follow in the footsteps of others states pushing to legalise same-sex marriage, with Premier Ted Baillieu refusing to allow Liberal MPs a conscience vote on the issue.

Tasmania split on same-sex marriage

Andrew Darby – SMH

It was likely that same-sex marriage will take place in Australia by the end of the year, Australian Marriage Equality campaigner Rodney Croome said yesterday. And Tasmania will be first to decide on legislation this week. After passage through the House of Assembly, observers' counts indicate the 15 mainly independent upper house Legislative Council members are almost evenly split.


Labor looks to preference Libs over Greens

Christian Kerr – The Australian

A growing mood in Labor to preference the Coalition over the Greens has received a boost after research indicated the minor party could have had its advance stalled if the major players had preferenced each other over the Greens at the last election.

Labor must follow in Chifley’s footsteps’

Tim Lester – SMH

Labor MPs should become ''authentic and fair dinkum storytellers'' to win back Australian voters before next year's election.

Turnbull launches survey to inform NBN priorities

Naomi Woodley – ABC Online

The Federal Opposition is launching a survey to help a future Coalition government decide which areas to prioritise for faster broadband services.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Nigeria church bombed in Bauchi, Boko Haram flashpoint

BBC News

A suicide bomber has attacked a church in Bauchi, northern Nigeria, killing at least two people and injuring 48, according to the Red Cross.


Nauru has healthcare concerns

Dylan Welch – SMH

The head of health services on Nauru has asked that female and child asylum seekers not be sent to the Pacific island, and revealed the island would be unable to cope with any mental health issues of detainees.

Opposition repeats call on boats

David Wroe – The Age

The Coalition has again called for the government to reintroduce Howard-era temporary protection visas for asylum seekers arriving by boat and turning boats around when it is safe to do so.

Sexualisation of Society

DPP wins sex crime appeals

Louis Andrews – The Canberra Times

Canberra prosecutors have had a string of appeal victories challenging the leniency of judges' sentences for sex crimes as part of an ongoing prosecutorial push against sexual offenders.


Gillard to woo Africa in final stage of UN bid

Phillip Coorey – Brisbane Times

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will focus heavily on African nations while in New York this week as she leads the final concerted push for Australia to win a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Fear of violence could keep offenders in jail

ABC Online

The New South Wales Government is planning to introduce legislation to ensure violent prisoners can be kept in jail beyond the term of their sentence, if there is a fear they will re-offend.