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 & FamilySociety wedded to fallacies on familiesBettina Arndt - The Australian
Donor Conception & SurrogacyWomen 'may fall prey' to birth payNatasha Bita - The Australian
What a revealing tribute marking the fifth season finale of the popular television drama Offspring. Comedian and actor Eddie Perfect, who plays a central role in the drama, recently wrote about how the show has morphed from a sexy exploration of relationships into a celebration of dysfunctional families.
Drugs & AlcoholAMA cautious on cannabis plan John Ferguson - The Australian
Women on welfare could be pushed into commercial surrogacy to earn cash, lawyers and feminists warned yesterday. Surrogacy Australia wants women to be paid $25,000 to $30,000 — on top of medical expenses — to act as surrogate mothers for infertile couples or gay men.
Sydney lockout laws: Health experts, local businesses at odds six months after new rules introducedLucy Carter - ABC
Victorian Labor's gamble to back legalised medical marijuana has received only cautious support from doctors, attracting warnings that more clinical trials are needed before it is used to help the seriously ill.
PoliticsCheers and jeers as ALP debates how to choose its next leaderSarah Vogler - AAP
Sydney's CBD lockout laws have reduced the number of violent attacks and injuries, but local businesses are suffering as people head to other areas to enjoy a night out on the town. Six months after the introduction of new liquor licensing laws, which imposed a 1:30am lockout and 3am last-drinks call in some parts of central Sydney, the effects of the crackdown on late-night alcohol consumption were starting to emerge.
Denis Napthine facing electoral wipeout as support crashes: NewspollJohn Ferguson - The Australian
Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged to reverse a raft of government policy changes if Labor can achieve an unlikely win at the next state election. Queensland Labor has just nine MPs in the state’s 89-seat parliament, but has been buoyed by recent polling showing it has a fighting chance at the 2015 poll against an unpopular Liberal National Party government.
Refugees 'Children saved' by detention, says Immigration Minister Scott MorrisonStefanie Balogh - The Australian
Denis Napthine's Coalition faces being swept from power as a clear majority of voters reject his government and plunge the Victorian Premier into negative leadership territory for the first time, according to the latest Newspoll.
Religious Freedom & PersecutionChurches demand safe haven for ChristiansRachel Baxendale - The Australian
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has conceded that having asylum-seeker children in detention is harmful but it is a consequence of border protections policies that are necessary to prevent children dying at sea.
Middle Eastern Christians in Australia are calling for international action to prevent mass genocide at the hands of Islamic State militants in Syria and Northern Iraq. Said Touma, the Syrian Orthodox Church Melbourne Archdeacon, and Joseph Haweil, from the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation, say simply providing aid was not enough.Iraqi Christians, Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State for Australia may miss out on visasNorman Hermant - ABC
As hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidi refugees flee Islamic State militants, family members living in Australia are hoping to secure special humanitarian visas for their loved ones. But groups representing the communities say the 4,000 places freed up by the Government are far too few.Rabbi urges Muslims to break silence Grant Taylor - The West Australian
The head of WA's Jewish community has urged Muslim leaders to condemn Islamic extremists publicly, warning that their silence is fuelling "suspicion" of their religion. Chief Rabbi David Freilich joined Christian and Muslim community members in Perth on Friday to sign a petition denouncing the rise of "Islamaphobia" in Australia.