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.



Right to life activist in Tasmania

The Examiner

The architect of some of the United States' toughest anti-abortion laws will visit Tasmania this week as part of a right to life campaign against proposed laws to decriminalise abortion. North Dakota Republican legislator Bette Grande sponsored the foetal heartbeat bill and the genetic defects bill, to ban abortions after a heartbeat has been detected and ban termination on the grounds of gender or foetal abnormality.

Children & Family

Independent Andrew Wilkie says he lost his marriage to Kate Burton because of the stress of the hung parliament

Jennifer Crawley - The Courier Mail

Outspoken Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says the pressure-cooker environment of a hung parliament cost him his marriage ... and admits he would give up his high-profile career in a heartbeat if he could be reunited with the love of his life. Mr Wilkie's 10-year relationship with Kate Burton, the mother of his two daughters Olive, 6, and Rose, 5, ended a year ago, with the federal MP for Denison blaming the "enormous pressure" of entering federal parliament in 2010 for the breakdown of his marriage.

Investors to face parental leave hit


Self-funded retirees and mum and dad investors could be the biggest losers from the coalition gold plated paid parental leave scheme to the tune of $1.6 billion.

Drugs & Alcohol

AFL players accused of supplying cocaine

Carly Crawford - Herald Sun

AFL players have been accused of supplying cocaine to one another as part of an off-season drug culture that is severely under-reported in official league data.

Binge drinking: why punitive measures alone are not enough

Adam Szmerling - On Line Opinion

Who's up for another round here? I'm not talking about another round of drinks. I'm referring to another discussion on an alarming problem that is pervasive through all demographics and geographical regions of this country. A problem that is destroying young lives every single day. Staggeringly, 13% of all deaths for 14-17 year old Australians relate to alcohol.

Australian teens are going off smoking but are bingeing on spirits and beer at unsupervised parties

Tony Love - Sunday Mail

They may have nearly all stopped smoking, but three quarters of Australian high school students have tried alcohol.


Video game addiction 'leads to gambling'

Alex Druce - The Examiner

A Tasmanian youth mental health advocate fears that young people addicted to video games will be more likely to develop a gambling problem.

Human Rights

The meaning of religious freedom and the future of human rights

George Pell - ABC

Context is always essential for understanding and so it is with religious freedom. Therefore, before discussing religious freedom in Australia it might be helpful to look briefly outside our own patch, outside our own English-speaking tribes, outside the Anglosphere.

Maldives rape victim spared the lash after global anger

Jane Merrick - Independent

A 15-year-old girl who faced 100 lashes in the Maldives after she was raped by her step-father has had the sentence overturned following an international campaign.


Gay marriage support up but it won't change poll

Chris Johnson - SMH

Celebrities recruited in gay marriage push as poll reveals even people who agree with the policy say it won't influence their vote.

Same-sex marriage trumps religious liberty in New Mexico

Ryan T. Anderson - Heritage blog

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a Christian photographer’s ability to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony—even when doing so would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs. As Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, explained: “The message a same-sex commitment ceremony communicates is not one I believe.”

Multiple partner relationships could become norm, says BBC

Jo Fidgen - Christian Org

Monogamy is out of fashion and polyamorous relationships, involving multiple partners, could become the norm, a controversial BBC investigation has said.


Syria child refugees top one million


Syrian refugees cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point in Dahuk, 430km northwest of Baghdad. Source: AP

THE number of children who have fled war-torn Syria has hit one million, and two million have been displaced within their homeland's borders by the conflict, the UN says.

PNG suspends asylum talks

The Australian

Papua New Guinea has suspended discussions with Australia on the resettlement of refugees, as its most senior immigration official warned that serious breaches of the asylum-seeker undertakings could "jeopardise implementation" of Kevin Rudd's offshore solution. There are now no discussions between the Australian and PNG governments about the resettlement of refugees on Manus Island.