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.




Parting shot as abortion central shuts its doors

Kelly Ip - The Standard

It was a fight to the bitter end for Hong Kong Central Hospital as pro-life activists staged a vigil on the last day of its operations to mourn its history of abortions.

Children & Family

Figures show alarming number of foster children no one wants

Herald Sun

The disturbing extent of revolving-door foster care for South Australian children has been revealed in figures released by the Office of the Guardian for Children. They show that more than one-third of the 2491 children under the guardianship of the state had lived in five or more foster homes, care centres and hotels.

The welfare of our children is up to all of us

Sue Packer - The Punch

It is National Child Protection Week, 2- 8 September and again, we know that more than 30,000 Australian children have been abused and neglected in the past year. This figure has never substantially improved since we first began to consider the problem and we, as a community, continue to respond as if we are powerless in this distressing situation.

Drugs & Alcohol

Billions failing to stem jail drug flow

Adam Shand & Chip Le Grand - The Australian

Prison authorities are failing to cut the supply of illicit drugs and alcohol inside jails yet have largely avoided public scrutiny, despite the billions spent on strategies rarely evaluated or even made public.

Family key to youth drug abuse recovery

Michelle Henderson - Herald Sun

Young people are more likely to recover from drug and alcohol problems if they can resolve any conflicts with their families, a snapshot of Victorian youth shows.


Dutch debate euthanasia of their prince

Michael Cook - BioEdge

Nearly six months ago Prince Friso, the son of Queen Beatrix, of the Netherlands, was buried in an avalanche while skiing in Austria. By the time he was rescued, he had already suffered severe brain damage.


Indigenous MPs want local control of schools, councils

Amos Aikman - The Australian

Control of councils, schools, housing and some businesses could be handed to indigenous community boards as four new Aboriginal MPs prepare to enter the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly.


Same-sex marriage crusaders ask Supreme Court to stand down

Robert Barnes - Washington Post

Ted Olson, former solicitor general for President George W. Bush and stalwart of the conservative establishment, shocked the legal world three years ago when he announced his crusade on behalf of same-sex marriage.


Gillard to outline school funding shake-up

Kerrin Binnie - ABC News

Government schools are expected to be the big winners when Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces the Government's response to the Gonski report later today. The Gonski review into school funding recommended the Government spend an extra $5 billion on public and private schools, allocate money on a per student basis, and give more funding to schools in poorer areas.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Former sex-trade victim offers warning for teens

CTV News

The young woman, whose name cannot be revealed by law, was a 16-year-old drug addict taking everything from heroin and cocaine to ecstasy when she first started selling her body.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pakistan 'Koran plot' imam remanded in blasphemy case

BBC News

A Pakistani imam has been remanded in custody, accused of planting pages of the Koran among burnt pages in the bag of a Christian girl held for blasphemy. The girl was detained two weeks ago near the capital Islamabad after an angry mob demanded she be punished.


Foreign Minister Bob Carr warns of 180,000 boatpeople

Joe Kelly & Peter Alford - The Australian

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has warned that Australia's entire migrant intake of 180,000 could be occupied by those brought here by people-smugglers if the trade were allowed to flourish.

Videos to deter asylum seekers

Davie Wroe

Asylum seekers will be warned off trying to reach Australia by boat in a series of new videos and posters telling them they could be sent to Nauru or Manus and will not be processed faster than people who wait in refugee camps.


We have blood on our hands, says Liberal MP

Stephanie Peatling - The Age

The Liberal MP Mal Washer says he feels he has blood on his hands for the latest deaths of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. His comments came as the Defence Force released the names of the three men shot dead by a rogue Afghan sergeant - a father from Sydney, a soldier on his first tour and a ''larrikin'' soldier.