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 & Family

Tony Abbott launching plan to stop domestic violence, forced marriages and female genital mutilation

Herald Sun

Authorities will crack down on forced marriages, female genital mutilation and the abuse of migrant spouses under a new national plan to stop violence against women. Prime Minister Tony Abbott will today launch the $100 million Second Action Plan to stop domestic violence, which will also see state and territory governments commit to work on implementing a national scheme for domestic violence orders.

Drugs & Alcohol

Tasmanian Government gives mixed signals on medical cannabis trials


Tasmania has had a successful pharmaceutical poppy industry for decades and advocates say that makes the state an ideal home for a medicinal cannabis industry.

Lockout laws pocket more than $90,000 in fines from drunks refusing move-on directions

Ben Pike - Daily Telegraph

New lockout laws driving drunk punters on to the streets have raised a record amount of fines from drinkers who refuse to go home. Police have issued $90,600 in fines this financial year to drinkers for the offence “continue intoxicated behaviour after move-on direction”.


WA Speaks survey shows 83 per cent of West Australians support voluntary euthanasia

Perth Now

Most West Australians support voluntary euthanasia. Yet just 11 of WA’s 95 politicians this week said they would back new state-based laws to make it legal. The WA Speaks Survey of more than 6000 people found 83 per cent support voluntary euthanasia.

Human Rights

Racial discrimination: more than 50 councils urge Brandis to drop changes

Gabrielle Chan - The Guardian

They all support the importance of section 18C, which prohibits offensive behaviour based on racial hatred.


Crisis as sex abuse epidemic hits Cape

The Australian

An Aboriginal community in Queensland has a rate of sexually transmitted infections 50 times the state average, according to a report that highlights a shocking culture of rape and underage sex.


Labor leads as Campbell Newman declines: Newspoll

The Australian

Campbell Newman’s government has fallen behind Labor in support for the first time, with the Premier’s personal popularity also continuing to slide as he gears up to lead the Liberal National Party to an election due early next year.


Refugee boat from India? Scott Morrison is not saying

David Crowe - The Australian

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today insisted there was no at-sea emergency concerning reported new boatloads of asylum seekers headed for Australia, including at least one from India.

Sri Lanka offers ‘help’ with asylum-seekers

Paige Taylor and Amanda Hodge - The Australian

SRI Lanka stands ready to co-operate with Australia in what was shaping last night as the most public test of the Coalition’s tough asylum-seeker policy.

Sexualisation of Society

Child beauty pageants should be scrutinised over sexualisation concerns, committee recommends

Stephanie Dalzell - ABC

Child beauty pageants should be scrutinised as one of several ways to tackle the sexualisation of West Australian children, a parliamentary report has recommended.