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.


Foetus dolls sent to pollies as abortion debate continues


Tasmanian politicians considering possible changes to the state's abortion laws have been sent foetus dolls and photographs of dead babies by anonymous campaigners.

NZ festival bans anti-abortion float


An anti-abortion float containing a two-metre model of a foetus has been banned from taking part in the Alexandra Blossom Festival in New Zealand. Festival organisers have deemed the float too offensive to appear in the 57th annual procession through the Central Otago town on Saturday.


Complaints against Vodafone ad dismissed by Advertising Standards Board

Jasmin Lill - Quest Newspapers

The Advertising Standards Board has dismissed complaints against Vodafone’s controversial “kidult” ad. Angry viewers had accused the telco of sexualising children in its latest Discover the New TV campaign. Some scenes showed babies’ faces digitally superimposed on adult bodies wearing tight-fitting dresses.


Euthanasia legislation looks doomed to fail


Legislation to legalise voluntary euthanasia in Tasmania looks doomed to fail. Tasmania's Lower House is preparing to debate a bill to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives.

Nitschke hails PM on right to die

Rachel Baxendale - The Australian

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke is "heartened" to see Tony Abbott engaging with the issue in a pragmatic manner, but there is "a long way to go". The Prime Minister told Fairfax Radio's Neil Mitchell yesterday issues surrounding euthanasia were "best left to the discretion of doctors and patients". Asked about the Tasmanian parliament's possible introduction of voluntary euthanasia, Mr Abbott said he did not support euthanasia, but "Tasmania is entitled to do what Tasmania thinks best".


Legal pitfalls of gay marriage

Patrick Parkinson - Canberra Times

The momentum towards enactment of the Marriage Equality Bill in the ACT would appear to be unstoppable. It is a government bill, and with the supporting vote of the Greens' member, it will pass. Nonetheless, when a bandwagon is hurtling towards a cliff, someone needs to say something to protect the passengers. In the case of this bill, the dangers arise from its family law implications.

Living in the past-a: Barilla suggests gays can 'eat another' pasta

Giles Hardie - SMH

An executive of the Italy-based pasta maker Barilla has apologised for hurting anyone’s “sensitivity” after saying the company would never feature gay families in its advertisements.

Overseas Aid

Foreign aid cuts: saving lives is a low priority

Mike Steketee - ABC

We used to think there were some issues that were too important to drag into the political bear pit and foreign aid was one of them. This is no longer the case, writes Mike Steketee.


Shorten urges Labor to diversify quota system

Bianca Hall - The Age

Labor leadership aspirant Bill Shorten has proposed broadening the party's quota system to include gay and lesbian candidates and indigenous Australians to improve their underrepresentation in Parliament.

Milne's Greens 'marching to slow death'

Bianca Hall - SMH

On her way out of the party-room meeting that returned Christine Milne as Greens leader on Monday morning, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young walked past a table of journalists at Aussies Cafe at Parliament House. To their bewilderment, Senator Hanson-Young matter-of-factly announced that her party had just returned a leader that would see the party ''marching to a slow death''.

Milne's role under siege as Greens voters head for hills

Joe Kelly - the Australian

Divisions are deepening within the Greens as current counting shows their support has collapsed by a third since 2010 with more than half a million voters deserting the party at the September 7 election.

Prostitution, Sex Trafficking & Child Labour

Cigarettes coming in from countries using children to grow tobacco

Jill Stark - Canberra Times

Australia's cigarette trade is being propped up by the exploitation of children - new figures reveal $16 million worth of tobacco grown in countries using cheap child labour is being imported every year.

With special courts, state aims to steer women away from sex trade

Michael Appleton - The New York Times

New York State is creating a statewide system of specialized criminal courts to handle prostitution cases and provide services to help wrest human- and sex-trafficking victims from the cycle of exploitation and arrest, the state’s chief judge announced on Wednesday. The initiative is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.


Death and diplomacy uneasy bedfellows as Abbott strives for accord with Jakarta

Michael Bachelard - Fairfax Media

As Tony Abbott's limousine sweeps into the presidential palace in Jakarta on Monday afternoon for his much anticipated meeting with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, about nine hours' drive away Indonesian agencies will still be searching for the bodies of dead children in the surf.

Asylum seeker boat sank 50 metres off Indonesian shore, survivors say

George Roberts - ABC

Survivors from an asylum seeker boat that sank off Indonesia say the boat returned to land after it hit trouble in rough seas and sank only 50 metres from the shore.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Syria: Maaloula Christians say town Muslims took part in attack

Fady Noun - Asia News

"Christians and Muslims had always lived in an atmosphere of mutual trust; the attack on Maaloula has created a lot of distress." Islamists have invaded homes and continue to threaten the village, site of ongoing clashes between rebels and the army. The families who fled to Damascus and Beirut tell their story. The goal is to drive out Christians in order to eliminate Christianity.

Sexualisation of Society

Experiment that convinced me online porn is the most pernicious threat facing children today: By ex-lads' mag editor

Martin Daubney - Daily Mail

The moment I knew internet pornography had cast its dark shadow over the lives of millions of ordinary British teenagers will live with me for ever. I was sitting in the smart drama hall of a specialist sports college in the North of England with a fantastic reputation.


What do transgenders really need?

Roslyn Phillips - On Line Opinion

Alice suffers from anorexia nervosa. She hates her skinny body. She thinks she’s fat. She eats as little as possible and exercises every day – sometimes to absurd levels. Should schools reinforce her distorted self-perception? Should her teachers agree with her that she’s fat, facilitate her extreme exercise regimes, and not try to help her overcome her mental problem? If we say ‘no’ to such an idea, why would we support a different policy for those who hate their bodies because they believe they are the wrong sex?