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.



Qld govt given porn ad placement apology

News Ltd

An advertising placement company has apologised to the Queensland government for running taxpayer-funded ads on a porn website featuring nude images of male models and prominent Australian actors. A "Strong Choices" ad spruiking the need for debt reduction was placed next to a full-frontal image of a naked American male model.

Drugs & Alcohol

Desperate measures to beat the bottle

Cosima Marriner - The Age

Tim Byrnes is desperate to quit drinking. So desperate he had an implant inserted in his abdomen this week which could poison him if he hits the booze again. “This is my only chance,” Byrnes confesses. “I’m just so desperate I have to do something that is not mainstream. There is no point in ever beginning to drink now because it has the potential to kill you.”


Commission of Audit puts Canberra school excursions under threat

Noel Towell, Ben Westcott - The Canberra Times

It's a rite of passage for Australian schoolchildren - the long bus trip to Canberra to visit Parliament House and learn about the nation's democratic institutions. But the excursion is under threat after the National Commission of Audit recommended the government stop subsiding it.

Overseas Aid

Quality, not quantity, is key
(mentions ACL)

Brendan Nicholson - The Australian

Foreign aid needs to be managed more effectively and strategically targeted, says the Commission of Audit. It has also urged the government to disconnect aid funding targets from the goal of 0.5 per cent of gross national income set by the Rudd Labor government and supported by the Coalition. The focus should be on the results achieved rather than the amount of money spent, the commission said.


Liberal base ‘angry’ over debt tax, says former Howard minister Peter Reith

Pia Akerman - The Australian

Former Howard government minister Peter Reith has warned the mooted deficit levy is scaring Liberal voters as a “whopping great big new tax” going against the Abbott government’s election promises.

Give to the Liberal National Party, win a BMW

Michael McKenna - The Australian 

Queensland’s Liberal Nat­ional Party has called on “business associates’’ to help sell tickets for a new fundraising venture, raising $500,000 through its own registered lottery with a first prize of a BMW.

Bill Shorten willing to cut Labor ties to socialism 

Troy Bramston - The Australian 

Bill Shorten wants to restart debate on whether Labor should maintain its near-century-long commitment to democratic socialism and is open to removing the symbolic mission statement from the party’s constitution.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Police plan to tweet about prostitution sting as it happens

Lynh Bui - SMH

In the coming week, say police in Prince George's County, Maryland, vice officers will take to the streets to arrest people suspected of soliciting prostitutes. But in an unusual twist, they're planning to give the public an inside look at the sting operation - detailing it live on Twitter.


Let’s help the refugees without a cheer squad

Rita Panahi - Herald Sun

It's heartening that there’s at least one key election promise the Abbott Government doesn’t look like breaking: stopping the boats. The boats may have stopped but the refugees haven’t. Australia’s humanitarian intake is unaffected by unauthorised arrivals with more than 13,000 refugees to be granted visas in the 2013-14 year.

Sexualisation of Society

Sending and receiving sexually explicit messages a normal part of teenage relationships, survey finds

ABC News

A survey of Australian high school students has found that sending and receiving sexually explicit images and messages is a normal part of most teenage relationships.