potnACL 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

Victorian Government failing former wards of the state: Children's Commissioner


The Victorian Government is failing its obligations as a parent to wards of the state with its treatment of young people leaving residential care, the state's Children's Commissioner says.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Families permitted to use anonymous sperm donors to conceive brother or sister

Kirsty Needham - SMH

Women wanting to use an anonymous sperm donor to complete a family with assisted reproductive technology have been given a reprieve by the NSW government. Anonymous sperm donation has been illegal in NSW since 2010, but a five-year exemption was given to women who had already conceived one child using an anonymous donor, and wanted to complete their family using the same donor.

Drugs & Alcohol

Teens taking alcohol cue from parents: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre study

Kate Hagan - SMH

Teenagers whose parents supply them with alcohol in early adolescence are three times more likely to be drinking full serves by age 16 than those whose parents do not supply alcohol, a study has found.


Don't-tell doctors supporting secret euthanasia deaths

Julia Medew - The Age

The man was obviously emotional, recalls Simon Benson. But he did not cry. Instead he asked what was possibly the hardest question of his life: How can I help my mother die?


Bill of rights would kill referendum, says Tony Abbott

Dennis Shanahan & Paul Kelly - The Australian 

Tony Abbott has warned against moves to turn the proposed referendum on constitutional recognition of indigenous people into a charter of rights and racial non-discrimination, declaring it will "fail" if it becomes a de facto bill of rights.

Applicants to miss out as Coalition shifts posts on indigenous funding

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Tough new criteria governing the Abbott government's radical indigenous funding model mean many applicants will miss out. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion will announce today that the first round of the $4.8 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy will open for funding applications for six weeks.


Churches urge court to act on gay marriage 


The Mormon church and four religious organisations are asking the US Supreme Court to settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement on Friday, said it joined a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to hear Utah's marriage case.


After stopping the boats, Australia can take in more endangered refugees 

Wyatt Roy - The Australian 

As part of the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program, I recently spent a week on operations out of Darwin with military and Customs personnel who protect Australia's borders and offshore maritime interests.

New UN human rights chief attacks Australia over asylum seeker rights 'violations'  

Michael Gordon - SMH

Australia has been accused of a "chain of human rights violations" in its treatment of asylum seekers by the incoming United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Hundreds march against ISIS in Melbourne  


About 500 people have marched in an anti-Islamic State protest through the city streets of Melbourne, demanding world leaders stand up to the terrorist group. Demonstrators, walking behind makeshift cardboard coffins of an adult and child, also demanded the government and the United Nations help those being targeted by the terror group.