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.



Irish pro-life campaigners vow to fight new abortion law

Michael Kelly - Catholic Herald

Irish pro-life campaigners have vowed to work to repeal a new law that permits abortion in limited circumstances. President Michael D Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill on Tuesday after tense parliamentary debates during which several legislators resigned.


News from the 'burbs

Lesley Hunter-Nolan - ABC

A helicopter that hauled an advertisement for Sexpo through the airspace above a Brisbane school has been reported to the advertising standards watchdog. The Australian Christian Lobby's Queensland director Wendy Francis complained to the Advertising Standards Board after a student photographed the ad as it flew over the school. "It appears that now, even at school, our children and young adults are not free from the overt attempts of the adult industry to groom them for future revenue," she said.

Drugs & Alcohol

Smokers hit with $5 billion tax increase

Simon Benson - The Daily Telegraph

Smokers will be forced to cough up an extra $1.3 billion a year in tax to help Kevin Rudd plug an ever-deepening budget black hole and alleviate pressure on the health system. From December this year the average price of a packet of cigarettes will rise by $1 - and will continue to increase to $5.25 more a packet by 2016, in a staged increase over four years of 12.5 per cent.


Tarkine mine fight to resume

Matthew Denholm - The Australian

Work to construct a new iron-ore mine in Tasmania's Tarkine is due to start within days, creating a potential flashpoint in the conflict between mining and conservation in the region. Perth-based Shree Minerals yesterday told The Australian it would begin work at the Nelson Bay River site "soon", while government expected site works to start next week.


UK Court refuses to impose legal euthanasia

Wesley J. Smith - National Review

A UK Court of Appeals has refused to impose legalized euthanasia on the country. British appeals court upheld a law against euthanasia in rejecting appeals from two severely disabled men who argued that doctors should be allowed to legally kill them.

World Medical Association opposes euthanasia

Wesley J. Smith - Life Site News

The world’s professional medical associations overwhelmingly oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide. The World Medical Association reiterated its strong such commitment to the ethical practice medicine this year.


ACMA announces new codes of practice for broadcasters and officially bans live-odds betting during sports matches

Daniel Wills - Herald Sun

Australia's broadcasting authority has banned live-odds advertising during sports matches, following a South Australian move to do the same, using new codes of practice . The change means there are now bans on promoting betting odds during play, and for half an hour before and after the game. Representatives of gambling companies will also have to be clearly identified, rather than appear as part of the broadcast team.

Women's plight a front for pokies addict


A self-proclaimed champion of battered women repeatedly stole money earmarked for domestic violence victims to feed her gambling habit, a judge has been told. Anne Elizabeth Dalton had “a narcissistic sense of entitlement and her hubris in this offending has been breathtaking”, prosecutor Peter Longson told the South Australian District Court.


Health study shows men more at risk than women

Alison Andrews - The Examiner

Young Australian men are three times more likely to die from suicide, transport accidents, drowning or accidental poisoning than women the same age, says a new health study released today. The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on men's health found that the leading causes of death among males also differed significantly by age group.

Police to tackle mental health

Emma Partridge - SMH

Every front-line police officer across NSW will receive specialised mental health training, in a course to be introduced as early as next month, police say. The one-day course for all beat police comes after several high-profile cases in recent years involving the fatal shooting of mentally ill people.


Indigenous leaders gather for grog summit

Neda Vanovac - AAP

More than half a century after artist Albert Namatjira was given Australian citizenship and the right to drink, indigenous leaders have gathered at the site of his former camp to discuss ways to loosen the grip of alcohol on their communities.


Trans and intersex people excluded from marriage bill

Serkan Ozturk - Star Observer

A proposed same-sex marriage bill under consideration in NSW Parliament may exclude trans and intersex people from getting married in the state.


Sir Lunchalot was always hungry

Linton Besser - SMH

In the 1980s, as his career was beginning to take off, Ian Macdonald was caught rorting his expenses. When confronted, he told a senior public servant: ''I have grown up with nothing, and I am going to get everything I can get.'' With the findings of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Mr Macdonald has gone from a man notorious for demanding a free lunch to a crook who swindled taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars. The story of Ian Michael Macdonald is now one of sleaze, corruption and theft.

Eddie Obeid, Ian Macdonald acted corruptly, ICAC finds

Rachel Olding and Georgia Waters - SMH

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has handed down its findings after the state's most sensational corruption inquiry.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

How the FBI busted 159 suspected child-prostitute pimps in 72 hours

Peter Weber - The Week

The sex trafficking of young girls "is a shocking underworld, one that Americans usually associate with faraway places" like Thailand and Cambodia, say Jake Tapper and Sherisse Pham at CNN. This sting is a reminder of "the terrifying reality that human trafficking is a real, and widespread, problem in the U.S."


Lies break a mother's heart on the high seas

John Ferguson - The Australian

As Masouma Jafari slowly recounts how her baby boy was lost to the relentless Indian Ocean - and how a $25,000 investment with people-smugglers in three countries turned into a death warrant for her youngest son - she looks to husband Ali for answers. He has none. Ten-week-old Abul Fazal Jafari was one of nearly 100 people on an asylum-seeker vessel 108 nautical miles north of Christmas Island on July 12, when the beginning of the end came quickly.

Haven and hell: asylum shift leaves lives in limbo

Peter Alford - The Australian

Kevin Rudd's harsh message to asylum-seekers is settling and spreading, but the result in Indonesia is deepening confusion, verging in places on complete disarray. Indonesian officials are turning people away from immigration detention centres, brutish places that asylum-seekers usually avoid at all costs, saying the camps are overburdened and have two to three-month "waiting lists".

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Slaughter: At least 45 killed In Northern Nigeria after Islamist bombings target churches, Christian-owned businesses

Morning Star News

“Suspected terrorists from the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group set off four bombs that hit two churches in Kano city on Monday night, killing at least 45 people, sources said. The Rev. Ramsey Noah, chairman of the Kano state chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, told Morning Star News by phone the Improvised Explosive Devices were planted near three churches, blasting two of them as well as nearby Christian-owned businesses. The four devices were detonated minutes apart between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Sabon Gari area of the city, sources said.