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.


Charities & NFP

Charities commission to get Senate lifeline: hopes

Judith Ireland - The Canberra Times

The charities watchdog could be thrown a lifeline in the new Senate, with the Palmer United Party and other key crossbench senators yet to make up their minds over how to vote on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.


Ad watchdog rules against another ‘obscene’ Wicked Campers slogan


For the third time in a matter of weeks Wicked Campers has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) over a slogan on one of its vans which the ASB ruled was derogatory, adding the obscene language was not appropriate for outdoor display.

Drugs & Alcohol

NSW University study: half of teenagers do not drink alcohol

News Limited

More than half the nation’s teenagers are shunning alcohol to become teetotallers as the internet consumes more of their time. Thirteen years ago only one in three teens aged 14-17 abstained from alcohol and the dramatic change in drinking behaviour has occurred even though alcohol has become cheaper and advertising restrictions remain negligible.


Dear Fashion Industry: here’s your skinny model code of conduct

Mia Freedman - Mamamia

In a candid and commendably honest interview, Alex Perry told Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson that he’d had “a lapse of judgement” and that the footage made him cringe when he watched it back. When pushed about the fact that it wasn’t just Cassi but many of the models in his and other shows who were drastically underweight, Alex pointed out that it was an industry-wide problem.

Human Rights

Compromise suggested on changes to Racial Discrimination Act

Katharine Murphy - The Guardian 

The Abbott government can salvage its divisive proposal to overhaul the Racial Discrimination Act with a compromise that would see it stick with its favoured wording, but make the protections against hate speech actually meaningful, according to the president of the Human Rights Commission.


Radical revamp planned for AEC

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian

The Australian Electoral Com­mission would be radically transformed and have some key functions hived off, under proposals the major political parties are considering to avoid a repeat of bungles that forced the $23 million Senate vote re-run in Western Australia.

Faulkner's reforms needed for disgraced Labor

Rodney Cavalier - ABC

Senator John Faulkner's proposed changes to the rules of the NSW ALP branch are necessary for a party that has allowed corruption to flourish, writes Rodney Cavalier.

Six years of this madness

The West Australian

WA's newest and most mysterious senator Dio Wang surfaced in Queensland yesterday but still refused to talk about his controversial win and his role as the man who clinched Palmer United Party's newfound balance of power. Mr Wang, who had not been seen publicly since polling day, was silent and sidelined by his party leader at a bizarre press conference called to celebrate his win.


Gay AFL players urged not to hide their sexuality

Jessica Howard and Jessica Wright - The Age

A prominent openly gay Australian Rules footballer has urged other gay footballers to come out, as the major sporting codes came together in a forum to tackle homophobia in sports.

Our linguistic lag on all things sex

Roland Sussex - ABC

English has been rather slow in finding terms for people who don't identify as "male" or "female", and a recent High Court decision makes this issue all the more pressing, writes Roland Sussex. The High Court's decision in favour of Norrie May-Welby's campaign to register as a person of "non-specific" sex has more than just legal and social implications.