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.



UK: Ministers in new row over abortion ruling


MP insists that terminations based on unborn child’s gender are illegal, despite prosecutor’s decision that operations may be carried out.

Children & Family

Wooden spoon spanking not abuse, says US court

Howard Mintz - The Age

San Jose, California: As far as a San Jose appeals court is concerned, parents don't need to spare the rod with their children. The court has ruled that using a wooden spoon for a spanking that causes serious bruising should not necessarily translate into a finding of child abuse.

Donor Conception, Surrogacy & IVF

Letting go of my frozen embryo

Jen Vuk - The Age

In a few days a big part of our lives will be no more. For the past six years our single surviving embryo has been in stasis; frozen in time. Here, but not here. The promise and whisper of another precious life, yes, but also its spectre. The paperwork we can no longer ignore tells us that on Thursday, 10 October, its time will be up. And my husband and I must face the final hurdle of our infertility. Letting go.

Euthanasia & Suicide

Killing the blind in euthanasia shows government guidelines are a joke

Steven Ertelt - Life News

It gets worse and worse–and yet the stories still repeat the mantra that euthanasia is implemented under “strict guidelines.” A Netherlanders woman lost her vision and was killed on request by her doctor.

Counting the cost of suicide adds up to $24m for ACT

Larissa Nicholson - The Canberra Times

Suicides in the ACT in 2012 alone will cost the economy a total of $24 million in the long run, according to a new report commissioned by a local support group. The KPMG report, commissioned by Menslink, considered the direct costs of suicide, including coronial enquiries, police and ambulance work and counselling for bereaved loved ones.


Exposing the links between gambling and suicide


The release of coronial statistics in Victoria highlights the links between problem gambling and suicide.


A risk worth taking?

The Age

The world is in the grip of a diabetes epidemic. Ten years ago GlaxoSmithKline launched a so-called wonder drug Avandia which was designed to end the misery of Type 2 diabetes. Avandia has earned GlaxoSmithKline billions of pounds in sales worldwide, but now clinicians and medical researchers in Europe and America are warning that it comes with an unacceptable and hidden cost to health.

Consumer group Choice sounds warning on tattoo removal industry


The consumer watchdog Choice has sounded a warning over the lack of regulation in the tattoo removal industry, pointing out that no medical training is required for those using lasers to remove unwanted ink from flesh. According to Choice, about a quarter of Australians under age 30 now have a tattoo, making them the most-tattooed generation to date.

Homelessness & Poverty

Let's put cranes over cities to build housing for vulnerable

Toby Hall - The Australian

Australia may or may not be on the verge of a new housing bubble, yet what is absolutely clear is that we remain in the middle of an affordability crisis. And it is a crisis that as a nation we still haven't a plan to tackle. Rising house prices affect overall housing affordability. More expensive homes lead to higher rents. The idea of affordable rent is now nothing but a fantasy for the most disadvantaged in our communities. We face the risk of even more people being pushed into this category.

Moneyless man finds happiness

Mark Boyleabc - ABC

Mark Boyle, a man who 5 years ago decided to live without money, is surviving and thriving. He has plans for a new venture and he just got engaged.

Human Rights

Child marriages on the rise in Malaysia

Business Standard

Malaysian girls under the age of 16 are not permitted to drive or buy cigarettes but they can legally get married, and are increasingly doing so. In 2012, there were around 1,165 applications for marriage in which one party, usually the bride, is younger than the legal marrying age, according to statistics from the Malaysian Shariah Judiciary Department. The Shariah Courts approved 1,022 of them.


Marriage bill may be doomed within days

Ross Peake and Lisa Cox - The Canberra Times

The fate of the ACT's same-sex marriage bill could become clear as early as Thursday. Attorney-General Simon Corbell will present information about the bill to a two-day meeting of federal, state and territory attorneys-general, amid speculation the federal government is about to challenge it.

Answers imminent on state-based marriage questions

Benjamin Riley - Star Observer

Questions around the legality of state and territory-based marriage equality could be answered as soon as the end of this week, as both the ACT and Tasmania consider the compatibility of proposed legislation with position of the Federal Government.


Don't blame systemic failure

Jody Fassina - The Australian

There has been much head-scratching and questions about how it could happen, but the rise of the micro parties - and the election of micro-party senators - isn't so much a failure of the electoral system as it is a failure of the main parties, and to an extent the Greens, to convince people to vote for them rather than lodge a protest vote with any number of choices on offer.

Jaensch: Divisive issues still threaten Labor unity

Dean Jaensch - News Limited

The Australian Labor Party should be concentrating on three closely interrelated issues: deciding its leader; then uniting behind the leader and healing the internal divisions. Then it must reform carrying out a full reform process of itself so that it can be a viable alternative government by 2016. But two issues have bubbled to the surface, even before the election dust has settled: same-sex marriage, and extending the quotas for preselection for safe and winnable Labor seats.

Palmer United Party to rule the Senate after a deal with the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party

Alicia Wood - Daily Telegraph

Clive Palmer is set to announce a partnership with the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party today, giving him the balance of power in the senate. It is understood Mr Palmer has also approached Family First to join his coalition but the party declined the offer, and he is said to be in talks with the DLP, and the Liberal Democratic Party about a similar arrangement.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Policymakers show 'lack of political will' to tackle root cause of sex trafficking

Cécile Gréboval - The Parliament

Prostitution is a form of violence against women and must be treated as such. The grim reality of prostitution and its inextricable links with trafficking were highlighted in a seminar organised by the European Women's Lobby (EWL) in the European parliament on 1 October.

Sexualisation of Society

‘You will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped’: Sinead O’Connor tells Miley Cyrus

Melinda Tankard Reist blog

Miley recently cited Irish singer Sinead O’Connor as an influence for her Wrecking Ball video. O’Connor begged to differ.


Saving lives, by redefining death

Jonathan J. Ariel - On Line Opinion

On Saturday, 5 October, the Good Weekend magazine, an insert in the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age ran an article on organ transplants, “Can you spare a kidney”, focussing on Ms Mandy Sayer wishing to donate a kidney to her dialysis reliant brother, Jason. The piece covered many aspects of the transplant process: whether to wait years for a donor in Australia or to scoot overseas for a transplant; what anti-rejection drugs are needed to accept the newly inserted organ and most interestingly, Sayer raised the issue of the type of transplant: live, deceased or “paired”.