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.



Children & Family

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie orders law review to consider allowing inquests into deaths of stillborn babies

Kelmeny Fraser & Kay Dibben - The Courier Mail

Inquests into the deaths of stillborn babies in Queensland will be considered under potential changes to the Coroner's Act. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said his department was reviewing whether the Act should be changed to allow coronial inquiries into the deaths of babies before they were delivered.

Drugs & Alcohol

Teen cannabis users more likely to quit school or attempt suicide: study

Sophie Scott - ABC

Teenagers who regularly use cannabis before they turn 17 are much more likely to drop out of high school or university, or attempt suicide, than those who never smoked a new study has found.

More pilots are testing positive for drugs, US study shows


Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study.

Last drinks: Boozing kills three Victorians a day

Grant McArthur - Herald Sun

Excessive drinking causes the death of three Victorians a day, 18 assaults and puts another 81 people in hospital, according to a disturbing report. Alcohol-fuelled family violence has also skyrocketed 85 per cent in a decade.


Euthanasia submission from Katy Gallagher, Shane Rattenbury call for ACT laws

Kirsten Lawson - The Canberra Times

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens' Shane Rattenbury have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.

Homelessness & Poverty

Wentworth Park homeless raising ire of community 

Michael Koziol - SMH

Lenny Mitcherson and Leonie Valentine woke to the sound of strangers dismantling their home. From beneath a tarpaulin, they could hear someone removing the steel bars keeping their shanty fortress upright.


Indigenous gap is not closing, getting worse in some cases

Amy Corderoy - SMH

The life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians has not improved in more than 10 years and in some areas of health is getting worse, a report has found.


Scott Morrison proposes releasing asylum seekers onto Australian mainland under TPV plan

Sarah Whyte - The Age

Asylum seekers who arrived by boat last year could be offered temporary protection visas and allowed to live in the Australian mainland community, in a major policy backflip by the Abbott government.


AFL reassesses Brunei deal amid anti-gay law outrage

Nick Toscano - The Age

The AFL says it is reassessing a lucrative sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines amid international condemnation of Brunei's new anti-gay laws. AFL Europe – the governance body for the sport across Europe – had previously promoted a year-long deal with the state-owned airline as its "biggest-ever sponsorship" agreement.

Why the black Shahada flag doesn't belong to Islamic State militants

Lin Taylor - SBS

When a black flag, often seen used by Islamic State militants, was auctioned off at a western Sydney mosque, it sparked controversy and anger. But what does this Shahada flag actually represent, and what is its significance?