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

Budget pain hits Illawarra poor

Wollongong Advertiser

The term ‘‘sharing the pain’’ was prominent when Treasurer Joe Hockey delivered the federal government’s budget on May 13. This angered Dr Linda Tucker from the Illawarra Legal Centre, who believes the most vulnerable in the community – the young unemployed and the elderly – will pay the heaviest price under measures outlined in the budget, such as tough new rules for Newstart allowances for under 30s.

Children & Family

Poorest families pay most in budget

Tom Allard - The Age

The poorest 20 per cent of Australian families will pay $1.1 billion more into government coffers than the richest households as a result of the budget, highlighting the huge inequity in the government's four-year blueprint for fiscal repair.


Students of anger and ugly showdowns: 800 protesters break through police lines at Town Hall

The Daily Telegraph

Student anger over fees flared into violence yesterday as Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the possibility of tax cuts in the next term of parliament in a bid to quell voter outrage over the Budget. In Sydney a student protest turned violent after marchers clashed with police trying to move them on from an impromptu sit-in at one of the CBD’s biggest intersections.


Should Jesus be used to induct kids into sports gambling 


Should Jesus be used to induct kids into sports gambling? ACL's Dan Flynn speaks with 3AW Neil Mitchell.


NSW vaccination objector numbers surge by 15 per cent after government changed childcare rules

Jane Hansen - The Daily Telegraph

The number of NSW parents objecting to immunisation has jumped 15 per cent in 12 months new government figures show. In 2013, the NSW government changed the rules for entry to childcare in response to a Sunday and Daily Telegraph campaign aimed at raising immunisation rates after alarming pockets of low coverage emerged.


Long-term approach needed to improve indigenous health

Paul Dawson - AFR

The health status of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remains unacceptable, with them experiencing a significantly higher incidence of disease and morbidity, as well as lower life expectancy than the average Australian population.


Jarrod Bleijie bends on party funding 


Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has backed down from controversial changes to political funding that could have stifled emerging parties.


Nauru detainees informed about refugee resettlement in Cambodia

Karen Barlow - Yahoo News

Some asylum seekers at the Australian-run immigration processing centre on Nauru have been advised they will be sent to Cambodia if found to be refugees.

Asylum boat sank because of ‘too many people’, Perth court told

Kaitlyn Offer - Perth Now

An Indonesian fishing boat packed with more than 200 asylum seekers sunk because there were too many people on board, a Perth court has been told. Navy officers who helped in the rescue of about 100 survivors of a fatal June 2012 voyage have given evidence in the trial of two Indonesian nationals accused of being crewmen in the people smuggling mission.


Embrace the truth of more blessed to give than receive

Claire Van Ryn - The Examiner

"The age of entitlement is over. It has to be replaced, not with an age of austerity, but with an age of opportunity." That was Treasurer Joe Hockey in his budget address on Tuesday night. "Yes!" I wanted to bellow from my lounge-chair arena, like some footy head on a Friday night. At the risk of opening a can of worms here, I will say that it's been really interesting listening to the roar of dissent from different corners of the community.