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

Children top beneficiaries of Aussie charity

Pro Bono Australia

Children are most likely to directly benefit from Australian charities, according to data collected by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Data from charities that have already submitted their 2013 Annual Information Statements to the ACNC show that children are the most nominated beneficiaries of charities, followed by the general community, youth, women and aged persons.


Adelaide Festival says controversial art-house film River of Fundament is shocking but not pornographic

Sally Brookes - The Advertiser

The chief executive of the Adelaide Festival has defended the organisation’s choice to screen a controversial art-house film with explicit content, and says she does not consider the film pornographic. The near-six-hour film, River of Fundament, premiered in New York this month and will be screened for the first time in Australia at the Adelaide Festival. The film, by New York artist Matthew Barney, has been labelled a “torrent of filth” in an article by The Australian , published today.

Drugs & Alcohol

More flaws in O'Farrell's laws

Brad Norington & Mark Coultan - The Australian

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s planned mandatory minimum sentences for alcohol-related violence have been criticised for handing police “enormous” power to press assault charges requiring two to five years in jail, based simply on a person’s appearance of intoxication.


Children shouldn't have to choose to die

Mal Fletcher - On Line Opinion

Last week, The Times featured the heart-warming story of Deryn Blackwell, a 14 year-old boy who having been told he would likely die within a short time is now, against the odds, making a remarkable recovery. After the last of four bone marrow transplants in his treatment for a rare form of cancer, Deryn's parents were told that he was unlikely to survive beyond 50 days.


Young gay men are avoiding testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, a new study reveals

Rachel Browne - The Age

One third of young gay men have never been tested for HIV or other sexually transmitted infections despite the fact that they are increasingly likely to have unprotected sex with casual partners. Health professionals have raised concerns about the 65 per cent increase in the number of men aged 18-24 newly diagnosed with HIV in NSW between 2009-12.


Success patchy in truancy drive

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

The crackdown on truancy in 40 Aboriginal communities has revealed mixed early results, with attendance levels up 14 per cent from last year’s term-one average, but some schools going backwards despite intensive efforts to get kids into classrooms.

Overseas Aid

Diplomats ponder aid to Lebanon in Syria’s wake

Al Arabiya News

A coalition of international diplomats and bankers will meet over a political and humanitarian crisis looming in Lebanon as it struggles with spillover from the war in neighboring Syria, a senior U.S. official said, according to the Associated Press.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Female Broadcaster: 'I almost became a victim of human trafficking at the Sochi Olympics'

Cork Gaines - Business Inside

Brittney Cason, a former NFL cheerleader and current sports radio personality in Charlotte, thought she had landed a huge opportunity as a broadcaster for a major network at the Sochi Olympics.


Fatal violence occurred after G4S guards went in, PNG report finds

David Wroe & Sarah Whyte - The Age

The violent clashes on Manus Island that left an Iranian asylum seeker dead happened after local G4S staff descended on protesting asylum-seekers, a preliminary police report has found. A Papua New Guinean police spokesman has told Fairfax Media that 23-year-old Reza Barati was killed by multiple blows to the head, probably from a piece of timber.


Can Cardinal George Pell cure the Vatican's financial ills?

Austen Ivereigh - ABC

Pope Francis has announced the biggest shake-up in Vatican administration for years by creating a new Secretariat for the Economy which will have oversight of all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and the Vatican City State. The changes have been made by means of a motu propio - meaning, on the Pope's own initiative.