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

Gillard government 'got it wrong' on single parent payments, says Jenny Macklin

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Former senior Labor minister Jenny Macklin has told a gathering of single mothers the Gillard government "got it wrong" on cuts to single parent payments, acknowledging for the first time that she doesn't support the policy.

Drugs & Alcohol

Setback for O'Farrell 'one punch' law

Anna Patty - SMH

NSW Labor has won support for amendments to the O'Farrell government's controversial mandatory sentencing laws, leaving the tough ''one punch'' penalties in a state of limbo.

Babies to be taken from drug-addicted parents

Phil Jacob - The Daily Telegraph

Pregnant women who endanger their unborn child through drug or alcohol abuse will be forced to change their behaviour or have their baby taken away, under laws passed by the NSW lower house yesterday.

Homelessness & Poverty

Victoria spends the least of all state and territories on public housing 

Henrietta Cook - The Age

Spending on social housing in Victoria fell by almost half, or $247 million, last financial year, as 34,000 vulnerable people languished on the state's public housing waiting list.

NCOSS cost of living study shows poor are left behind

Rachel Browne & Anna Patty - The Canberra Times

One in seven people in NSW - more than a million - are living below the poverty line, which is higher than the national average, a new report has found. The Council of Social Service of NSW report, Cost of Living- who's really hurting has found the average weekly disposable income for households ranges from $348 to $1895.

Human Rights

Give people right to free speech, says Sue Gordon 

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

Indigenous leader Sue Gordon, the retired magistrate who led the Northern Territory intervention, has backed the Abbott government’s changes to racial discrimination laws, arguing the suppression of racism only makes it worse, driving it underground.

George Brandis rolled on changes to Racial Discrimination Act

Peter Hartcher & James Massola - SMH

Federal cabinet forced George Brandis to soften his original proposal to loosen constraints on racist insults and hate speech. In a lengthy cabinet meeting on Monday night - and amid growing backbench concerns - Senator Brandis watered down his proposals for changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

New senators back PM on act changes

Christian Kerr & Stefanie Balogh

Tony Abbott’s push to remove the shackles on free speech has won crucial crossbench support in the new Senate, with key players flagging they are prepared to back the government’s changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.


Labor veteran David Llewellyn has been returned in Lyons

Blair Richards - The Mercury

Labor veteran David Llewellyn has returned to politics after claiming the fifth seat in the electorate of Lyons. Former Greens MP Tim Morris has lost his seat.


What we did to victim was unchristian: Pell

Dan Box - The Australian

Cardinal George Pell fought a child sex-abuse victim through the courts in order to encourage other victims to "think clearly" about suing the Catholic Church, a royal commission has heard.