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 & FamilyElder abuse victims fear family backlash and opt against litigation, Perth conference toldAAP
Donor Conception & SurrogacyFormer Family Court judge urges police checks in surrogacy casesNicola Berkovic - The Australian
WA's criminal justice system is not set up to deal with elder abuse and is unlikely to ever prevent it from occurring, according to one of the state's top cops. Acting Assistant Commissioner Lawrence Panaia said police used to think elder abuse was limited to roof repairmen preying on vulnerable seniors.
Drugs & AlcoholLock-out laws reduce violence, drunkenness in Sydney and Kings Cross: policeNick Ralston & Michael Koziol - SMH
Police checks should be conducted on parents who wish to bring babies born via surrogacy into Australia, says former Family Court chief justice Alistair Nicholson. Mr Nicholson called for an urgent review of surrogacy laws, after it emerged a NSW father had been charged with sexually abusing his twins born via commercial surrogacy in Thailand.
Ice report's 54-point plan to fight drug scourge Tammy Mills - The Age
The number of savage assaults within Sydney's popular nightspots has dropped dramatically since the introduction of lock-out laws and there is no evidence to prove the problems have moved elsewhere, police say.
IndigenousIndigenous policy and funding is descending into chaos, say leadersPatricia Karvelas - The Australian
A government panel has made more than 50 recommendations to help tackle Victoria's methamphetamine epidemic, including expansion of the drug court, and a police operation to stem supply of the drug from south-east Asia.
Indigenous leaders from across the country have joined forces to call on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to personally step in and address the federal Indigenous Affairs policy and funding environment, which they say is "descending into chaos".MarriageGlen Eira Council send officers on marriage equality fact finding missionAndrea Kellett - Herald Sun
Glen Eira Council has dipped its toes into the marriage equality debate and advocates are giving the move the thumbs up. Councillors last night voted 6-2 in favour of gathering information on how other councils are advocating for marriage equality.Liberal divisions tested over crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm's same-sex billRosie Lewis & Dennis Shanahan - The Australian
Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm's push for a vote on same-sex marriage is sparking a bitter reaction in government ranks as pressure mounts on Liberal MPs to support a conscience vote on the issue.RefugeesSecret isolation unit used for 'misbehaving' asylum seekers on Manus IslandMichael Gordon - The Age
The most notorious compound at the Manus Island detention centre does not appear on the official map. The four main compounds, Delta, Foxtrot, Mike and Oscar, are all clearly marked. But not this one.Religious Freedom & PersecutionThe plight of Christians in Iraq and Africa: The obscenity of silenceJohn Stonestreet - Christian Post
OtherAtheism has a creation myth, tooSimon Smart - The Drum
In a recent New York Times op-ed, Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, asked "Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?" That's a great question.
A new book argues that major atheist thinkers throughout history have owed a lot more to religion than some would like to admit, writes Simon Smart.