potnACL 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

Elder abuse victims fear family backlash and opt against litigation, Perth conference told


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.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Former Family Court judge urges police checks in surrogacy cases

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian 

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.

Drugs & Alcohol

Lock-out laws reduce violence, drunkenness in Sydney and Kings Cross: police

Nick Ralston & Michael Koziol - SMH

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.

Ice report's 54-point plan to fight drug scourge 

Tammy Mills - The Age

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 policy and funding is descending into chaos, say leaders

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

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".


Glen Eira Council send officers on marriage equality fact finding mission

Andrea 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 bill

Rosie 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.


Secret isolation unit used for 'misbehaving' asylum seekers on Manus Island

Michael 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 & Persecution

The plight of Christians in Iraq and Africa: The obscenity of silence

John Stonestreet - Christian Post

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.


Atheism has a creation myth, too

Simon Smart - The Drum

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.