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

Time to clear the air over at-risk children

Pru Goward - SMH

It is time to clear the air. In the wash-up of the last few weeks, it is apparent most of the commentary has avoided any meaningful discussion of the real improvements this Government has made to an area of social policy that few would argue has been suffering under structural deficiencies for many years.

Drugs & Alcohol

Australia's heaviest drinkers consuming more than a decade ago


Separate sets of research out today shows Australia's heaviest drinkers are consuming more than they were a decade ago, while the differences in drinking levels between men and women have disappeared over the past century.

Caffeine concern over teens and energy drinks

Sarah Whyte - The Sydney Morning Herald

One in three teenagers consumes the equivalent of 10 instant coffees a day in energy drinks that can cause insomnia, anxiety and heart problems, a leading sleep expert says. A survey of 110 patients conducted by Chris Seaton, a paediatric sleep specialist from the Westmead Children's Hospital, found 35 per cent of teenagers consume at least two energy drinks a day.


Funding cuts concern for Indigenous health programs

Tom Fedorowytsch - ABC

A Riverland health service says state funding cuts from a number of Aboriginal health programs will undermine efforts to "close the gap". The Riverland Division of General Practice (RDGP) had received about $500,000 over the past two years to support a number of Aboriginal services.


Former prime minister John Howard campaigning in Adelaide says children are better off with mum and dad, not being raised in gay marriages

Tory Shepherd - The Advertiser

Former PM John Howard is back on the campaign trail in Adelaide today after yesterday declaring marriage equality is "nonsense". Mr Howard, who is in Adelaide bolstering support for the Coalition, this morning set a cracking pace as he took to the Torrens for his famous morning walk.

‘Judas kiss’ will cost PM

Adam Ch’ng – The Australian

If there is actually such a thing as the “Christian vote”, on Monday night Kevin Rudd lost it. For many, the Prime Minister’s spirited defence of same-sex marriage on ABC1?s Q&A program was a watershed moment.

Christian Lobby response to Kevin Rudd’s changed stance on gay marriage

ABC NewsRadio Breakfast

Marius Benson interviews Lyle Shelton, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby

Overseas Aid

'It's not aid or trade, it's both'

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian

World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello has warned that richer countries such as Australia should not be trying to achieve budget goals on the backs of the poor by cutting the amount committed to foreign aid programs.


Tony Abbott to champion freedom of speech

The Australian

Tony Abbott plans to roll back Labor's laws that limit free speech on the basis of not "giving offence", defend religious freedom and reform the Australian Human Rights Commission. In an exclusive interview with The Australian, the Opposition Leader said that, if elected, he would work with his attorney-general, George Brandis, to require the commission to champion, instead of restrict, the right of free speech in Australia.

From MLA to Zed Seselja MIA: Libs defend forum 'no-show'

Matthew Raggatt - The Canberra Times

The Canberra Liberals have been accused of avoiding public scrutiny during the election campaign by skipping out on at least seven multi-candidate forums in the ACT. But a senior Liberals campaign spokeswoman rejected the suggestion by Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh that the party was hiding its candidates. Mr Sheikh's Liberal rival in the senate race, Zed Seselja, was forced to withdraw from a Tuesday morning forum hosted by the ACT Council of Social Service following the birth of his fifth child on Monday night.

Call yourself a Christian: private faith, public politics

Annabel Crabb - ABC

Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have both brought religion into politics before. But if this election campaign has shown us anything, it's that when politics and religion find themselves at odds in the breast of a politician, politics wins, writes Annabel Crabb. On paper, this should be the most theologically-charged campaign in Australian history.

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey to release Coalition costings today


Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey will release the coalition's much-awaited costings on its election promises today. The full list won't be presented as an alternative budget but it's understood it will reveal a marked improvement of the budget bottom line.


How do asylum seekers feel about prospect of TPV return?

Heather Ewart - ABC

Earlier this year we visited a group of asylum seekers on bridging visas and we return to Dandenong in Eastern Melbourne to see what may lie ahead for them if Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister in the federal election and reintroduces temporary protection visas.

Ten nations rejected requests to take refugees deemed threats

Daniel Flitton - SMH

Ten countries have knocked back Australian government attempts to offload a group of almost 50 refugees ASIO has deemed threats to national security. The High Court began hearing a challenge on Wednesday into the case of Tamil refugee Ranjini – a mother of three and the most conspicuous of the group given an adverse security assessment by the intelligence agency.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iran Government campaign to halt spread of Christianity


Iran's Islamic leadership has launched public campaign to halt spread of Christianity, well informed sources say. Iran's Islamic leadership has launched a public campaign to halt the rapid spread of Christianity among Iranians, BosNewsLife learned Monday, September 2.

Sexualisation of Society

Porn star Rod Daily announces HIV status, less than two weeks after actress Cameron Bay revealed diagnosis

News Limited Network

US porn star Rod Daily has announced via social media that he has contracted HIV, making him the second adult film actor to announce a diagnosis with the disease in the last two weeks.