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.



Christians want billboards censored

Kym Agius - Herald Sun

Sexually explicit billboards are distorting children's innocence and their views of women, the Australian Christian Lobby says. The Queensland government is holding public hearings into whether sexually explicit and inappropriate outdoor advertising should be censored to protect children.

Committee urged to recommend penalties for explicit billboards

Maria Hatzakis - ABC

A Queensland child protection group says sexually explicit advertising is putting children at risk of abuse. A parliamentary committee is investigating the regulation of outdoor advertising across the state.

Ad bodies call on QLD parliament to reject push to regulate outdoor ads


Advertising industry bodies will urge a Queensland parliamentary inquiry to reject a push for greater regulation of outdoor advertising over concerns from Christian groups in the state, about what they argue is the “sexually explicit” nature of some outdoor content. The inquiry, which began today, heard testimony from groups such Australian Christian Lobby’s Wendy Francis and child advocacy group Braveheart’s Hetty Johnston who are urging the state parliament to look at laws that would provide government oversight over outdoor advertising.

US Rapper Tyler The Creator unleashes a torrent of hate on Sydney activist

Talitha Stone - Daily Life

I’m a 23-year-old psychology student from Sydney and in June this year, I was subjected to a horrific torrent of abusive tweets from fans of touring American rapper Tyler Okonma. I challenged Okonma’s lyrics which encourage rape and violence against women by vocally supporting a petition on that suggested he shouldn’t be playing all-age shows.

Drugs & Alcohol

Research chemical NBOM-e linked to drug deaths of teenagers Henry Kwan, Nick Mitchell, Preston Bridge

Conor Duffy - ABC News

A research chemical called NBOM-e is being blamed for the deaths of three high school students and one adult, with police and drug educators sounding an alarm to parents and students. The substance is sold on drug-dealing website the Silk Road for less than $2 and can also be purchased in bulk from factories in China.

Deadly chemical NBOM-e blamed for school drug deaths

Conor Duffy - ABC 7.30

A deadly research chemical called NBOM-e is being blamed for the deaths of three high school students and one adult with police and drug educators sounding an alarm to parents and students.

NT alcohol escapes show success: govt

Neda Vanovac - AAP

The Northern Territory government says it expects people to abscond from its mandatory alcohol rehabilitation program, with one man in Darwin escaping up to five times.

Pregnant ice addict accused of defrauding Melbourne Airport out of almost $90,000

James Dowling - Herald Sun

A pregnant ice addict in charge of issuing permits at the airport stole almost $90,000 from her employers in a year. Rebecca Dessmann dudded Australia Pacific Airport Melbourne Corporation of $86,773 by manipulating the cash register process and pocketing the money from her fraudulent bookkeeping. The security services co-ordinator was in charge of issuing various permits and asset cards for the airport.


Disability groups worry UK assisted suicide ruling will lead to euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg - Life News

A new court of appeal ruling on assisted suicide has alarmed disabled activists, who fear it could “let the genie out of the bottle” by relaxing laws on euthanasia.

Homelessness & Poverty

St Peters' All Souls' Anglican Church overwhelmed with donations for Anglicare's Magdalene Centre

Emma Altshwager - News Limited

Hundreds of people sleeping rough or struggling to make ends meet will receive much-needed supplies thanks to the generosity of eastern residents. St Peters' All Souls' Anglican Church lettered boxed 3500 homes in the area and encouraged residents to donate non-perishable items for Anglicare's Magdalene Centre, which provides emergency assistance to disadvantaged men, women and families across Adelaide.

Through the eyes of the homeless

Elise Pianegonda - ABC

Nathan Beer knows what it is like to be homeless. The 23-year-old has returned to his warm Canberra bed after spending almost a month sleeping rough, in the cold, on the streets of Melbourne.

Human Rights

Hundreds expected to protest anti-free speech ‘homophobia’ law in Rome, Paris

Hilary White - Life Site News

Up to 500 people are expected to hold a demonstration later tonight outside the Italian parliament to protest a bill that would criminalize homophobia and "transphobia," something constitutional experts believe would shut down citizens' right to free speech, especially for Christians.


Will polyamory follow same-sex marriage?

Michael Cook - Mercator Net

The reasoning is the same; the rewards are the same. Why not?


Obscure parties and why they want your vote

Sarah Michael - News Ltd

A new city between Sydney and Canberra, Coke in the bubblers, and an app that would decide how senators vote on new laws. These are just some of the out-there platforms minor parties are running on in the upcoming Federal Election.

Whish-Wilson is feeling the pressure

Ben McKay - The Examiner

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson knows there's a lot at stake on September 7. Who wouldn't, taking the place of Greens leader Bob Brown in the Senate in a crucial contest for the party's future. Under new leader Christine Milne the Greens are desperate to hold the balance of power in the next Senate, and wield the power that comes with it.


Labor's harsh line delaying boats

Paul Maley - The Australian

Authorities believe there are about 10,000 asylum-seekers in Indonesia seeking to come to Australia by boat and who still pose a major challenge to Kevin Rudd's Papua New Guinea Solution. But a massive public outreach campaign conducted by the International Organisation for Migration since the new policy was announced on July 19 is believed to have reached at least 3000 of those potential arrivals, many of whom are delaying or reconsidering their plans to come to Australia.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iran Christian sentenced to 10 years jail for evangelical activities

Stefan J. Bos - Bos News Life

An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on what his supporters say are false charges linked to his evangelical church activities, local activist said Tuesday, August 6. Mohammad-Hadi (Mostafa) Bordbar, a 27-year-old resident of the city of Rasht, was "tried by Judge Pir-Abbasi on the morning of June 9, 2013 in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran," amid a wider government crackdown on spreading Christianity in Iran said Mohabat News, an agency of Iranian Christian and activists.

US: Army chaplain assistant reportedly threatened with reduction in pay and rank over facebook post calling homosexuality a sin

Billy Hallowell - The Blaze

For those fearing alleged crackdowns on military personnel who support traditional marriage, an unnamed soldier’s story will raise some eyebrows. A female Army chaplain’s assistant recently came forward, telling conservative commentator Todd Starnes that she was reprimanded for posting a message on her personal Facebook page. In it, she called homosexuality a sin and spoke out against pastors who support same-sex relationships.

Sexualisation of Society

RG Dance mum arrested for allegedly creating child abuse material relating to her own daughters

Brenden Hills - The Daily Telegraph

The mother of two girls who attended an Inner West dance studio run by accused child sex offender Grant Davies allegedly made child abuse material involving her daughters. The 42-year-old, who can't legally be named, was charged with allegedly creating and disseminating child abuse material depicting her two girls when they were aged between 10 and 13-years-old.

PS sex injuries 'not the govt's responsibility'

Noel Towell - The Canberra Times

The federal government should not take financial responsibility for public servants having sex in motel rooms, the High Court has been told. Lawyers acting for federal workplace insurer Comcare told the court in Canberra on Wednesday morning that bureaucrats should not be entitled to taxpayer-funded compensation as result of a "personal choice." The case of a Canberra-based public servant, injured during a "vigorous" sex session in a motel room while on a work trip five years ago has now made its way to the highest court in the land.


World needs courageous Christian missionaries, Pope says

Catholic News Agency

Pope Francis delivered a strong call to Christians to share the faith in his message for World Mission Day, saying that in today’s troubled world “it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation, the Gospel of Christ.”

Average of 44 small businesses closing their doors each day, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data

Lisa Cornish, Samantha Landy - Herald Sun

An average of 44 small businesses per day are closing their doors. Skyrocketing electricity prices escalating labour costs and red tape are among reasons being blamed for the closures. Four in five federal electorates have experienced a downturn in the number of small businesses, an Australian Bureau of Statistics analysis has revealed.

The end of the Jensen ascendancy? What the election of Sydney's new Archbishop means

Muriel Porter - ABC Religion and Ethics

The election of Bishop Glenn Davies as Anglican Archbishop of Sydney is an extraordinary result by any measure.