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

Childcare experts slam plan to restrict funding for vulnerable children 

Rachel Browne - The Age

A proposal to restrict childcare subsidies for stay-at-home mothers has been slammed by children's advocates who say it will penalise vulnerable youngsters. The means-tested childcare benefit, which offers 24 hours a week of subsidised care regardless of whether a parent is working or studying, is being examined as part of the Productivity Commission's inquiry into creating a sustainable childcare system.


Slogans faces public backlash 
(mentions ACL)

Pak Yiu - 4BC Mornings

The infamous Australian campervan company, Wicked Campers, is facing public criticism for its latest misogynistic and sexist slogans painted on the side of their vehicles. Wendy Francis, Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby and spokesperson on women's issues joined Patrick on 4BC Mornings and said she was shocked with the slogans written not only the side of the vehicles, but also on the back.

Drugs & Alcohol

Ice focus: Drug's devastating impacts

Latrobe Valley Express

It's the "cataclysmic, destructive" impact on families that hits local magistrate Clive Alsop the hardest when dealing with ice cases.


Pokie venues should get perpetual licences, not 10 years: clubs

Richard Willingham - The Age

Victorian poker machine venues should be granted licences to own and operate pokies in perpetuity, rather than the present 10-year entitlement, club managers have demanded.

Homelessness & Poverty

Generosity 'entrenching' homelessness

Fenella Wagener - 3AW

Generous Melburnians are driving into the city each week to drop off money, furniture and even portable showers to the city’s homeless but the Salvation Army says it's doing more harm than good. Major Brendan Nottle told 3AW Breakfast although he did not want to lose the great level of compassion among Melburnians; it was a “fine line between entrenching homelessness and alleviating homelessness”.


Investing in Indigenous health leadership

Elizabeth Brumby - The Age

Despite advances in healthcare in recent years, Indigenous Australians have a shorter life expectancy, higher mortality rates and higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes than other Australians. For Indigenous Australians born between 2005 and 2007, life expectancy is estimated to be 67.2 years for males and 72.9 years for females: around 10 – 11 years less than non-Indigenous people.


David Leyonhjelm urges libertarians to come out of the closet on gay marriage

Latika Bourke - ABC

New crossbench Senator David Leyonhjelm has flagged the possibility of cutting a deal with the Federal Government on asylum seekers in exchange for support for gay marriage. Senator Leyonhjelm will introduce legislation into the Parliament later this year aimed at legalising same-sex marriage.

Poll shows growing support for same-sex marriage

Lisa Cox - The Age

Support among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a survey by the Liberal Party's own pollster.

If Leyonhjelm is a true libertarian, why not allow polygamy, too?

Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun

Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm wants same-sex marriage legalised, arguing marriage is a private matter.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Jenny Stanger fights to liberate the slaves

Jordan Baker - The Daily Telegraph

We think slavery and people trafficking ended long ago. But Jenny Stanger’s life’s work is to remind us it still happens, even in Australia, in places as seemingly innocuous as construction sites, restaurants, farms and nail salons. Ms Stanger is the founder of Australia’s first refuge for trafficked women.