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

Family Court children 'compromised' as parents represent themselves

Jane Lee - The Age

Victoria Legal Aid says it will review cuts to its family services – which the Family Court’s Chief Justice has criticised as compromising children’s best interests – later this year.

Human Rights

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest launches Global Freedom Network in bid to end slavery

ABC News

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has launched an organisation to end modern slavery, with the support of the Pope and the senior Islamic authority. The Global Freedom Network was inaugurated at the Vatican, and brings together the Catholic, Anglican and Sunni Islamic faiths in a combined effort to stop modern slavery.

Race act set for radical reshaping

Christian Kerr - The Australian

The Abbott government is considering radically reshaping a second section of the Racial Discrimination Act in a move that would have reversed the outcome of the Bolt case.


Close the Gap Day to put spotlight on Indigenous healthcare

Cassy Small - SBS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can expect to live 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. The babies of Aboriginal mothers are twice as likely to die as other Australian babies, and in general Indigenous Australians experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease and diabetes.


Tasmania election: Greens and Labor blame each other for poor results

Daniel Hurst - The Guardian

Labor and the Greens have blamed each other for the loss of votes in Saturday’s Tasmanian state election, while the South Australian Liberals insisted electoral boundaries prevented them from claiming a “deserved” outright win.

Rogue Frankston MP Geoff Shaw quits Victorian Liberal Party

Matt Johnston - Herald Sun

Rogue Frankston MP Geoff Shaw has quit the Victorian Liberal Party ahead of a meeting this Friday that would have seen him booted him out. Mr Shaw, who resigned from the parliamentary Liberal Party last year to sit as an independent, had remained a member of the wider Victorian branch.


Asylum seekers tell of harrowing tow-back in orange lifeboat

Sarah Whyte - The Age

People smugglers are continuing to entice asylum seekers to Australia from Indonesia, despite ramped-up efforts by the government to stop the boats. In a report by the ABC's 7.30, asylum seekers filmed their harrowing journey aboard an orange lifeboat provided by the Australia government as they were towed back for a second time to Indonesia.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Criticising Islam, gays sets army major up for a fall

Paul Sheehan - SMH

Major Bernie Gaynor jnr has served three tours of duty in Iraq but he is going to be thrown out of the army this week, or next, or very soon. And he is not going quietly. Last week, I attended a conference in Melbourne called the Symposium on Islam and Liberty in Australia, organised by the Q Society, and Gaynor was one of the speakers.

Sexualisation of Society

SA judge says teens do not realise underage sex is a serious crime carrying a seven-year jail term

Sean Fewster - The Advertiser

A judge has refused to jail a 21-year-old man for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, saying today’s youth do not realise underage sex is a serious crime. District Court Judge Rosemary Davey’s comments have sparked calls from child protection authorities to teach all school students about the laws of sex and consent, and that they risk imprisonment for having sex under the age of 17.


ABC apologises to Andrew Bolt

Benjamin Preiss - The Age

The ABC has apologised to conservative News Corp Australia columnist Andrew Bolt over accusations he is racist that were aired on the Q&A program last week.