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

Family dinners may help kids cope with cyberbullying

Kathryn Doyle - Reuters

Like victims of face-to-face bullying, kids who experience internet bullying are vulnerable to mental health and substance use problems – but spending more time communicating with their parents may help protect them from these harmful consequences, a new study suggests.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Sex-abuse allegations in Thai surrogacy case

Mark Schliebs - The Australian 

Twin children born from a surrogacy arrangement in Thailand are at the centre of child-abuse allegations levelled against their Australian father. The man, aged in his 50s, has reportedly been charged with 10 counts of indecently dealing with the two children, along with child-pornography offences.

Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol bans in Kimberley Aboriginal communities having positive effect, Minister says


Alcohol bans at two Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley are producing positive results, WA Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron says. The Looma and Pandanus Park communities requested to be made alcohol-free under Section 175 of the Liquor Control Act in 2011.

Alcohol lockout zone gets mixed report in parliamentary inquiry

Michael Koziol - SMH

Aggressive behaviour has increased outside Sydney bars but the number of alcohol-related injuries at St Vincent's has declined since the city's 1.30am lockout was introduced, according to submissions made to a parliamentary inquiry.


Doctors warn on euthanasia

Andrew Tillett - The West Australian 

WA palliative care specialists are urging Federal MPs to reject the legalisation of euthanasia, warning doctors do not want to be put in the position of having to end patients' lives. They have told a parliamentary inquiry looking at the proposed introduction of national right-to-die laws that rather than deliberately ending life, more should be done on improving care for the terminally ill.

Right to die, or duty to die? The slippery-slope argument against euthanasia revisited

Charles Camosy - ABC Religion and Ethics

Here I want to leave the theoretical arguments often used to justify euthanasia aside, and focus instead on the problems inherent in implementing it as public policy. 


Queensland government hands out $25m in HIV and STI funding

Cameron Atfield - Brisbane Times

The Queensland government will provide $25.1 million over three years to help community groups combat HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and other blood-borne viruses. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the funding, spread over four grants, was awarded after 15 applicants from community-based agencies were assessed.

Victorian electorates make up half of Australia's top 10 eating disorder trouble spots 


Melbourne holds the unenviable title of Australia's capital of youth eating disorders, with almost 3200 people under 25 struggling in the inner-city electorate. New figures showing Victorian electorates make up half of the nation’s top 10 trouble spots were released as experts addressed MPs at a special Parliament House forum on the debilitating conditions that affect one million Australians.


Frustration grows among asylum seekers as PNG yet to offer resettlement 

Michael Gordon & Sarah Whyte - The Age

More than three months after Tony Abbott said asylum seekers would begin to be resettled in Papua New Guinea, the PNG government is still to decide on a resettlement policy. Although more than half of those whose refugee claims have been processed on Manus Island have been given "interim" positive decisions, none can be afforded refugee status until the PNG government agrees on a policy.


Brisbane City Council to promote pride festival on city's buses

Kim Stephens - Brisbane Times

For the first time in the 24 year history of Brisbane's annual gay pride festival, Brisbane City Council will advertise it on 50 of the city's buses. Brisbane Pride Festival, the city's annual month-long celebration of all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersexual and queer, kicked off with an official launch last Friday, where it was revealed the council would promote it for the first time on a selection of the city's bus fleet.