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 violence victim advocates lobby Victorian Parliament ahead of election

James Fettes - ABC

Advocates for victims of family violence have called for the establishment of domestic violence units in every Victorian court as part of their bid to put the issue on the agenda ahead of the November state poll.

Drugs & Alcohol

Medical benefits of cannabis must be examined, say health experts

Grant McArthur & Andrea Hamblin - Herald Sun

Health experts warn Australia is falling behind the rest of the world by turning its back on the potential medical benefits of cannabis. It comes as the doctor asked to treat a sick Victorian boy said he was disappointed by the results of conventional medicine.

Accidental fatal overdose rates in rural and regional Australia overtake cities for the first time

Peter Mickelburough - Herald Sun

Rates of fatal accidental overdoses in rural and regional Australia have more than doubled in a decade, overtaking those in capital cities. Unintended fatal drug overdoses in the bush rose 127 per cent in 10 years, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data commissioned by the Pennington Institute.


Home schooling: concern children are not being monitored

Alexandra Smith - SMH

The NSW Department of Education does not know how many children are missing out on compulsory education, even though it is illegal for parents to keep their children away from school if they are not registered for home schooling.

Homelessness & Poverty

Homelessness study finds Mission Australia long-term housing program could save government millions

Lexi Metherell - ABC

A homelessness study has found supported accommodations could save governments millions of dollars each year. Mission Australia provided 74 long-term homeless men in Sydney with housing, a case worker and support services over two years.


Truancy tamed by welfare threats

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Indigenous school attendance improved when there was a threat welfare payments would be cut if children didn't go, but went backwards when the federal government failed to follow through. The findings are contained in a report by the University of Melbourne’s Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, to be revealed today.


Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

Anna Whitelaw - The Age

Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago. In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings - nearly one in four - involved Australian residents.


Coalition narrows Labor's slim poll lead


The latest Newspoll has mixed news for Tony Abbott, with the coalition gaining ground on Labor, but Bill Shorten ahead as the preferred prime minister. The federal coalition has narrowed Labor's slim lead in the latest Newspoll, which also shows voters are overwhelmingly in favour of the government's proposed terror travel laws.

Denis Napthine to put Tony Abbott at arm's length

John Ferguson - The Australian

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine will put the interests of his state firmly ahead of the commonwealth as he struggles to retain power amid complex political challenges flowing from the federal budget.


Refugees' mental anguish in Australia's 'Guantanamo' 

Daniel Flitton & Marc Moncrief - The Age

At least one in four refugees locked in indefinite detention on the basis of secret ASIO findings has attempted or threatened suicide, a new analysis has revealed. Several of the 44 refugees have now been incarcerated more than five years without charge in Melbourne and Sydney, and none are allowed to know the detail of the secret assessments used to justify their detention.