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.



Doctors could give kids, 9, drugs to prepare for sex change

The Christian institute

Children as young as nine could be given drugs to block puberty in order to prepare them for sex change surgery. An NHS trust that specialises in treating children diagnosed with ‘gender identity disorder’ is to offer treatment which suppresses the production of testosterone and oestrogen and prevents sexual organs maturing.

Charities & NFP

Salvation Army says donations from its Red Shield Appeal not to fund compensation for victims of abuse


Child sexual abuse and a tough federal Budget will both have an impact on this weekend’s annual Red Shield Appeal. The Salvos have promised to prove that donations will not be used to fund compensation for victims of abuse.


Complaints claiming Tooheys Extra Dry ‘mouth abuse’ ad is sexist dismissed by ad watchdog


The Advertising Standards Board has dismissed complaints against the Tooheys Extra Dry ‘mouth abuse ad’ which claimed the ad was sexist.


Bleijie pushes gambling awareness after upping spend limit

APN Newsdesk

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has launched Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, less than six months after government reforms upped the amount gamblers could feed into poker machines. At a Brisbane Hotel, Mr Bleijie said Australians had to be careful not to "get in over our heads".

Overseas groups win mega-casino bids

The Australian

Two Asian-backed groups have beaten local rivals, including a consortium fronted by Greg Norman, to be given the green light to push ahead with plans to build mega-casino resorts on opposite ends of the Queensland coast.


Anorexia claiming kids as young as age 7, amid unhealthy obsession with body image

Greg Stolz - The Courier Mail

Australia's obsession with obesity is feeding deadly eating disorders which are claiming victims as young as 7, including an increasing number of boys. Experts told a national eating disorders conference on the Gold Coast yesterday of a “toxic culture” of body image which is causing huge physical, psychological and financial harm.

Overseas Aid

Australian aid project provides clean water solutions to save Kiribati babies


An Australian independent aid project is tackling water and sanitation problems in Kiribati to combat the nation's high infant mortality rate.


Labor set to ban power sharing

The Australian

The Tasmanian ALP is expected to ban future Labor leaders from inviting Greens — or any other minor party’s MPs — into state cabinet.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

21 million in forced labor worldwide, UN

John Heilprin - AAP

Forced labour produces illegal profits of $150 billion a year, the United Nations' labour agency said Tuesday as it appealed for global eradication of the abuse. It found that nearly two-thirds of the estimated profits, $99 billion, come from sexual exploitation, including prostitution and pornography.


Rate of mental health disorders higher in offshore detention centres, report reveals


Asylum seekers detained offshore have a higher rate of distress and mental health disorders than those in detention in Australia, according to a new health assessment.