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.




Abortions linked to risk of preterm birth

Nicholas Bakalar – New York Times

Induced abortions may raise the risk for very preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies, a new study reports. 

Drugs & Alcohol

Booze and drugs culture rife in construction industry: study

Katherine Feeney - Brisbane Times

For better or worse, construction has a blokey reputation, but new research from Brisbane finds a "hazardous" consumption of recreational drugs and booze is latest problem facing the industry.


PM pledges to push for better teachers to make the grade

Bianca Hall – SMH

Only the best and brightest will be able to get into university teaching courses under the federal government's reform package to improve the educational outcomes of the nation's children.

Good education is not all about the teachers

Tony Vinson – The Punch

Amidst news of the tragic death of Australian servicemen, worries about the economy and concerns about firearms in Sydney, it has to be a great day when our national government calls a halt to bad news and focuses attention upon a positive goal: improving our children’s education.


Aid for every indigenous student

Patricia Karvelas – The Australian

The government has ignored one of the chief recommendations of the Gonski review because it would have disadvantaged thousands of indigenous students, and instead opted to provide extra money to every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student in every school.

Indigenous spend topping $25bn

David Crowe – The Australian

Public spending on indigenous Australia jumped to $25.4 billion in just two years amid a growing debate over whether the cash is improving education, health and employment for 575,000 people.


Garrett defiant on gay marriage

Leesa Smith – Southern Courier

Kingsford Smith MP Peter Garrett says he is echoing the majority of the community with his support for same-sex marriage.

Democrats plan big symbolic step on same-sex marriage

Joe Garofoli – Seattle Times

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eight years after California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the push for legalizing same-sex marriage was "too much, too fast, too soon," the Democratic Party will make history Tuesday when it is expected to be the first major party to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform.


Labor stalls despite Newspoll boost for Gillard

ABC Online

The latest Newspoll shows Labor's momentum has stalled, despite Prime Minister Julia Gillard's personal approval rating reaching a seven-month high.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christian fightback: Equality watchdogs take on Cameron and back the right to wear cross at work

Steve Doughty – Daily Mail

David Cameron’s own equality chiefs will take him on in a European court today by championing the rights of Christians to wear a cross at work.

‘Blasphemous girl,’ Rimsha Masih, denied bail again in Pakistan

A Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that has sparked international outcry must spend at least four more days in jail after a court adjourned a bail hearing.


People-smuggling charges dropped

Michael Gordon – The Examiner

After two years in detention, most of it in maximum security prison, it took barely 10 seconds yesterday for Jeky Payara to be told he wasn’t facing any charges after all, and could return to his village in the remote Maluku Islands of Indonesia.

Violent asylum seekers’ security risk

Gemma Jones – The Telegraph

Asylum seekers with violent histories are being released on bridging visas or into community detention - and one was even allowed to marry in detention and make home visits to his wife.