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

City childcare set to cost more

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian 

Inner-city families spending more than $100 a day on childcare fees are likely to be worse off under the Productivity Commission's preferred new model. The commission wants to replace the present scheme with a new early care and learning subsidy, paid directly to childcare centres rather than to parents and based on a deemed cost of care.

Divorce settlement payouts set to shrink under new tax laws

Marianna Papadakis - SMH

The cost of divorce for many wealthy couples will rise under a Tax Office ruling that imposes much bigger bills on property settlements. Tax and legal experts said the ruling reversed existing administrative practice and means the value of some settlements could be reduced by almost half.

Victorian laws to put neglectful parents on notice

Dan Oakes & Sam Clark - ABC

The Victorian Government is putting neglectful parents on notice with new laws designed to make it easier for foster carers to become permanent carers to the state's most vulnerable children. The parents of children placed into state care will have to prove within a year that they can properly care for their children or risk their children being placed into permanent care with other families.


Violent videogames linked to risk of crime, alcohol abuse


Violent videogames glorifying antisocial characters could increase teenage gamers' risk of criminal and other risky behavior like smoking and alcohol use, a US study said Monday. These adult-rated games also affect teenage users' self-image, according to the study by Dartmouth College researchers published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Nervous wait as Thai surrogacy of baby Gammy teeters

Simon King - The Australian

Revelations about the plight of baby Gammy, abandoned in Thailand by the Australian parents who paid a Thai woman to bear him, has struck home for many would-be parents. One woman, who asked not to be identified, said she was eight weeks off collecting her own ­surrogate-born infant in Thailand and was finding the furore over Gammy “nerve-racking and distressing”.

Homelessness & Poverty

Anglicare survey finds young homeless people critical of Tasmania's social support system


A survey of 22 young homeless Tasmanians has resulted in a damning assessment of the state's social support services. The survey of homeless people aged between 14 and 20 was conducted by Anglicare. Those surveyed told researchers Tasmania's Child Protection Services officers failed to intervene in domestic situations as often as they should, and follow-ups with families and children after removal was "often inadequate".

Human Rights

David Leyonhjelm backs George Brandis’s free-speech stand

Christian Kerr - The Australian

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is set to join Attorney-General George Brandis this week in a bid to reboot the government’s attempts to reform anti-discrimination laws. Senator Leyonhjelm said he would do what he could to stiffen the government’s resolve on reforms to sections 18c and 18d of the Race Discrimination Act, which have met strong opposition since amendments were released in March.


Bill Shorten’s indigenous referendum demands

Amos Aikman - The Australian

Explicit prohibition of racial discrimination in the main part of the Constitution is likely to be a condition of bipartisan support for any referendum to recognise ­Australia’s First People, Labor has flagged. While offering to work with the Coalition to agree on a constitutional referendum question before the next federal election, Bill Shorten said any proposal to change only the Constitution’s preamble would be inadequate.


Same-sex marriage polls flawed: National Marriage Coalition

Gerard Calilhanna - News Weekly

During the last sitting week of Parliament before the winter recess, two polls were released claiming 1) that Australia had decided in favour of same-sex “marriage”, 2) that opposition to it had collapsed, and 3) that there was no reason to delay legislation.


AIDS conference delegates seek asylum in Australia


Some 25 delegates to an international AIDS conference held in Melbourne last month fear returning home and will seek asylum in Australia, refugee and welfare agencies have said. HomeGround Services, which helps find crisis accommodation for homeless people in Melbourne, said 14 delegates from African nations - including Uganda and Tanzania - had sought their help.