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.



Witchery asks for review after ad watchdog rules picture ‘sexualised’ children


Clothing brand Witchery has asked for a review of a decision by the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) over an image from a campaign which was deemed to amount “to a depiction of a child which is sexualised”


ABC shuts down vocal protesters who hijacked Q&A

Herald Sun

Radical student protesters hijacked ABC’s live Q&A program and called for Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne to “get out”. Mr Pyne took two questions from university students who identified themselves as members of the Socialist Alternative.

Homelessness & Poverty

Community land plan for older women at risk of homelessness

Meredith Clisby - Canberra Times

Community land trusts could form part of the solution to the increasing risk of homelessness faced by older women under housing stress in the ACT.


First openly gay bishop Gene Robinson announces divorce from husband

Martin Pengelly - The Guardian 

Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop whose election split the Anglican church, has announced that he is divorcing his husband. Robinson, 66, who retired in 2010, made his announcement in an email to the diocese of New Hampshire and in an article for The Daily Beast.


Budget pain hits early for Tony Abbott: Newspoll

Phillip Hudson - The Australian

Support for the Coalition has plunged to its lowest level in almost four years and voter dissatisfaction with Tony Abbott has jumped to the highest point since he became Prime Minister as the government prepares to deliver across-the-board pain in its first budget.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Brothel desperate for business offers pie and Coke for lunchtime clients

Kathleen Donaghey - Courier Mail

Ladies of the night are attempting to crack the daytime market with lunchtime meal deals offering a “pie, coke and a poke”. An exodus of tradies to the mines has forced legal brothels to find ways of attracting new clients.


PNG Governor slams asylum seeker policy


The Governor of PNG's capital Port Moresby has today taken out a full-page advertisement in two local newspapers, criticising the Australian-funded Manus Island detention centre. The open letter from Governor Powes Parkop to PNG's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato expresses "grave concern" at the treatment of asylum seekers there.

Sexualisation of Society

Australian Tax Office staff told they're dressing too sexy

Noel Towell - The Canberra Times

Public servants at the Taxation Office have been told they are dressing too sexily for their jobs. Bosses at Taxation have cracked down on the "revealing" or "immodest" outfits some of their officials were wearing to work, with a warning employees might be sent home to change clothes ruled too titillating for the office.

Sexualisation a danger to teen health

Steve Biddulph - WA Today

The latest report on adolescent sex is positive but not entirely reassuring.


'I abducted your girls ... By Allah, I will sell them': Nigerian Islamist leader claims responsibility for mass abduction

The Age

Lagos: Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader threatened in a videotaped statement seen on Monday to sell the more than 200 teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago.