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

$22m in child support debt

Barry Prismall - The Examiner

Deadbeat dads in Tasmania owe a massive $22.3 million in child support, as of August 31 this year. The revelation has prompted Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic to lobby federal ministers for a review of the system.

Drugs & Alcohol

NSW laws that come into effect today outlaw the use, supply or manufacture of synthetic drugs


Tough new NSW laws banning a range of synthetic drugs come into effect today, the State Government says. In a statement, the Government said the new legislation made it an offence to possess, manufacture, supply or advertise "psychoactive substances''.

Female alcohol abuse is a 'global epidemic'

Ann Dowsett - Daily Telegraph

Alcohol abuse is rising in much of the developed world - and in many countries, female drinkers are driving that growth. This is global: the richer the country, the fewer abstainers and the smaller the gap between male and female consumption.


Euthanasia advocate rues Silk Road shutdown

Ben Grubb - SMH

Prominent Australian right-to-die campaigner Philip Nitschke says the shutdown of black market website Silk Road will have a devastating impact on people who use it to obtain euthanasia drugs. Last week US authorities busted the online bazaar for drugs, arresting the suspected mastermind Ross William Ulbricht, also known as "Dread Pirate Roberts", in San Francisco. His attorney has denied the charges.


Lose or be locked out; you bet!

Michael West - The Age

If you gamble online, the odds are you are - sorry, there is no easy way to put this - a loser. But the good thing is that someone still loves you very much - the bookies. And the odds are they are Poms. The Poms are snapping up the corporate bookmakers. British juggernaut William Hill has splashed $700 million to bring Tom Waterhouse, Sportingbet and Centrebet into its stable of online betting brands while Sportsbet is owned by Paddy Power of Ireland.


Beyondblue report shows doctors are at most risk of mental health issues

Sue Dunlevy - News Ltd

Don't expect any sympathy from your doctor because they are likely to be burnt out, boozing too much and as depressed as their patients. A beyondblue survey of 14,000 medicos has found one in five doctors has contemplated suicide, one in four has depression or a minor psychiatric disorder and as many as one in six is drinking at moderate risk levels.


Church seeks same sex marriage recognition

WA Today

Anglicans in Perth have voted in favour of recognising same-sex relationships, including marriage. The Reverend Chris Bedding of the Darlington-Bellevue Anglican parish said the church's synod had backed the resolution last year but it had been vetoed by the Archbishop.

Forrest calls for rethink on same-sex marriage

Doug Dingwell - The Advocate

Tasmanian MLC Ruth Forrest urged colleagues to take "an open mind and an open heart" to a report that could revive Parliament's same-sex marriage debate. Ms Forrest will move a motion in the Legislative Council on October 15 to restart the debate after the house voted down same- sex marriage legislation last year.


What the left needs to do to regain its mojo

Nicholas Reece - The Age

September was not a good month for left-of-centre political parties. On the same day the ALP was defeated in Australia's federal election, the Norwegian Labour Party also lost office in Norway's national election. The following weekend in Germany the left-of-centre Social Democratic Party was again soundly beaten by the ascendant Christian Democratic Union led by Angela Merkel.

Where does the madness of quotas end?

Mungo MacCallum - ABC

One of the few points of difference in Bill Shorten's leadership pitch is the suggestion that Labor's quota system be expanded to embrace not only women but also Indigenous Australians and gays. But if Shorten is fair dinkum about this thought bubble, then he totally misunderstands the nature and purpose of representative democracy.

Motoring Enthusiasts in chaos as Queenslanders sack Victorian arm

Heath Aston - Canberra Times

The political party behind 4WD-loving senator-elect, Ricky Muir, has descended into civil war. The Queensland-based founders of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party have sacked the leadership of the Victorian arm of the party - effectively leaving the 32 year-old media-shy father of five representing a party that does not currently exist in that state.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Turkey: NGO; over 100,000 sex slaves, half are children


There are over 100,000 women working as sex slaves in Turkey, of which half are children, a non-governmental organization has revealed in an extensive report on prostitution in the country quoted Saturday by daily Hurriyet. Up to 3,000 prostitutes work in brothels located in 55 of the 81 provinces of Turkey and 15,000 other registered prostitutes work with an official document.


Italy pulls 32 more bodies from shipwreck


Italian divers today recovered 32 more bodies of migrants who died when a fishing boat with some 500 people onboard sank within sight of the tiny island of Lampedusa. Italy's integration minister, Cecile Kyenge, watched as soldiers transferred body bags from boats and onto trucks to be brought to the makeshift morgue. There the survivors of the tragedy were bidding farewell to the other 111 deceased fellow travelers who were recovered from the sea on Thursday.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Sunni/Shi'ite battle intensifies, Christians flee to safer ground

MNN Online

Rising sectarian violence is putting Iraq on the path of civil war. Battle lines have deepened since April, as Sunni Islamist militants kill increasing numbers of civilians to invoke "revenge" on the Shi'ite government. Since 2013 began, nearly 5,000 people have lost their lives in sectarian violence.

Sexualisation of Society

Revenge porn: caught in a web of spite

Mark White - SMH

Hundreds of Australians - most of them women - find themselves targets.