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.



Pro-choice paradigm lacks compassion on Zoe's Law

Zac Alstin - Eureka Street

A NSW bill seeks to create a new offence under the Crimes Act for causing serious harm to, or the destruction of, a child in utero. The bill was originally introduced by Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile and dubbed 'Zoe's Law' in honour of the unborn child killed when her mother was hit by an allegedly drug-affected driver. Dismayed at the lack of legal recognition for their daughter's death, Zoe's parents have since campaigned for a change in the law, stating that: 'There has to be a specific law that recognises the viability of life and protects an unborn child.'

Children & Family

Foster children in danger over lack of welfare checks

Rachel Browne - SMH

Foster children in the care of the Department of Family and Community Services are in danger because thousands are not receiving the regular checks required under state government standards, a children's advocate has said.


Grand Theft Auto V review: more sex, more violence, less soul-searching

Chris Suellentrop - SMH

As video game players have got older, as anti-heroes have become routine across the culture, as sex and violence have permeated prestige television, the controversies that once surrounded the Grand Theft Auto games have begun to seem like sepia-toned oddities from another age. Sure, the new instalment, released on Tuesday, contains plenty that might offend those who enjoy taking offence, and it is still disturbing to see parents giving these games to pre-teenage children. Among the interactive pastimes Grand Theft Auto offers – alongside pursuits like yoga, sky diving, tennis, scuba and golf – are bong hits and lap dances.

Drugs & Alcohol

Man who died after Defqon1 dance party 'took three pills'

Lucy McNally - ABC

A man who died after attending a Sydney dance festival took three pills, New South Wales Police said. The 23-year-old travelled from Victoria to Penrith, in Sydney's west, for the Defqon1 festival on Saturday, which attracted about 18,000 hard trance fans.


Scott Driscoll rails against inclusive education policy

Amy Remeikis - North West Star

Scott Driscoll, the Redcliffe MP who has spent less than six hours in parliament since March, has suffered an intense reaction to a new education policy. Mr Driscoll, who is no stranger to dramatic, adjective-laden statements felt compelled to “express outrage” at the “sickening volley of political correctness” which “has just been coughed up on a foot path outside a Queensland state school near you”. The former LNP government member was referring to a new Education Queensland policy which “is dedicated to providing information for schools on supporting students who are same-sex attracted, intersex or transgender”.


Pressure to fast-track mines builds for incoming government

The Chronicle

Pressure is building on new Federal Environment Minister-elect Greg Hunt to approve three major Queensland projects which are due for a decision within weeks. The projects - Arrow Energy's LNG plant on Curtis Island, GVK-Hancock Coal's Alpha mine project and an expansion at Abbot Point port near Bowen - are awaiting approval in Canberra.

Human Rights

Most Syrians killed in unlawful conventional attacks: says UN Human Rights Panel

Sunny Peter - I B Times

As the U.S. and its allies clamour to punish the Assad government in Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians and rebels, a vast majority of Syrians have been killed in unlawful attacks using conventional weapons such as guns and mortars, with children making up a large proportion of the casualties. These are the findings of a United Nations appointed human right probe which is calling for a halt to weapons being supplied to both government and the rebel forces.


Indigenous Affairs a single portfolio under Abbott ministry


More than a week after winning the election, the Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott has announced his front bench. Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion has, as expected, been appointed the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.


Bishop calls for a moratorium

Hamish Boland-Rudder - The Canberra Times

Canberra and Goulburn's incoming Catholic Archbishop wants a moratorium called to stop the passage of any new laws on same-sex marriage. Christopher Prowse, currently Bishop of the Sale diocese in Victoria, will take up the role of Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn in late November, and said he thought debate around equal marriage legislation took a narrow view.

No mandate for change

Lyle Shelton - The Australian

Tomorrow in Canberra nine people - eight Labor and one from the Greens - will set themselves up to decide marriage policy affecting the entire nation. Capitalising on the normal disruption of a change of federal government, the ACT government will introduce a bill for same-sex marriage into the territory's 17-member assembly.


Green is the colour of lame ducks

Shaun Carney - Herald Sun

Along the section of the Capital City Trail that snakes through the northern edge of the federal electorate of Melbourne, Adam Bandt's helpers were hard at work in the days before the election. They'd affixed small, green laminated cards to guard rails at road crossings that read "Vote bikes - vote Bandt".

Seselja retains healthy lead over Sheik

Ross Peake - The Canberra Times

Liberal Zed Seselja has fallen fractionally below one third of the primary votes as counting continues in the tight ACT Senate race. However Mr Seselja remains well ahead of the Greens' Simon Sheikh in the race for the second Senate seat.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

The sex industry's shadow victims

Nina Strochlic - The Daily Beast

Close your eyes and picture an underage sex worker: a victim of abuse, a runaway, homeless, kidnapped, bought and sold. It’s a profile we know all too well, depicted in various on-screen portrayals, articles, and awareness campaigns. Is your imagined victim a girl? If stereotypes about participants in the sex trade run the gamut, there’s one overarching one that is so ingrained it barely registers: gender. Estimates by some advocates put the number of boys in the commercial sex industry at potentially equal to that of girls.


Tasmania, the asylum isle?

Julian Burnside - SMH

At a public lecture in Hobart last Friday I put forward a couple of alternative ways of dealing with boat people. One proposal assumes that the federal government remains obsessed with the idea that we must keep boat people in detention until their refugee status is decided. (Why this is thought necessary is difficult to understand, since 90 per cent of people who have risked their lives getting here turn out, on assessment, to be refugees in fact. Just as they had said all along.)

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Islamists tell Egyptian Christians 'Convert, go broke, or die'

MNN Online

Egypt is still upside-down and sideways. Nearly a month after a state of emergency was declared, the interim government extended the order by two months. This action gives security forces greater powers of arrest. In mid-August, authorities and protestors clashed violently over the ouster of President, Mohamed Morsi. That led to a backlash of violence that claimed nearly 1,000 lives in the days that followed, with Christians targeted as the scapegoat. Open Doors CEO David Curry says, "Some of these extremist groups think that Christianity itself, the very existence of it, is problematic, so they're trying to snuff it out. So there's a confluence of events which is making it very, very dangerous to be a follower of Jesus in Egypt."

Muslims impose tribute on Egypt’s Christians

Raymond Ibrahim - Israel Today

Now that the attacks on Egypt’s Christian churches have subsided, stage two of the jihad — profiting from the fear and terror caused by stage one — is setting in: reports are arriving that the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in south Minya province to pay jizya — the money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords “with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued” to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29.

San Antonio adopts anti-Christian bias policy

Leigh Jones - World Mag

The San Antonio City Council approved changes this afternoon to the city’s nondiscrimination policy, making it illegal to show bias “in word or deed” against anyone in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community. Opponents say the ordinance criminalizes any disagreement with homosexuality.

Sexualisation of Society

No-strings sex between friends increasingly popular, but does it satisfy?

Rosemary Bennett - The Australian

It sounds like one of the greatest perks of the modern age, a perfect solution to finding fun between the sheets without the hassle of commitment. That may be why a third of young people have had a "friend with benefits", a partner they have regular sex with on the agreement that it will not progress to love and marriage.


Going on: Why a theologian can never retire

Stanley Hauerwas - ABC

On 30 June 30 2013, I retired from the faculty of the Duke University Divinity School. I am now an emeritus professor. I have a continuing appointment in the Divinity School at Duke as a Senior Research Fellow. That means I get to keep my office for at least two more years in exchange for being "available" - which means if a student or colleague wants to talk to me I will be more than happy to talk with them. Not a bad deal.