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.


Charities & NFP

Community organisation fearful of Abbott government gag

Peter Martin - The Age

The Australian Council of Social Service is concerned that the Abbott government is seeking to gag the welfare sector after comments from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison that government funding should not be used to support advocacy groups.

Drugs & Alcohol

Melbourne City Council rejects call for debate on legalising banned drugs

News Ltd

Melbourne city councillors have dumped a controversial proposal for the council to debate the merits of legalising or decriminalising banned drugs.

Inquest told women's prisons are 'awash' in illicit drugs

Rachel Olding - SMH

Women's prisons in NSW are awash with illicit drugs that are fuelling ''drug parties'' and fatal overdoses, an inquest has revealed. The death in custody of mother-of-three Tracy Brannigan from a heroin overdose should serve as a watershed moment that exposes the ''callous indifference'' of correctional services and staggering drug abuse within prisons, prisoner advocate Brett Collins said.


Outrage over giant Jesus air-balloon floating over Melbourne
(mentions ACL)

Andrew Jefferson - Herald Sun

Betting firm Sportsbet may have scored an own goal after linking Jesus Christ to gambling. Melburnians looking to the heavens this morning could have been forgiven for believing they had witnessed the Second Coming as a 46m high Christ the Redeemer statue emerged through the mist.

Betting company's stunt 'offensive' (mentions ACL)


A betting company has been slammed for being 'stupid, short-sighted and dumb' over a publicity stunt which links Jesus to gambling. It comes after 3AW Mornings last month received a tip-off that Sportsbet planned to float a hot air balloon over Melbourne in the shape of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue to promote betting in the upcoming Soccer World Cup.


Old, sick and poor will stop taking vital drugs, health economists warn

Melissa Davey - The Guardian

Criticism of Health Department's idea to save money by making people pay more for subsidised medical services and drugs.


Family Law remote approach to counter courtroom fears

Nicola Berkovic - The Australian

The Federal Circuit Court will begin holding Family Law hearings in indigenous health centres and make it easier for grandparents to take emergency court action involving children, in a bid to make the court more accessible to indigenous families.


Corruption watchdog given Palmer papers

News Ltd

All dealings Clive Palmer has had with the Newman government will be forwarded to the state's corruption watchdog. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney hasn't made a formal complaint and says it will be up to the Crime and Misconduct Commission to assess if the federal politician acted inappropriately.

Geoff Shaw's future: Victorian Government wants independent MP suspended from Parliament


The Victorian Government will seek to have balance-of-power MP Geoff Shaw suspended from Parliament for 11 sitting days without pay.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Vic teen 'forced into sex work': police

News Ltd

A 17-year-old girl may have been forced into sex work for three months, Victorian police say.