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.




Woman died of complications from a previous abortion in Dublin hospital: inquest

Hilary White - Life Site News

The revelation that a young woman died in Ireland from complications of a stillbirth induction after a previous abortion has touched off calls for the overturning of the country’s recently passed abortion law.

Children & Family

Adoption is coloured by the past

Debbie Garratt - On Line Opinion

Australia's history of forced and coerced adoption practises and the ensuing cloud of maternal grief and anger permeate current perceptions and representations of adoption, and portray the practise as one which disempowers mothers, denies children their right to a biological family and leads to inevitable long term suffering for both.

Privatising adoption: easier for parents, riskier for kids

Patricia Fronek - The Conversation

Adopting a child can be a difficult and time-consuming process, with few opportunities for local adoptions. The number of adoptions in Australia has declined steadily since the 1970s, with just 45 local adoptions taking place in 2010-11. In the same period there were 215 adoptions from abroad, known as inter-country adoptions.

Family shares joys and challenges of adoption during National Adoption Awareness Week

Lara Lauth - Quest Newspapers

These two-golden-haired girls had a rough start to life passed from one household to the next, while both parents did time in prisons in the United States. Now they live with parents who would do anything for them, and are a picture of health and happiness. Cheyenne, 5, and Reese Gavin, 4, are a shining example of how adoption can change a life. North-West News spoke to Sherrie Gavin and her Albany Creek family in time to acknowledge National Adoption Awareness Week, which started on Sunday.


Standing up to the politcially-correct bully boys

Ross Fitzgerald - The Daily Telegraph

Freedom of speech has never been more threatened in Australia. A raft of ostensibly well-meaning anti-discrimination legislation is casting a pall of censorship and political correctness over the nation.

Parents say raunchy pop stars have ‘gone too far’

The Christian Institute

Most parents fear that sexually provocative pop stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna are having a damaging effect on their children, a survey has revealed. And a head teacher has spoken out against lewd celebrity role models saying their behaviour is leaving schoolgirls feeling “manipulated and confused”.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

China: Booming surrogacy business is a legal grey area

Karen Lee - South China Morning Post

True to their reputation for no-holds-barred entrepreneurship, a growing number of mainland companies are cashing in on the burgeoning surrogacy business, albeit discreetly. A combination of factors, including widespread infertility, a culture steeped in continuing the bloodline and - in some cases - the official one-child policy has led an increasing number of mainlanders to rent a womb. The issue came to prominence in 2006, when a Guangdong couple was found to have eight babies born to two surrogates at the same time, with a price tag of one million yuan (HK$1.27 million). A public outcry ensued.

Drugs & Alcohol

Should alcohol and school fetes mix?

Monica Dux - ABC

If Australians had such a healthy relationship with alcohol, the suggestion that schools abstain from serving alcohol at fetes wouldn't prove to be so controversial, writes Monica Dux.


Aust first euthanasia clinic in Adelaide

The Australian

People will not attend Australia's first euthanasia clinic to die but to obtain information and drug test results, says Dr Philip Nitschke. The voluntary euthanasia campaigner and Exit International director said the clinic and research laboratory will open in Adelaide by the end of the week.


NZ Govt deal with gambling industry bad for families


Family First NZ says that the passing of the New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill today is morally bankrupt and that the government should be encouraging tourists to come to New Zealand to see the country and our culture – not casinos.

Packer's Sydney casino raises questions

News Ltd

The government says James Packer's exclusive high-rollers Sydney casino is a win for the city, but analysts and critics question whether the money will add up. Premier Barry O'Farrell on Monday gave the nod to the Crown Group's $1.3 billion development at the contentious Barangaroo site on Sydney Harbour.


Australia will soon have first Indigenous PM: Abbott


Less than fifty years ago, Indigenous Australians were counted in the census as flora and fauna, not citizens. But now, Mr Abbott says, it won't be long until he has an Indigenous successor. "We have in Ken Wyatt, the first Indigenous member of the House of Representatives, and in this term of Parliament we have in Nova Peris the first female Indigenous member of this Parliament.


Same-sex marriage has an unexpected foe

Michael Cook - Mercator Net

Just when you thought that all the arguments against same-sex marriage had been led to the starting gates, a new horse canters up. Writing in The Conversation, a op-ed site for academics, Annamarie Jagose, an internationally renowned expert in feminist studies, lesbian/gay studies and queer theory at the University of Sydney, argues that legalisation would be a disaster for gays and lesbians. “Why should marriage continue in the 21st century to be a primary mechanism for the distribution of social recognition and privilege?,” she asks.

Overseas Aid

International aid pours in for Philippines


International aid is pouring in for the Philippines as authorities step up efforts to reach survivors driven to looting after one of the world's strongest typhoons devastated their towns. About $A100 million in emergency assistance has been pledged so far, and more is on its way as the country struggles with the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 1774 people. Australia is sending a 36-member medical team, and equipment and supplies with the capacity to treat up to 4000 patients over a two-week period in a temporary 50-bed hospital, Health Minister Peter Dutton said.

Amid typhoon response, concern over future of AusAID after graduate jobs terminated

Katie Silver - ABC

Concerns remain about the future of the government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program, AusAID, despite its role coordinating the nation's response to the Philippines typhoon emergency.


A day of tradition and politics


Even on a day largely devoted to tradition, you couldn't keep the politics out of parliament. The 44th Commonwealth parliament finally opened on Tuesday with everything changed: the coalition on the Speaker's right, the much diminished Labor on the left, a sea of new faces and a new speaker, the redoubtable Bronwyn Bishop. It was the final, visual illustration that power had crossed the floor.

New Speaker Bronwyn Bishop to brook no nonsense in Parliament's House of Hogwarts

The Age

Bronwyn Bishop had waited a long time to become Mistress of the House of Representatives, and with her throne in sight, she was not about to mess about with all that faux struggling against destiny.

Last resort for Palmer's employees as Clive settles in to Canberra

Hedley Thomas - The Australian

Secret crisis talks among senior and junior employees at Clive Palmer's dinosaur park and tourism resort on Queensland's Sunshine Coast have led to a plea for workplace regulators to investigate claims that staff are at risk from unusual levels of "constant stress and abuse" and the wrongful stripping of their entitlements.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Egypt is worst Arab state for women, Comoros best - survey


Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, a poll of gender experts showed on Tuesday. Discriminatory laws and a spike in trafficking also contributed to Egypt's place at the bottom of a ranking of 22 Arab states, the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey found.


Tony Abbott leaves door open to people swap deal with Indonesia

Ben Packham - The Australian

Tony Abbott has failed to rule out taking additional refugees from Indonesia in return for Jakarta accepting back asylum-seekers picked up in its search and rescue zone. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today said the Coalition would not enter into any "people swap" arrangement. But an adviser to Indonesia's vice-president says such an arrangement is being considered by both countries.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

North Korea executes 80, some for minor offenses, newspaper says

LA Times

North Korea staged gruesome public executions of 80 people this month, some for offenses as minor as watching South Korean entertainment videos or being found in possession of a Bible, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.


Dan Savage on sex, cheating and happiness

David Wilson - Eternity Newspaper

Monogamy is really hard to practice and the majority of married couples do a lousy job of it, so says American Sex Advice Columnist Dan Savage, in Australia for the Festiva of Dangerous Ideas this month. Cheating is therefore something that happens in the majority of relationships and so it should be seen as normal and recognised as ‘no big deal’. (If you Google Dan Savage you will get over 28,000 results but if you choose to wander through them be prepared for some graphic sexual narrative. The Wheeler Centre’s blurb on Savage gives a G rated version on who he is and what he says as does Wikipedia.)

Community groups, parishioners out in the cold after closure of Lilydale Uniting Church

Allie Crosgrove - Herald Sun

The closure of a Lilydale church this month will leave parishioners and at least seven community groups without a home. Lilydale Uniting Church council treasurer Lorraine Smith said the congregation, comprising about 40 people, would need to find somewhere else to worship and groups that rented the church hall would need to find a new location.