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

Welfare farmed out, child protection gets $500m

Rick Morton - The Australian 

Child protection service received a half-billion dollar windfall in the NSW budget as the Coalition government continues its drive to spin out core caring functions to the non-government sector, in the process improving caseworker ratios.


WHO urged to act on booming e-cigarette sales as study finds market growing at 10 brands per month


Doctors and health academics from around the world are urging the World Health Organisation (WHO) to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes, which are booming in an uncontrolled global market.

Overseas Aid

New focus on foreign aid solutions

Greg Sheridan - The Australian

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will today introduce a revolutionary new aid policy that will radically transform the aims and methods of Australia's $5 billion annual program.

New aid paradigm will encourage growth among our neighbours 

Julie Bishop - The Australian

Today at the National Press Club I am launching a new development policy and performance framework that will drive important reforms in our aid program. In recent years the world has changed in fundamental ways and we must change with it.


New Senate ends Labor-Greens log-jam

News Weekly

On July 1, the senators elected last September commence their six-year terms. In the new Senate line-up, the balance of power will no longer be held by the Greens but by a disparate group of senators from several small parties. Despite the Abbott government’s decisive majority in the House of Representatives and increased representation in the Senate, it will still need the support of a majority of the eight minor party senators to get legislation through the upper house.

Bozzie gives his final spray in the Senate

The Australian

Ron Boswell, the "father of the Senate", has given his colleagues a few words of parting advice as he wrapped up 31 years in parliament with a rousing speech. "To be taken seriously," the National Party veteran told a packed upper house on Tuesday, "you have to stand for something."


Morrison hits out at asylum lawsuit

Sky News

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has condemned as 'shameful and offensive' the lawsuit brought by survivors over the 2010 Christmas Island asylum boat disaster.

Greens call for moratorium on sending Iraqi asylum seekers back 

Sarah Whyte - SMH

The Greens will call on the federal government to introduce a moratorium on sending any Iraqi asylum seekers back to Iraq as the country struggles with a growing sectarian conflict engulfing the country.

Sexualisation of Society

Manly father calls on Myer to scrap ‘skinny’ Winx Club doll from shelves

Daily Telegraph

A Manly father has launched a campaign against retail giant Myer to remove a “skinny” doll amid fears it sends the wrong message to young girls regarding body image.


Holy day matches not good for football, say religious leaders

Nick Toscano - The Age

Religious leaders have condemned the AFL's decision to go ahead with Good Friday football as a greedy cash-grab taking precedence over important cultural traditions. Bishop Philip Huggins, of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, said Monday's announcement that Good Friday games will begin as early as next year had caught him by surprise.